‘Israel will have no other option but to accept a two-state solution’June 6th, 2009 - 4:52 pm ICT by ANI
Jerusalem, June 6 (ANI): Israel will eventually have no other option but to accept a two-state solution because the United States will not give up on this issue, according to Israel Radio.
Israeli officials said if Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu agrees to adopt the road map peace plan, he will prevent the Obama Administration from pressuring Israel to accept the establishment of a Palestinian state under other circumstances.
However, senior diplomats involved in preparing US envoy George Mitchell’s upcoming visit to Israel, reportedly said that Netanyahu will insist on continued settlement construction to accommodate natural growth.
New ways to incorporate the Jewish state’s needs into the new US foreign policy will also be examined, the officials reportedly said.
Mitchell will land in Israel on Tuesday. He is expected to meet with President Shimon Peres and with Netanyahu, as well as with Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, The Jerusalem Post reported.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Friday declared that she was unaware of any agreement between her country’s previous administration and Israel concerning the expansion of settlements in the West Bank.
On Thursday, Prtesident Obama clarified his administration’s policy towards the settlements in his address to the Muslim world in Cairo, stating that “The United States does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlements… it is time for these settlements to stop.”
Soon after Obama’s speech, a senior administration official said that Washington feels “an arrangement that works” can be hammered out with Israel on the settlement issue. (ANI)
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