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Palestinians call on Trump to support two-state solution

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas (R) signs a request to join international treaties, with his aide Saeb Erekat at his side, April 1, 2014
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1967 borders refers the boundary between Israel and the then-Jordanian occupied West Bank

United States President Donald Trump should declare that the ultimate goal of peace negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians is the creation of a Palestinian state along the 1967 borders, the Palestinian chief negotiator said Monday.

The demand came shortly after King Abdullah of Jordan flew back to Amman after his first visit to Ramallah in five years, in which he discussed the peace process with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

"The summit meeting between His Majesty King Abdullah II and President Mahmoud Abbas has established a basis for continuing and deepening joint coordination on various issues," Dr. Saeb Erekat, the Secretary of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization and Palestinian chief negotiator, said in a statement on Monday,

"Especially the need for the US administration to define the ultimate goal of the peace process to achieve the principle of two states on the 1967 borders and stop all Israeli settlement activities including Jerusalem," he added.

1967 borders refers the boundary between Israel and the then-Jordanian occupied West Bank before the Six Day War.

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Israel refuses to countenance the resumption of direct peace talks, suspended since 2010, on that basis. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has branded them "indefensible".

The concept was boosted by former US President Barack Obama, but Trump has avoided committing his administration to a specific peace plan while his emissaries - son-in-law Jared Kushner and former personal attorney Jason Greenblatt - are sounding out the parties on how to best resume talks.

“I am looking at two-state, and one-state, and I like the one that both parties like,” Trump said during his first joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in February.

“I’m very happy with the one that both parties like,” Trump continued. “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.”

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their will not ever be a state until the palis decide on negotiating peace instead of caring out or inciting terrorist attacks there is currently nobidy to make peace with. Abbas needs to die. the dictator was long ago voted out of office. he does not represent anyone but himself. it does matter that the monkey dresses himself up in a Western suit and is laughingly called a moderate.

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