Yesterday’s meeting between US president Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was seen by many as a reversal of almost two decades of middle eastern policy.
Some viewed his decision not to endorse the two-state solution backed by his predecessors, thereby abandoning America’s goal of an independent Palestinian state, as a step backwards.
But some on both sides of the border were more optimistic.
Richard Bell, a resident of Jerusalem said: “It was important for Netanyahu that Trump does not insist on two states, because there is some serious opposition, both in the Likud (Netanyahu’s party) and the right-wing parties in the government, to the idea of a two-state solution
While Trump said that his government would push for a peace deal and that he’d like to see a temporary settlements, the sudden change in US policy left many wondering what the future holds.
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