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Officials in the Palestine Liberation Organization and Palestinian Authority warned U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday not to walk away from the so-called “two-state solution” to their seemingly endless conflict with Israel.

The president meets with Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday.

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The warning came in response to remarks by a senior White House official who said the United States will no longer impose any “solution” to peace on either party, but rather would support whatever deal the two sides reach together.

“A two-state solution that doesn’t bring peace is not our goal that anybody wants to achieve,” the official said at a White House briefing, according to several media sources. “Peace is the goal, whether it comes in the form of a two-state solution if that’s what the parties want or something else, if that’s what the parties want, we’re going to help them.”

Husam Zomlot, strategic affairs adviser to Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, said in a phone interview with Reuters in Jerusalem, “The two-state solution is not something we just came up with. It is an international consensus and decision after decades of Israel’s rejection of the one-state democratic formula.”

Hanan Ashrawi, a senior member of the Palestine Liberation Organization, was quoted as saying, “If the Trump Administration rejects this policy it would be destroying the chances for peace and undermining American interests, standing and credibility abroad,” in response to the U.S. official’s remarks.

“Accommodating the most extreme and irresponsible elements in Israel and in the White House is no way to make responsible foreign policy,” she added in a statement to the A-Sharq Al-Awsat English-language news site.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.

15 COMMENTS

  1. Warning, warning, warning. Whats with saying:
    ‘Pls’, do not forget us or we are afraid that USA
    will ignore pal. Arabians interests.
    Or what’s with: We want to be friends with USA
    and State Israel, we want peace, really friendship
    between Muslims, Christs with Jews, too etc?
    Noway for them? Warning shows their antisemitic
    aggressor face..

  2. The PLO is irrelevant. A remnant of the old terrorist world. The “Palestinians” lost their chances many times over the past 50 years. Unfortunately, if they continue with their hard-line, terrorist supporting approach, they will continue to be a failed non-state going nowhere fast.

  3. AS AN AMERICAN I DON’T LIKE THREATS. BUT I DON’T LIKE ANYTHING ABOUT THE PLO. LOW LIFE TRASH THAT USES THEIR OWN CHILDREN AS SHIELDS ARE GUTLESS COWARDS & THIS AMERICAN IS COMPLETELY AGAINST A 2 STATE SOLUTION WHEN I DO NOT BELIEVE YOU HAVE ANY RIGHTS OR BUSINESS BEING IN ISRAEL OR EVER ATTACKING ISRAEL.

  4. Does everybody know that there is a city sized ‘Palestinian’ camp in Lebanon. The Lebanese wont allow the people there to cross the edge of the camp into Lebanon. So much for compassion. No Muslim country has absorbed any of these so called Palestinians. Why? I love the way their leaders keep threatening other countries who don’t keep in line with their policies. But their propaganda fools most Scandanavian countries plus a few more. Unbelievable.

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