President Donald Trump today publicly expressed for the first time his support for the idea of a Palestinian state alongside Israel during his meeting with Benjamin Netanyahu at the UN yesterday

Israel’s prime minister said he was not surprised by U.S. President Donald Trump’s assertion about his support for the idea of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

“I am ready for the Palestinians to have the authority to govern themselves, without the authority to harm us. This would mean that security authority would remain in our hands. I’m sure the U.S. proposal will reflect this principle,” Netanyahu told reporters after the bilateral meeting in New York, according to the Israeli website Walla!

Netanyahu also rebuffed the response of Education Minister Naftali Bennet, who assured that as long as he remains part of Israel’s government, there will be no Palestinian state.

Bennett, head of the Bayit Yehudi party, opposes the idea of a Palestinian state alongside Israel. On the contrary, Ehud Barak, former prime minister of Israel, and Tzipi Livni, leader of the political opposition in Israel, both opposed to the policies of Netanyahu’s government, supported Trump’s statement.

On Iran, which Trump has attacked for two days in a row, Netanyahu said, “The biggest threat to Israel is the development of Iranian nuclear weapons. I support President Trump’s steps on this issue. Israel is doing what is necessary to fight the Iranian danger in Syria and Lebanon, and the processes we conducted in the early years have been successful.

“The U.S. is acting to apply maximum pressure on Iran. I don’t see this changing anytime soon,” he added.

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