J Street calls on Trump administration to openly back two states

The left-wing American Jewish Mideast policy group J Street is urging the Trump administration to “make clear, as it so far has not at least publicly, that the US firmly supports a two-state solution and that the two-state framework is the only viable route to peace between Israelis and Palestinians.”

In a response to US President Donald Trump’s peace envoy Jason Greenblatt’s meetings this week with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, J Street puts out a Tuesday statement calling the meetings “the latest indication that the new administration has made the resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict a major focus of its early foreign policy and diplomatic efforts.”

But it warns that Greenblatt “should refrain from legitimizing any actions that could undermine the two-state solution, including settlement construction and expansion. No private understandings or agreements between the US and either party can stand in for serious negotiations that respect the rights and needs of both sides.”

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