The following interview with U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power took place at the United States Mission to the United Nations, New York.
Prime Minister Netanyahu is about to be reinstated as prime minister for Israel. During the Israeli election there was some worrying rhetoric coming from him; he said essentially that he won’t support a future Palestinian state. What’s your response to that?
The United States has made clear over more than 20 years across Democratic and Republican administrations that we believe a two-state solution is the best way to get at the underlying needs of both the Israelis — who need durable security — and the Palestinians — who need security and dignity.
We believe that the negotiated settlement to the outstanding issues is the way to get at peace and to get at security, so our view has certainly not changed. We will have to re-evaluate the way forward toward peace in the Middle East, if in fact Netanyahu’s election comments reflect the new position of the new, and eventual Israeli government.
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