Egypt Denies Proposing to Give Sinai Land for Palestinian State

"There is no alternative solution for the situation between the Palestinians and Israelis, other than the solution of establishing two states and we should do all that can be done to maintain this", Guterres said during a visit to Cairo, echoing statements by Palestinian officials on Wednesday.

They were the first top-level talks between a Trump administration official and the Palestinians. "The two-state solution is not something we just came up with".

"We hope that President Trump tells the Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu 'enough of settlement and one-sided moves, ' and reaffirms the position of the past successive U.S. administration that the solution is represented in the two-state option".

Al Jazeera's Bernard Smith, reporting from West Jerusalem, told Al Jazeera that Netanyahu's right-wing coalition partners were hoping him to announce that he was abandoning a two-state solution during his visit to Washington.

PLO official Saeb Erekat told a press conference in his hometown of Jericho on Wednesday that he would like to hear from the U.S. administration directly rather than through media reports. Pompeo, who was nominated by Trump for the top intelligence position in November and confirmed last month, reportedly held talks with Abbas along with top officials intelligence chief Maj.

Palestinian officials said the only alternative would be a single democratic state for Jews, Christian and Muslims together - or an "apartheid" state that would be "a disaster and a tragedy for both Israelis and Palestinians".

On Tuesday, a senior White House official said that the administration of US President Donald Trump would no longer seek to dictate an eventual peace settlement by insisting on a Palestinian state alongside Israel. "I can live with either one", Trump said at a joint press conference with Netanyahu at the White House. "I'm looking at two-state and one-state, and I like the one that both parties like", he said. Israeli conservative hardliners have long argued that the internationally recognized borders between Israel and Palestine are no longer valid as Israel occupied and annexed swathes of land including East Jerusalem after a 1967 war with neighboring Arab countries. "It is an global consensus and decision after decades of Israel's rejection of the one-state democratic formula", Zomlot told Reuters in Jerusalem by telephone from the West Bank city of Ramallah.

  • Leroy Wright