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  President Trump Says He Can Live with One- State or Two- State Solution  CSPAN  February 15, 2017 12:15pm-12:48pm EST

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describe the two especially a of the the trump administration? >> the trump administration wants above all for this to be a seamless visual. they want everyone to come away with images of president trump an prime minister netanyahu smiling and happy to be rebooting the relationship after what's been unquestionably a rocky relationship personally between the former president and prime minister nattetanyahu. how it bears out other the next couple months and maybe even today's when we're talking about settlement activity obviously the trump administration already has said -- >> thank you very much.
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thank you today i have the honor of welcoming my friends prime minister benjamin netanyahu to the white house with his visit the united states again reaffirms our unbreakable bond with our cherished ally, israel. the partship between our two countri countries built on our shared values has advanced the cause of human freedom, dignity and peace. these are the building blocks of democracy. the state of israel is a symbol to the world of resilience in the face of oppression. i can think of no other state that's gone through what they have gone. and of survival in the face of
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genocide. we will never forget what the jewish people have endured. your perseverance in the face of hostility your open democracy in the face of violence and your success in the face of -- is truly inspirational. the security challenges faced by israel are enormous. including the threat of iran's nuclear ambitions, which i've talked a lot about. one of the worst deals i've ever seen is the iran deal. my administration has already imposed new sanctions on iran and i will do more to prevent iran ever from developing -- i mean ever -- a nuclear weapon, our security assistance to israel is currently at an
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all-time high ensuring israel has the ability to defend itself from threats of which there are unfortunately many. both of our countries will continue and grow. we'll have a long history of cooperation in the fight against terrorism and the fight against those who do not value human life. america and israel are two nations that cherish the value of all human life. this is one more reason why i reject unfair and one-sided actions against israel at the united nations. just treated israel, in my opinion, very, very unfairly. or other international forums as well as boycotts that target israel. our administration is committed to working with israel and our common allies in the region towards greater security and
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stability. that includes working toward a peace agreement between israel and the palestinians. the united states will encourage a peace and really a great peace deal. we'll be working on it very, very diligently. very important to me also. something we want to do. but it is the parties themselves who must directly negotiate such an agreement. we'll be beside them, we'll be working with them. as with any successful negotiation, both sides will have to make compromises. you know that, right? >> both sides. >> i want the israeli people to know that the united states stands with israel in the struggle against terrorism. as you know, mr. prime minister, our two nations will always
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condemn terrorist acts. peace requires nations to uphold the dignity of human life and to be a voice of all of those who are endangered and forgotten. those are the ideals to which we all and will always aspire and commit. this will be the first of many productive meetings and i again, mr. prime minister, thank you very much for being with us today. mr. prime minister. thank you. >> thank you. >> president trump, thank you for the truly warm hospitality. you and melania have shown me and my wife sarah -- i deeply
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value our friendship. to me, the state of israel it was so clearly evident in the words you just spoke. israel has no better ally than the united states and i want to assure you, the united states has no better ally than israel. our alliance has been remarkably strong. but under your leadership i'm confident that we'll get even stronger. i look forward to working with you to dramatically upgrade our alliance in ever field and security and technology, cyber and trade and so many other and i certainly welcome your call that israel is treated fairly and that the slander and boycotts of israel are resisted
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mightily by the power and morale position of the united states of the united states of america. as you have said our alliance is based on a deep bond of common values and common interest and increasingly those values and interests are under attack by one force, radical islamic terror. mr. president, you have shown great clarity and courage in confronting this challenge head on. you call for confronting ir iran's terrorist regime from turning this deal into a nuclear arsenal and you have said the united states is committed to preventing iran from getting nuclear weapons. you call for the defeat of isis. under your leadership i believe we can reverse the tied of the
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rise of radical islam. israel stand with you and i stand with you are. mr. president, in rolling back militant islam, we can seize an historic opportunity because for the first time in my life and for the first time in the life of my country, arab countries in the region do not see israel as an enemy, but increasingly as an ally, and i believe that under your leadership, this change in our region creates an unprecedented opportunity to strengthen security and advance peace. let us seize this moment together. let us bolster security, let us seek knew avenues of peace and let us bring remarkable alliance
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between israel and the united states to even greater heights. thank you, thank you, mr. president. >> thank you. again, thank you. >> we'll take a couple of questions. >> david brodie. christian broadcasting. david. >> thank you, mr. president. mr. prime minister. both of you have criticized the iran nuclear deal and at times even called for its repeal. i wonder if you're concerned at all as it are -- relates to michael flynn but also some events with communication with russia if that's going to hamper this deal and with secondly on the settlement issue are you both on the same page?
