Merkel concerned Israeli settlements undermine two-state solution

Danny Danon

"The United States delegation reiterated President Trump's concerns regarding settlement activity in the context of moving towards a peace agreement", the statement said. The Israeli delegation made clear that Israel's intent is to adopt a policy regarding settlement activity that takes those concerns into consideration.

A statement from the defense team called for the charges against them to be dismissed, as "the indictment is based on [the] testimony of a soldier who retracted his mistaken claims" and said that the soldiers were attacked first by the Palestinian man.

Earlier in the week, a report said that the USA had requested that Israel institute a "restrained" building policy, and institute a building freeze, at least outside the settlement blocs, but Israeli officials on Thursday denied this.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said soldiers shot a number of Palestinians throwing petrol bombs at Beit El settlement, close to Jelazoun, but she could not confirm the death.

Trump has expressed some ambivalence about a two-state solution, the mainstay of US policy for the past two decades. No date has been scheduled for the summit, and the sources said Trump's advisers have stressed the importance of laying the groundwork before holding such a meeting. "It's important to prepare a resumption of the peace process so that there is a well-defined outcome".

Declared illegal by the UN, Israeli settlements have massively expanded in recent years.

The four days of high-level meetings in Washington marked the latest step by President Donald Trump's aides aimed at opening the way to renewed peace diplomacy between Israel and the Palestinians, despite deep skepticism in the United States and Middle East over the chances for success.

"Mohammed Hattab, 17, was killed by Israeli forces during clashes that occurred at the entrance of Al-Jalazone refugee camp north of the West Bank city of Ramallah", the ministry said in a statement.

"I'd like to see you hold back on settlements for a little bit", he told the Israeli premier at a press conference.

Trump invited Abbas to the White House during their first phone call two weeks ago.

"The only impediment to peace is Palestinian violence and incitement", he said in a Friday statement. But many supporters of a two-state solution have urged a formula that restricts construction to the large settlement blocs that Israel is expected to retain under any final peace accord.

"Looking at two-state or one-state, I like the one that both parties like". "I am very happy with the one that both parties like".

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