Israeli PM Lapid interested in two-state solution talks with PA
by Karen Faulkner, Worthy News Correspondent
(Worthy News) – Israel’s new caretaker Prime Minister Yair Lapid is reportedly willing to resume talks with the Palestinian Authority on creating a “two-state solution” to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Israel365 News reports.
According to a report by Israel’s Kan 11 News, Lapid and Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi recently held a telephone conference during which they agreed to organize bilateral and multilateral meetings between Israel, Egypt, PA President Mahmoud Abbas in the near future, Israel365 said.
As Foreign Minister in former PM Naftali Bennett’s recently collapsed government, Lapid publicly stated there would be no talk of a two-state solution. However, it is well known that he favors the idea. “It is no secret that I support a two-state solution,” Lapid told a meeting of the European Union Foreign Affairs Council a year ago.
However, Lapid added, “If there is eventually a Palestinian state, it must be a peace-loving democracy. We cannot be asked to participate in the building of another threat to our lives.”
The report on Lapid’s renewed interest in discussing a two-state solution has come just as US President Joe Biden is set to visit the Middle East, including Israel and the Palestinian Authority. The Biden administration has restored diplomatic relations with the PA that were severed during the Trump administration.
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