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J Street is the political home for pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans who want Israel to be secure, democratic and the national home of the Jewish people. Working in American politics and the Jewish community, we advocate policies that advance shared US and Israeli interests as well as Jewish and democratic values, leading to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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Trump likes two-state solution, but says he will leave it up to Israelis, Palestinians, Reuters

“U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he likes the concept of a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict, expressing his preference on the issue for the first time since sparking international criticism for appearing to back away from the longstanding bedrock of Middle East policy. But in an interview with Reuters, Trump stopped short of reasserting a U.S. commitment to eventual Palestinian statehood and instead said again that he would be ‘satisfied with whatever makes both parties happy.’…’No, I like the two-state solution,’ Trump said when asked whether he had backed away from the concept during his joint White House appearance with the right-wing Israeli leader. ‘But I ultimately like what the both parties like.’ ‘People have been talking about it for so many years now. It so far hasn’t worked,’ he added. But he then repeated his revised position, saying: ‘I like this two-state solution, but I am satisfied with whatever both parties agree with.’”

Trump Israel ambassador pick bragged of removing two-state solution from GOP platform at November event, CNN

“Donald Trump’s nominee to be ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, delivered a lengthy speech on the eve of the 2016 election in which he outlined his hardline views on Israeli-Palestinian relations — views that have come under scrutiny during his confirmation process. In the speech delivered in his hometown of Woodmere, NY, video of which was reviewed by CNN’s KFile, Friedman boasted of removing references of the two-state solution and occupation of the West Bank from the Republican Party platform, called the Jewish group J-Street ‘a dangerous organization,’ and said the Anti-Defamation League had ‘lost all credibility.’ He said it would be ‘ludicrous’ to pressure Israel to make peace to create ‘another Arab dysfunctional state.’”

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