The President spoke at a joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
US President Donald Trump on Tuesday unveiled a Middle East peace plan developed by his administration to resolve the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.
In the afternoon, President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a joint conference at the White House.
“Today, Israel is taking a big step towards peace,” the President said.
Trump stressed the need for a new approach to achieving peace, security, dignity, and opportunity for the Israeli and Palestinian peoples.
As noted in the White House press release, this initiative is only the first step that can serve as the basis for historical progress towards peace. The United States hopes that this will lead to direct negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians.
Trump’s four-year plan calls for the creation of two sovereign states: Israel and Palestine. The US believes that Jerusalem should be the United and indivisible capital of Israel. The US will open an American Embassy for Palestinians in East Jerusalem.
In addition, the “deal of the century” provides for the actual doubling of the area of the Palestinian state. To do this, Israel must stop building settlements in the Palestinian territories within the next four years. The United States is going to recognize the Israeli settlements on the West Bank of the Jordan River.
The key issue in Israel — Palestine relations is the status of East Jerusalem. The Israelis occupied it during the six-day war in 1967 and consider it their one and indivisible capital.
The Palestinians claim that the Eastern part of the city should become the capital of the independent state of Palestine. The international community, as well as the international court of justice, officially recognized these territories as occupied by Israel.