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US again refrains from committing to Palestinian capital in East Jerusalem

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US correspondent based in New York

US State Department spokesman Ned Price avoids giving a US commitment that the capital of a future Palestinian state will be in East Jerusalem.

Pressed on the matter at the daily press briefing, Price dodges and instead regurgitates an old statement offering support for a two-state solution.

“The Biden administration believes that the two-state solution is the best way to ensure Israel’s identity as a Jewish and democratic state while living in peace alongside a viable and democratic Palestinian state. That is precisely why the two-state solution continues to be the crux of how we view the conflict and where we believe — and how we believe the conflict should be resolved,” he says.

State Department spokesperson Ned Price speaks during a press briefing at the State Department in Washington, Feb. 2, 2021. (Nicholas Kamm/Pool via AP)

Secretary of State Antony Blinken was asked about the matter during a CNN interview earlier this month and similarly avoided answering.

“Look, what we have to see happen is for the parties to get together directly and negotiate these so-called final status issues. That’s the objective. And as I said, we’re unfortunately a ways away from that at this point in time,” Blinken said then.

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