State Dept. spokesman says no change in Biden administration’s policy on recognizing Palestinian state

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US bureau chief

Asked about a report that the US is considering recognizing a Palestinian state, State Department spokesman Matt Miller says the Biden administration has not shifted its policy on the matter.

“We have been quite clear publicly that we support the establishment of an independent Palestinian state… with security guarantees for Israel… That’s been the policy of the United States for some time. That has been the policy of this administration,” Miller says.

But he goes on to dampen the report, suggesting that recognizing a Palestinian state has long been among the options weighed by successive administrations, even though none of them has taken that step.

“We look at any number of options. That’s part of the normal planning process. The vast majority of options never usually get implemented,” Miller says.

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