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On Wednesday, President Donald Trump ended a long-standing USA commitment to the establishment of a Palestinian state, saying he had no preference for either a one-state or two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The White House has claimed in the past to embrace a two-state solution as its official stance on Israel-Palestine. The 45th US president is eager to nudge both sides toward a deal, and to get one, he is willing to accept something that falls short of the idea of two countries.

Senior White House officials signaled the shift in a briefing to reporters late Tuesday in advance of the summit - the two leaders' first in-person meeting since Trump took office.

"We are going to do everything in our power to stop long simmering racism and every other thing that's going on", he said.

Palestinian resistance movement Hamas has accused the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump of siding with Israel at the expense of the Palestinians' right to a state of their own. Turning to Mr Netanyahu, he asked: "You know that, right?" Foremost is Israel's demand that the Palestinians and other Arab neighbors recognize the Jewish state's right to exist and end terror attacks.

More than half a million Israelis live in over 230 illegal settlements built since the 1967 Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East al-Quds. Calling on Israel "to be reasonable with respect to peace", he said settlements "don't help the process".

"Now, for the first time upending long-standing U.S. policy, Trump says he is not wedded to a two-state solution, and that's a fundamental change - basically ripping up the longstanding roadmap. I can live with either one".

The problem is Netanyahu doesn't agree to two states and does not agree to one state. "I greatly look forward to discussing this in detail with you, Mr. President because I think if we work together, we have a shot". "We're looking at it with great care, and we'll see what happens".

Trump also seemed noncommittal on the timeline for moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

The continued expansion of Israeli settlements has created a major obstacle for the efforts to establish peace in the Middle East.

It is hard to imagine that the government they elect will be a reliable supporter of an undemocratic Greater Israel.

Reuters reports that Palestinians are understandably alarmed over the question of whether or not the usa supports an independent Palestinian nation.

Trump considers Middle East peace a "high priority", the White House official said. "I can say that", Trump told the newspaper Israel Hayom.

The new USA president has also signaled that the United States, under his administration, would be far more tolerant of the illegal Israeli settlement construction. The issue did not come up during the confirmation hearings for Trump's nominee to head the State Department, Rex Tillerson.

"If the Trump administration rejects the two-nation policy it would be destroying the chances for peace and undermining American interests, standing and credibility overseas", said Hanan Ashrawi, a senior member of the Palestine Liberation Organization.

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