February 15, 2017

U.S. official: Trump will not press ‘two-state’ peace track in first talks with Israel’s Netanyahu

By Michèle Flournoy

Source: The Washington Post

Journalist(s) Ruth Eglash, Anne Gearan

President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will formally inaugurate their partnership Wednesday in talks that could shape a new approach by Washington that does not emphasize on a two-state peace framework for the region.

Such a move, outlined by a U.S. official before the meetings, would mark a sharp contrast to Obama administration policies that strongly supported the two-state formula as the best option for potential peace deals between Israel and Palestinians.

Many Palestinians also would view the shift as a virtual abandonment of the principle adopted by preceding administrations, both Republican and Democrat. In a possible attempt to ease Palestinian concerns, however, the CIA chief held secret talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank, according to the Palestinian news agency Ma’an.

Read the full article at The Washington Post.

  • Michèle Flournoy

    Chief Executive Officer, CNAS

    Michèle Flournoy is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS).  She served as the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy from Febr...