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Israeli prime minister to give support to two-state solution during UN General Assembly

Israel’s Prime Minister Yair Lapid attends a weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022. Lapid met with Turkey’s president for the first time in 14 years, the latest sign of warming ties between the two regional powers after a long and bitter rift. His office said he met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday, Sept. 20 on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, the largest annual gathering of world leaders now underway in New York. Ronaldo Schemidt/AP

Israeli prime minister to give support to two-state solution during UN General Assembly

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Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid is reportedly planning to voice support for a two-state solution in his speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday.

Lapid will underscore the need for Israel to have appropriate security guarantees under such an arrangement, marking the first time he has publicly backed the concept, Axios reported.

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Meanwhile, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is expected to speak against the current arrangement in Israel during his U.N. speech slated for Friday. He warned that he would call on the Security Council to grant Palestine full U.N. membership but is expected to refrain from doing so due to pressure from the United States and its allies, per the report.

A two-state solution generally entails the establishment of an independent state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel. There have been multiple iterations of a two-state solution proposed over the past several decades, but so far, none of them have succeeded.

Lapid’s planned remarks come as tensions between Israelis and Palestinians have plunged into spats of violence over recent months. In August, Israel executed a wave of strikes in Gaza following violence from the Palestinian Islamic Jihad. The Gaza Strip is notably under separate governance from the West Bank, which Abbas heads.

The Israeli prime minister is facing political pressure at home, according to BBC. Former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been eyeing a political comeback after being ousted from office last year amid a corruption scandal. The country is poised to have elections in November.

Netanyahu previously backed a two-state solution in a 2009 speech.

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Saudi Arabia is planning to hold a meeting with the European Union foreign policy chief Wednesday to try to breathe new life into establishing peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians, Axios reported.

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