In joint press conference, Trump urges Netanyahu to 'hold off on settlements'

The two leaders held a joint press conference before meeting face-to-face for the first time since the new US President took office.
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US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a joint press conference at the White House Wednesday prior to their first meeting since Trump's inauguration.

While the statements from both leaders focused mainly on the Iranian issue, they also addressed the Israeli-Palestinian conflict – an issue on which right-wing Israelis are still trying to figure out the official stance of the new administration in Washington.

Trump said the United States will be working "very diligently" on achieving a peace deal, adding that "both sides will have to make compromises."

When asked whether he will be promoting a two-state solution or a one-state solution, Trump said, "I like the one that both parties like. I can live with either one. I thought for a while the two-state looked like it may be the easier of the two but honestly if Israel and the Palestinians are happy, I'm happy with the one they like the best."

At one point, Trump turned to Netanyahu and said, "I'd like to see you hold back on settlements for a little bit. We'll work something out but I would like to see a deal be made," to which Netanyahu replied, "We'll try." Trump then said, "Doesn't sound too optimistic but he's a good negotiator."

"The security challenges faced by Israel are enormous including the threat of Iran’s nuclear ambitions," Trump said. "One of the worst deals I’ve ever seen is the Iran deal. My administration has already imposed new sanctions on Iran and I will do more to prevent Iran from ever developing – I mean ever – a nuclear weapon."

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