Poll: Israelis and Palestinians prefer 2-state solution

Poll: Israelis and Palestinians prefer 2-state solutionThe latest survey shows the number of Israelis and Palestinians who support the establishment of an independent Palestinian state has dropped in recent months.

Still the poll indicates far more people continue to prefer the two-state solution to an alternative single-state arrangement.

The joint Israeli-Palestinian poll was released on Thursday, a day after President Donald Trump and the visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu distanced themselves from the two-state solution.

The poll found that 55 percent of Israelis and 44 percent of Palestinians support a two-state arrangement. That compares to 59 percent and 51 percent last June. Yet just 24 percent of Israelis and one-third of Palestinians prefer a single binational state.

The EU-funded poll surveyed over 1,200 people on each side and had a margin of error of 3 percentage points.

Earlier on Wednesday, in the first face-to-face meeting between Trump and Netanyahu, the Republican president backed away from a U.S. embrace of the eventual creation of a Palestinian state, upending a position taken by successive administrations and the international community.

"I'm looking at two states and one state, and I like the one both parties like. I can live with either one," Trump told a joint news conference with Netanyahu.

Trump vowed to work toward a peace deal between Israel and Palestinians but said it would require compromise on both sides, leaving it up to the parties themselves ultimately to decide on the terms of any agreement.
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