Netanyahu to Australian Jews: We Have to Battle Anti-Semitism

Posted February 25, 2017

Rubio clarified that in an ideal situation, a two-state solution would be preferred, in which Israel and Palestine would live side by side in peace.

"The two-state solution and the mutual recognition of the 1967 borders, with mutually agreed land swaps and Jerusalem as the capital of both states, remains the only hope for peace", said Victor Bostinaru, a Romanian member of the Socialists and Democrats (S&D) group.

The Ministry urged all states to declare a clear position regarding the Israeli attempts that aim to dissolve the two state solution.

Netanyahu, who was on an official visit to Australia, told journalists that he would only accept a Palestinian autonomous state in which Israel has the main security control over all Palestinian territories. Displaying his Twitter-limited ability to absorb information, Trump did what he does best, he "winged" it, leaving it as always for administration spokespersons to later explain what he supposedly really meant.

He added that only when the Palestinians "recognize a Jewish state, once they recognize the permanence of Israel and the right of Israel to be there as the national state of the Jewish people, in our ancestral homeland. everything else will fall in place".

Netanyahu to Australian Jews: We Have to Battle Anti-Semitism
Netanyahu to Australian Jews: We Have to Battle Anti-Semitism

The second issue that stood out in the press conference was on the question of Israeli settlements. "I'm very happy with the one that both parties like". On this question at least, Trump seems to have both gotten some cautionary advice on the issue and actually listened to it. Friedman refers to the West Bank as Judea and Samaria, its biblical name.

Netanyahu's visit comes after the Israeli parliament approved a law to legalise some 4,000 houses built on land privately owned by Palestinians in West Bank settlements. For him, the vital interest is a peace agreement, preferably one that involves not just Israel and the Palestinians, but also other Arab states.

The peace talks between Israel and Palestine have been stalled since April 2014.

Whether the Trump-Netanyahu bromance will continue to blossom is hard to predict. Netanyahu realizes that unchecked settlement activity and annexation of any parts of the West Bank will completely isolate Israel internationally and even put him on a collision course with the United States.

U.S. President Donald Trump for the first time as president expressed support for the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on Thursday, though he stopped short of a full-throated endorsement.

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In the early days of the Trump administration, Flynn was interviewed by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents about the call. He said the White House has yet to be forthcoming about whether Flynn was acting at the behest of the president or others.