The Guardian view on Trump and Israel: casual, careless and dangerous

Ahead of their White House meeting on Wednesday, US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu exchanged warm greetings on social media.

In a live televised speech on a day commemorating the movement's fallen leaders, Nasrallah emphasized the Lebanon-based Hezbollah's opposition to Israel's policies in Palestine and accused Washington of breaking its commitment to the Palestinian people by backing away from a two-state solution.

The one-state solution, though, is problematic for both sides.

The new President warmly welcomed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the White House on Wednesday and hailed the "unbreakable" bond between their countries. "To be honest, if Bibi and the Palestinians, if Israel and the Palestinians are happy, I'm happy with the one they like the best".

Trump's shift gives Netanyahu a boost domestically, as he's under pressure from the right flank in his coalition government, which opposes the creation of a Palestinian state and argues instead for the annexation of parts of the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

Under a two-state deal that has come tantalizingly close to happening, the sides negotiate borders, security, the status of Jerusalem and other thorny issues.

Israeli officials have also explicitly expressed their intentions to annex the entire West Bank in recent statements.

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More than half a million Israelis live in over 230 illegal settlements built since the 1967 Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East al-Quds.

"I'd like you to hold back on settlements for a little bit", Trump continued, adding that in order for there to be peace, Palestinians must stop promoting hate and terrorism among their people.

Even as the nation roiled in the wake of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's abrupt resignation this week, we were pleased to see the president of the United States and the prime minister of Israel re-establish warm personal relations, something painfully absent during the Obama years. Mr Trump calls the nuclear pact "one of the worst deals" he has seen.

Another Twitter user provided a completely different response, tweeting: "There's already a two state solution". We are looking at it very very strongly. What the Israeli perhaps are pushing for is the status quo in a permanent form, so Palestinians having some autonomy in their various villages and areas under Israeli control. And they have to acknowledge Israel. This has been the view of the United States and the global community. "But I think we'll find out more about that tomorrow".

He also reiterated his decision to move the USA embassy to Jerusalem. "Let's see what happens".

While Trump repeatedly pledged support for the move as a candidate and during the presidential transition - and even considered ordering it moved immediately after he took office on January 20 - the White House put the brakes on the effort after Trump was briefed by his aides and amid pressure from Arab allies in the region.

Peace, not a two-state solution, is the goal, the official said. "And there's tremendous enthusiasm out there", Trump said.

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