Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) stands next to now-President, then Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump during their meeting in New York, September 25, 2016.
The United States would no longer seek to dictate the terms of any eventual peace settlement, but would support what the two sides agree to together, a senior White House official said. "I can live with either one".
A two-state solution, with a Jewish Israel and Arab Palestine co-existing side by side, has been the stated policy of the United States for nearly two decades now, and is favoured as the best possible solution by other powers and world bodies. Make the two-state solution more appealing by contrast to other options?
"There needs to be security, security for the Israelis and security for the Palestinians". I think that you're going to see a lot different United States of America over the next three, four, or eight years. "It is a new president", said Sallai Meridor, a former Israeli ambassador to Washington.
Sen. Chris Van Hollen, Maryland's other senator, agreed.
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"We are going to have peace in this country", Trump said, "As far as people - Jewish people - so many friends, a daughter who happens to be here right now, a son-in-law, and three attractive grandchildren".
Already Saeb Erekat, one of the longest-serving Palestinian negotiators, condemned any talk of abandoning the idea of a Palestinian state.
On Wednesday afternoon, hundreds of people, including a number of Orthodox Jewish activists, held demonstrations near the White House and the Trump International Hotel in Washington to protest against Netanyahu's visit to the U.S., the Middle East Eye news website reported.
Mr Trump's position that peace is not dependent on creating two separate nations in the Holy Land could provide political cover to the Israeli leader, who faces challenges from members of his governing coalition who oppose Palestinian statehood. The official also said that a two-state solution without peace is not worthwhile.
"As far as settlements I'd like to see you hold back on settlements for a little bit", Trump said. Trump's position is consistent with past US presidents, though he offered conflicting statements on settlements during his campaign.
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Netanyahu indicated he is open to some sort of arrangement.
"I'd love to see that happen, we're looking at that very, very strongly, we're looking at that with great care, and we'll see what happens", Trump said.
"President Trump has led a very important effort in the past few weeks, just coming into the presidency, he pointed out the Iranian violations on ballistic missile tests, by the way, these ballistic missiles are inscribed in Hebrew 'Israel must be destroyed, '" Netanyahu said.
"At long last, the end of that misguided and unsafe idea: the establishment of a Palestinian terrorist state in the heart of the Land of Israel", said Israel's science minister Ofir Akunis, a member of the prime minister's Likud party.
Standing at a podium beside Trump, Netanyahu made it clear he doesn't see a Palestinian state's taking shape, insisting that Israel must maintain security control over territories west of the Jordan River, an area that includes all of the West Bank.
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State department officials were unaware of any policy shift and have been seeking clarification from the White House, the Associated Press news agency reported.