President Trump said today (February 15, 2017) that the United States would no longer insist on a Palestinian state as part of a peace accord between Israel and the Palestinians, backing away from a policy that has underpinned America's role in Middle East peacemaking for the past two decades, according to the NY Times website.
"I'm looking at a two-state and one-state" formulations Trump said, appearing in a joint news conference at the White House with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel. "I like the one that both parties like... I can live with either one."
Trump also told Netanyahu, "I'd like to see you hold back on settlements for a little bit."
Netanyahu repeated his two prerequisites for a peace agreement -- that the Palestinians recognize Israel as a Jewish state and that Israel maintain security control over the entire West Bank. He added that the obstacle to peace is Palestinian hate, as demonstrated by building statues to those who carry out terrorist attacks and paying their families salaries.