Netanyahu: What Is A Two-State Solution? A State That Doesn't Recognize The Jewish State?

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Israeli PM Netanyahu said he has not changed on what a two-state solution must mean.

"What does a Muslim mean by two states, okay? What does he mean? A state that doesn't recognize the Jewish state? A state that basically is open for attack again Israel? You know, what are we talking about? Are we talking about Costa Rica? Are we talking about another Iran? So obviously, it means different things," Netanyahu said at a joint press conference with President Trump on Wednesday.

BENJAMIN NETANYAHU, PRIME MINISTER OF ISRAEL: I believe that the issue of the settlements is not the core of the conflict, nor does it really drive the conflict. I think it's an issue that has to be resolved in the context of peace negotiations. And I think we'd also -- we also are gonna speak about it, President Trump and I, so we can arrive at an understanding so we don't keep on bumping into each other all the time on this issue and we're going to discuss this.

On the question you said -- you just came back with your question to the problem that I said. It's the label. What does a Muslim mean by two states, okay? What does he mean? A state that doesn't recognize the Jewish state? A state that basically is open for attack again Israel? You know, what are we talking about? Are we talking about Costa Rica? Are we talking about another Iran? So obviously, it means different things.

I told you what are the conditions that I believe are necessary for an agreement. It's the recognition of the Jewish state and it is Israel's -- Israel's security control of the entire area. Otherwise, we're just fantasizing. Otherwise, we'll get another failed state, another terrorist Islamist dictatorship that will not work for peace, but work to destroy us, but also destroy any hope for a peaceful future for our people.

So I've been very clear about those conditions and they haven't changed. I haven't changed. If you read what I said eight years ago, it's exactly that and I repeated that again and again and again. If you want to deal with labels, deal with labels, I'll deal with substance.

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