Arab League: Two-state solution needed to solve conflict

Arab League chief says resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict requires two-state solution - a day after Washington signaled otherwise.


Saeb Erekat
Saeb Erekat

Arab League chief Ahmed Abul Gheit said on Thursday resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict would require a two-state solution, saying it a day after Washington signaled it would drop that demand.

Abul Gheit affirmed that the conflict "requires a comprehensive and just peace based on a two-state solution with an independent Palestinian state," a statement said after he met UN chief Antonio Guterres in Cairo.

His comments came a day after US President Donald Trump met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and suggested a two-state solution was not necessary and that he is leaving the solution to be hammered out by the two sides to the conflict.

Guterres had also called for a two-state solution on Wednesday in a speech in Cairo, saying that the Arabs have "no Plan B." Mahmoud Abbas' support for terrorists, his refusal to recognize Israel as a Jewish state and PA maps where Israel has been eliminated seem to show that the PA actually prefers an all-Arab one-state solution.

The Arab League statement said Guterres and Abul Gheit "agreed that the two-state solution remains the real way to achieving" peace.

For the better part of half a century, successive US governments -- both Republican and Democrat -- have backed a two-state solution without exploring other options. Israeli political pundits and academics have suggested at least five other solutions in recent years, which may now be put on the table.

PA official Saeb Erekat said the PA remained committed to two states and would oppose any system that discriminated against Palestinians.