Nikki Haley keeps Trump’s question mark after 2-state solution

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley testifies during her confirmation hearing  on January 18, 2017 [AFP / SAUL LOEB]
Nikki Haley testifies during her confirmation hearing on January 18, 2017 [AFP / SAUL LOEB]
Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, addressed President Donald Trump’s comments Wednesday that spoke approvingly of either a two-state or one-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, breaking decades of U.S. commitment to a two-state solution.

“We absolutely support a two-state solution,” Haley said. “But we are thinking out of the box as well, which is — what does it take to bring these two sides to the table, what do we need to have them agree on?”

In other words, Haley echoed the president’s statements, indicating that the United States is open to anything that might be approved by those parties.

“I’m looking at a two state and one state, and I like the one that both parties like,” Trump said on Wednesday. “I could live with either one.”

There’s little indication that a one-state solution would be any more likely to bring about peace than the currently stalled two-state solution, and top Palestinian officials warn against it

“The alternative to a two-state solution is painful bloodshed,” Palestinian Liberation Organization spokesman Nasser al-Kidwa said. “This will not lead to the disappearance of a Palestinian state, and will not lead to the crushing of the prospect of a Palestinian state.”

02/16/2017 3:47 PM by David Kinzer

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