In Private Call With Biden, Netanyahu Clarifies Stance On Two-state Solution Despite Being Publicly At Odds

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  • In a recent phone call, Netanyahu clarifies rejection of a Palestinian state.
  • Biden advocates for a two-state solution, while Netanyahu emphasizes Israel's security control over Gaza.

In a recent phone call with President Joe Biden, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu clarified his public comments about rejecting the idea of creating a Palestinian state

The conversation, which stretched around 40 minutes, aimed to discuss the possible attributes of a future Palestinian state that would need negotiation, CNN reported, citing a person familiar with the conversation.

Complexities In U.S.-Israel Relations Over Gaza

Biden’s administration has been engaging in discussions about a potential demilitarized Palestinian state. Despite public disagreements, both leaders recognize the challenges in addressing the future of Gaza. Netanyahu stressed the need for Israel’s security control over Gaza, contradicting the demand for Palestinian sovereignty.

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Biden’s Push For Two-state Solution

Biden, advocating for a two-state solution with security guarantees for Israel, highlighted various possibilities, including demilitarization. The leaders remain at odds over Gaza’s future, with Biden emphasizing the viability of a two-state solution while acknowledging the complexities and the time required to reach an agreement, the report read, referring to White House sources.

Internal Pressures On Netanyahu’s Government

Netanyahu’s rejection of a Palestinian state is seen by some as politically motivated, given internal pressures in Israel. There are emerging rifts within Israeli society and Netanyahu’s war cabinet. Calls for fresh elections and criticisms of leadership have intensified as the public has questioned the government’s strategy and handling of the Gaza situation.

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International Perspectives On Demilitarized Palestinian State

Various leaders, including Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, have publicly discussed the idea of a demilitarized Palestinian state. Biden believes that, given the right conditions, Netanyahu may ultimately agree to a two-state solution. However, uncertainties persist, and bridging the gap between the leaders remains a considerable challenge.

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