World Bulletin / News Desk
Donald Trump held a joint news conference Wednesday with visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, at which the US president backed away from Washington's quest for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
- 'Unbreakable bond' -
"With this visit, the United States again reaffirms our unbreakable bond with our cherished ally Israel."
"The state of Israel is a symbol to the world of resilience in the face of oppression." -- Trump
- Two states... or one? -
"So I'm looking at two-state and one-state, and I like the one that both parties like. I'm very happy with the one that both parties like. I can live with either one.
"I thought for a while the two-state looked like it may be the easier of the two, but honestly, if Bibi and if the Palestinians -- if Israel and the Palestinians are happy, I'm happy with the one they like the best." -- Trump
- Israeli compromises? -
"As with any successful negotiation, both sides will have to make compromises."
"The Israelis are going to have to show some flexibility, which is hard... I think our new concept that we've been discussing actually for a while is something that allows them to show more flexibility than they have in the past."
"As far as settlements, I would like to see you hold back on settlements for a little bit." -- Trump
- Palestinian 'hate'
"I think the Palestinians have to get rid of some of that hate that they're taught from a very young age. They're taught tremendous hate. I have seen what they're taught... it starts in the school room, and they have to acknowledge Israel." -- Trump
- Israeli demands -
"First, the Palestinians must recognize the Jewish state. They have to stop calling for Israel's destruction."
"Second, in any peace agreement, Israel must retain the overriding security control over the entire area west of the Jordan River." -- Netanyahu, hammering home his own prerequisites for peace.
- 'Historic opportunity' -
"We can seize an historic opportunity, because for the first time in my lifetime and for the first time in the life of my country, Arab countries in the region do not see Israel as an enemy, but increasingly as an ally."
"I believe that under your leadership, this change in our region creates an unprecedented opportunity to strengthen security and advance peace. Let us seize this moment together." -- Netanyahu, addressing the US leader
- Iranian 'threat' -
"The security challenges faced by Israel are enormous, including the threat of Iran's nuclear ambitions, which I've talked a lot about. One of the worst deals I've ever seen is the Iran deal. My administration has already imposed new sanctions on Iran, and I will do more to prevent Iran from ever developing -- I mean ever -- a nuclear weapon." -- Trump
- 'Unfair' UN -
"We reject unfair and one-sided actions against Israel at the United Nations, which has treated Israel, in my opinion, very, very unfairly." -- Trump
- Embassy to Jerusalem? -
"As far as the embassy moving to Jerusalem, I would love to see that happen. We're looking at it very, very strongly. We're looking at it with great care. Believe me. We'll see what happens. Okay?" -- Trump