Friedman: The solution is autonomy for the Palestinians when they become ready

US President Donald Trump's administration is not using (and is not) working for a peaceful solution, US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman said in an interview with CNN on Tuesday. On the basis of a two-state solution or a one-state solution, adding that "the American peace plan depends on Palestinian autonomy" when the Palestinians are ready to take responsibility for it. "

"You are pushing the two-state solution to the brink of the abyss, do you accept the one-state principle?" Friedman answered in a satellite interview with CNN's largest correspondent, Christian Amanpour, in response to her question. "We are not pushing for a one-state solution, and no one in Israel is taking steps or pushing for this solution, or this solution will result from the current (US and Israeli) policies."

"If you and Trump and your team working on a two-state peace plan are still committed to a two-state solution," Friedman said, "our non-use of the two-state solution does not mean we are pushing for a one-state solution."

"We do not use the term 'two-state solution' or an independent [Palestinian] state, because it carries issues that are very complex and difficult to implement or achieve now," he said. "We believe in self-rule for Palestinians who govern themselves as long as this autonomy does not affect security. Israel".

Asked about Israel's right to retain parts of the West Bank, Friedman told the Israel Today newspaper in June, "We have not received an offer or a request from Israel to annex parts of the West Bank. I was only talking about Israel's right from the legal point of view. "

In response to his Amanpur speech on all the "gifts" offered by the Trump administration to Israel free of charge, such as recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, transferring the US embassy to it, cutting off aid for UNRWA, closing the PLO office in Washington and recognizing Israel's annexation of the occupied Syrian Golan, Nothing has changed on the ground, and things are still the same.

"I am the ambassador of Israel and Israel controls the West Bank and Gaza, so I have the right to go anywhere in the West Bank," Friedman said. .

"The fact that the Palestinians have not been able to build the strong institutions that will enable them to govern themselves," Friedman stressed in his interview, "is the weakness and helplessness of the Palestinians" in managing their affairs.

CNN's interview with Friedman came on the eve of the US president's melting-pot and his adviser for the Jared Kouchner deal to Israel, where an Israeli newspaper claimed he would call during his Middle East visit to Netanyahu and Arab leaders for a summit at the nearby Camp David resort. From Washington DC to unveil the "Century Deal". Kouchner will be invited to the conference during his visit to Israel and the Middle East this week to rally support for the plan, the Yediot Aharonot daily reported Wednesday (July 31, 2019).

According to the newspaper, during the conference, scheduled to take place before the general elections in Israel on September 17, Trump will outline the outline of his plan without making any proposal, but, according to the report, helped Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu plan the meeting, which may be useful for his hopes His election.

According to an unnamed US source, Yedioth reported that Netanyahu was not expected to call Camp David because his presence could prevent Arab leaders from attending.

The paper claims that during the meeting at Camp David, Trump will announce his support for a "Palestinian political entity," but not necessarily a state, as well as a Palestinian presence in East Jerusalem, but not necessarily a capital.


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