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18 February 2017 - 16:03
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Rasa - The United States has enabled Israel’s occupation and human rights abuses in Palestinian territories for decades and President Donald Trump will continue that policy, an international lawyer and political analyst says.
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RNA - “[The US], more than any other nation in the world, has been an enabler of the crimes committed by the [Israeli] occupation against Palestinians,” Barry Grossman told Press TV on Friday from Indonesia.


“It’s been the US that has run interference for the occupation in international organizations like the UN; it’s been the US that has provided unqualified and almost unlimited military support so that the occupation can carry out these military assaults on Palestinians in Gaza and elsewhere in violation of international law,” Grossman said.


“And it’s the US, which has since 1948, stood 100 percent behind the Israel project,” he added.


The US ambassador to the United Nations said Thursday that Washington "absolutely" supported a two-state solution for Israelis and the people of Palestine but was trying to find new ways to advance towards a deal between the two sides.


"We absolutely support a two-state solution, but we are thinking out-of-the-box as well," Nikki Haley told reporters following a UN Security Council meeting on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.


The US diplomat repeated her statement in support of the two-state solution three times in response to questions from reporters. Washington wants to help bring the Israelis and Palestinians "at the table to have them talk through this in a fresh way, to say 'okay we're going back to the drawing board: what can we agree on?'" Haley asked.


Her remarks came a day after President Trump said at a press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he was open to supporting a one-state solution, a departure from decades of American policy in favor of the two-state solution in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.


Underscoring Washington and Tel Aviv’s “unbreakable” bond, Trump promised Netanyahu that his country was committed to Israel’s security.


Netanyahu traveled to Washington on Wednesday for talks with Trump as an opportunity to improve US-Israeli ties after a frequently combative relationship with Trump’s Democratic predecessor, Barack Obama.


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