Israeli Poll: U.S. restates commitment to Palestinian statehood

The United States has restated its commitment to a Palestinian statehood, in the wake of Benjamin Netanyahu’s Lukid party’s victory in the just concluded Israeli polls.

According to White House spokesperson, Josh Earnest, “It has been the policy of the United States for more than 20 years that a two-state solution is the goal of resolving the conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians.”

Mr. Earnest, however, said the US would “re-evaluate our approach” in the wake of Mr. Netanyahu’s comments ruling out a Palestinian state.

In the course of the campaign ahead of the poll, Mr. Netanyahu stressed he would not allow the creation of a Palestinian state if re-elected.

The United Nations, European Union and U.S. have urged the Israeli chief executive to be committed to the two-state solution policy.

The UN spokeswoman, Farhan Haq, appealed to the new Israeli government to negotiate a peace deal that would create “a viable Palestinian state”.

The EU foreign affairs chief, Federica Mogherini, congratulated Mr. Netanyahu on his win and called for the re-launch of the Israel-Palestinian peace process.

On his part, the Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, said he would work with any Israeli government that accepts the two-state solution, without which, he said, peace negotiations stood “no chance”, BBC reported.

Sami Abu Zuhri, a spokesperson for Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, said it was irrelevant who won the Israeli elections.

“We don’t differentiate between Israeli parties because they are bound to deny our people’s rights and continue the aggression on us,” he said.

Meanwhile, the White House has explained the reason why President Barak Obama.

Mr. Ernest said that Mr. Obama was yet to congratulate Mr. Netanyahu on his victory but would do so in the coming days once he had been directed to form a government, as in previous elections.

According to Lukid party, Mr. Netanyahu will form a new coalition government within two to three weeks.

The party said Mr. Netanyahu had already reached out to parties he saw as possible coalition partners. These parties, Mr. Netanyahu said, included right-wing and ultra-Orthodox parties and the centrist Kulanu, which won 10 seats.

 


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