U.S. 'absolutely' favors 2-state solution, United Nations ambassador says

Guterres counters Trump on Palestine

"I'm looking at two-state, one-state, and I like the one that both parties like".

US Ambassador Nikki Haley on Thursday rejected suggestions that the United States was abandoning the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, saying Washington "absolutely" supports the policy but wants fresh ideas on how to move forward. At the Wednesday White House press conference, Prime Minister Netanyahu again tried to make the point that the slogan "two-state solution" absent the points it stands for different things to different people, but worldwide reactions apparently indicate a lack of support for the PM on this point.

Mr Netanyahu also dismissed what he said were just "labels" such as "one-state and two-state", saying he would rather focus on a peace deal with the Palestinians of "substance".

The survey released Wednesday found that 44 percent of Palestinians back the two-state solution, a decline from 51 percent who supported this approach in a similar survey from June.

Palestinian Ambassador Riyad Mansour said the council had reaffirmed its support for the two-state solution and that there was "no need to reinvent the wheel" in the peace process.

The UN and the Arab League have since issued a joint statement reiterating their support for the creation of a Palestinian state, exposing a widening rift with Mr Trump's stance. This would not be a deal for a two-state solution, but a deal for peace, with or without a two-state solution.

Finkelstein made his remarks during a symposium held by the Palestinian "Center for Political and Development Studies" (CPDS) in Gaza last Monday to review what came in his book, "Method and Madness: The Hidden Story of Israel's Assaults on Gaza".

PLO secretary-general Saeb Erekat said the organisation remained committed to two states and would oppose any system that discriminated against Palestinians.

While talking to reporters at the United Nations on Thursday, Haley backed up Trump's comments on settlements, arguing they aren't helpful to the situation. "I can live with either one".

But in a potential shift, a senior White House official said on Tuesday that peace did not necessarily have to entail Palestinian statehood, and U.S. President Donald Trump would not try to "dictate" a solution.

While taking with reporters Thursday, Haley also accused the United Nations of having an anti-Israel bias.

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