Blinken reaffirmed the need for a democratic and viable Palestinian state
The US State Department said that Minister Anthony Blinken told his Israeli counterpart Gabi Ashkenazi Monday that the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the best for the future of Israel.
The ministry said that Blinken assured Ashkenazi in a phone call that President Joe Biden’s administration “believes that the two-state solution is the best way to guarantee Israel’s future as a Jewish and democratic state living in peace alongside a democratic and viable Palestinian state.”
What is known as the “two-state solution” is a proposal that several parties and states believe would end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This solution provides for the establishment of two states, one of which is Israel and is based on the land of Palestine occupied in 1948, and the other is Palestine, which is based on the territories of the June 4, 1967 borders Which includes the areas of the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza, and constitutes 22% of the lands of historic Palestine.
The status of Jerusalem
About 10 days ago, the US State Department announced that the status of Jerusalem is subject to final status negotiations, and pledged to provide aid to the Palestinians in accordance with American values.
US State Department spokesman Ned Price said that the status of Jerusalem will be subject to final status negotiations, and that this position has not changed.
He stressed that the return of US aid – cut off by the administration of former President Donald Trump – to the Palestinians depends on its compatibility with Washington’s values and with US interests.