President Joe Biden said on Friday that organising efforts to restore Gaza is the “only response” to the conflict and that establishing a Palestinian state alongside Israel is the “only solution.”
Biden also said that he had ordered Israelis to end “intercommunal war” in Jerusalem, a flashpoint area.
“There is no change in my determination, commitment to Israel’s stability,” he said, adding that “there will be no peace” until the region “unequivocally” recognises Israel’s presence.
The concept of a two-state solution, with an independent Palestinian state coexisting with Israel and Jerusalem as their joint capital, has been at the heart of decades of international diplomacy aimed at resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Donald Trump’s administration has been chastised for being overtly pro-Israel and dismissing Palestinians.
Jared Kushner, Trump’s strategist and son-in-law, devised a Mideast peace proposal that was billed as a two-state solution. However, the blueprint called for a Palestinian state with minimal autonomy and Israel to retain security control over it.
Palestinian leaders have flatly rejected the proposal. On Friday, Biden insisted on a full-fledged two-state solution.
“There is no shift in my commitment to the security of Israel, period, no shift, not at all but I tell you what there is a shift in. The shift is that we still need a two-state solution. It is the only answer, the only answer,” Biden said.