US ambassador to UN says America ‘absolutely’ supports two-state solution
Following President Trump’s statement that he is open to a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict outside the parameters of the two-state model, a number of UK newspapers explore what these options could be. The Times reports on the opportunities for a binational state, a confederation or annexation. The Guardian letters section discusses the possibility of a three-state solution comprising Israel, Palestine and Gaza.
The Guardian reports on yesterday’s meeting between Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Trump, doubting that Trump’s ditching of the two-state commitment is part of a considered strategy. The i reports that Netanyahu got everything he wanted out of the meeting. The Times reports, however, that for the US further progress on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process will likely have to wait until the region is calmer.
The Times reports on the possibility of an “Arab-Israeli alliance” to contain Iran’s growing influence in the Middle East. The alliance aims to involve countries like Jordan and Egypt who have diplomatic relations with Israel, but former Israeli ambassador to the US, Michael Oren, has stated another option: “As long as we keep it under the radar, we can get a tremendous amount of co-operation from the Saudis and the Gulf states.”
The Telegraph reports that the US ambassador to the UN has stated America ‘absolutely’ supports a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, contradicting President Trump’s comments on Wednesday.
The Financial Times reports on Israeli ambitions to become an exporter of medical marijuana.
Haaretz, Yediot Ahronot and Times of Israel all feature last night’s press briefing in which US President Trump responded to a question about a rise in antisemitism from an Ultra-Orthodox reporter by telling him to sit down and be quiet. The papers also report on the Senate confirmation hearing for David Friedman, Trump’s pick for ambassador to Israel.
Yediot Ahronot reports comments by US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, in which she says the US “absolutely” supports a two-state solution.
Maariv reports statements by Hezbollah Secretary General Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah in which he hinted that Hezbollah could hit areas in all parts of Israel, including its nuclear reactor in Dimona. Nasrallah also threatened to infiltrate Israeli communities near the border in a future war.
Israel Hayom quotes sources on the Prime Minister’s entourage who said they believe Israel will reach understandings with Washington about construction in settlements. Maariv report on worries within the Likud and Jewish Home that Netanyahu and Trump will come to an agreement that will involve setting final borders for Israel and evacuating some settlements.
Israel Radio reports that French Foreign Minister Jean Marc Ayrault met US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and told him that the Trump administration’s stand on the matter was unsettling and caused great confusion. In addition, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said his country feared that unrestricted construction in the settlements would make the two-state solution impossible.
Haaretz reports that Netanyahu asked former US Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro and former US Secretary of State John Kerry to secure an extension to Arnon Milchan’s US visa. Netanyahu is currently being investigated in Israel over allegations he received gifts from Milchan.