Anti-Netanyahu protesters march through Sydney

Netanyahu called on all of the students to visit Israel.

The common wisdom, as expressed by Secretary of State John Kerry in his defense of anti-settlement U.N. Security Council Resolution 2334 in December, is that a two-state solution is the only way to preserve an Israel that is both Jewish and democratic; a one-state resolution would have to sacrifice one or the other of those Zionist ideals.

Trump's revised language could soften such criticism, but still fails to meet demands that he explicitly re-commit to seeking a two-state solution.

But in an interview with Reuters, Trump stopped short of reasserting a US commitment to eventual Palestinian statehood and instead said again that he would be "satisfied with whatever makes both parties happy".

On the issue of the two-state solution, not a word was uttered by either leader in opening remarks. "But I ultimately like what the both parties like".

Longtime U.S. policy has been to support a two-state solution between the Israelis and the Palestinians, as envisioned by the original United Nations partition resolution in 1947 and subsequent Security Council resolutions.

Netanyahu and Turnbull also attended an event in Sydney with over 500 business leaders from both countries that focused on expanding bilateral relations in areas such as alternative energy, water technology, cyber security and agriculture.

Trump's comments provided nuance to his earlier comments. Despite worldwide condemnation, Israel has continued pushing for Jewish settlements in the West Bank.

In a statement released by the general prosecution for the Palestinian Authority (PA), the three were found guilty of violating a 2010 bill which prohibits trading products from Israel's illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory.

Palestinians, on the other hand, would lose their chance at a Palestinian state.

Rudd said he was a life-long supporter of Israel and had publicly campaigned against anti-Semitism.

Israel passed a new law this month that legalises dozens of Jewish outposts and thousands of settler homes built on private Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank. The logic here is that along with Egypt and Jordan, which already have peace agreements with Israel, this will create irresistible pressure on the Palestinians to succumb to a peace deal dictated by Israel.

  • Julie Sanders