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thank you. >> michael flynn is a wonderful man. i think he's been treated very, very unfairly by the media, as i call it the fake media in many cases. and i think it's really a sad thing that he was treated so badly. i think in addition to that, from intelligence, papers are being leaked. things are being leaked. it's a criminal act and it's been going on for a long time before me, but now it's really going on and people are trying to cover up for a terrible loss that the democrats had under hillary clinton. i think it's very, very unfair what's happened to general flynn, the way he was treated and the documents and papers that were illegally -- i stress that, illegally leaked. very, very unfair. as far as settlements i would like to see you hold back on
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settlements a little bit. we'll work something out but i would like to see a deal be made. i know a deal will be made. i know most presidents have not started till late because they thought it was impossible. it was possible. but we have known each other a long time, smart man, great negotiator and it might be a bigger and better deal than people in this room understand. that's a possibility, so let's see what we do. >> let's start. >> doesn't too optimistic, but -- good negotiator. >> that's the art of the deal. >> i also want to thank sarah, could you please stand up. you have been so nice to melania and i appreciate it very much. [ applause ] >> thank you. your turn.
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>> please go ahead. >> thank you very much. mr. president, in your vision for the new middle east peace are you to give up the two-state solution and will you be willing to hear different ideas as some of the partners are asking him to do with parts of the west bank, and are you going to fulfill your promise to move the u.s. embassy to jerusalem, if so when? and mr. prime minister did you come here tonight to tell the president that you're backing off the two-state solution? thank you. >> so i'm looking at two-state and one state and i like the one that both parties like. i'm very happy with the one that both parties like. i could live with either one. i thought for a while the
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two-state looked like it may be the easier of the two, but honestly if bb and the palestinians, israel and the palestinians are happy, i'm happy with the one they like the best. as far as the embassy moving to je reu jerusalem we're looking at it with great care, great care, believe me, and we'll see what happens, okay. >> i read yesterday that an american official if you asked five people what states would look like you would get eight different people. if you asked five israelis you would get 12 different answers, but rather than deal with labels i want to deal with substance. it's something i have hoped to do for years in a world that's absolutely fixated on labels and
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not on substance, so here is the substance, there are two prerequisites for peace that i laid out several years ago and they haven't changed. first, the palestinians must recognize the jewish state they have to stop calling for israel's destruction, they have to stop educating their people for israel's destruction, second, for any peace agreement israel must maintain the over riding area over the west of the jordan river because if we don't we know what will happen, we will get another radical islamic state and exploding the peace exploding the middle east. unfortunately the palestinians vehemently reject both, first they continue to call for israel's destruction inside their schools, inside their
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mosques, you have to read it to believe it. they even deny a historical connection to our homeland and i have to ask why are jews called jews? the chinese are called chinese because they come from china, jews are called jews because they come from judeah. unfortunately the palestinians not only deny the past, they also poison the present. they name public squares in honor of mass murders who murdered israelis and i have to say also murdered americans, they pay monthly salaries to the families of murders like the family who killed taylor -- a west point graduate who was stabbed to death while visiting
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israel, so this is the source of the conflict, the persistent palestinian refusal to recognize any boundary, that's the reason we don't have peace. now that has to change. i want it to change. not only have i not abandoned these two prerequisites of peace. they have become more important because of the rising tied of fanaticism that unfortunately affected palestinian society. so i want a change. substance, not labels i want them reinstated but if anyone believes that i as prime minister of israel responsible for the security of my country would blindly walk into a palestinian terrorist state that seeks the is destruction of my country, they are gravely mistaken. the two presecond sirequisite,
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recognition of israel and -- we have to look for new ideas, new ways of how to move peace forward and i believe the great opportunity for peace comes from a regional approach from involving our newfound arab partners in the pursuit of a broader peace and peace with the palestinians and i greatly look forward to discussing in detail with you, mr. president because i think if we work together, we have a shot. >> and we have been discussing that, and it is something very different, hasn't been discussed before, and it's actually a much bigger deal, much more important deal in a sense. it would take in many, many countries and it would cover a very large territory, so i didn't know you were going to be mentioning that but now that you
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did i think it's a terrific thing and i think we have some pretty good cooperation that people in the past would have never ever thought about doing this, so we'll see how that works out, okay? katie from town hall. >> thank you, mr. president you said earlier both sides will have to make compromises when it comes to a peace deal. you mentioned a halt on settlements can you lay out a few specifics both for the israelis and palestinians and mr. prime minister what expectations do you have to amend the nuclear agreement or dismantle it all together and work over all with the new administration to combat iran's inkresed aggression not only in the past couple months but the past couple years as well? >> that's an interesting question. i think the israelis are going to have to show some flexibility
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which is hard. it's hard to do. they're going to have to show the fact that they really want to make a deal. i think our new concept we've been discussing actually for a while is something that allows them to show more flexibility than they have in the past because you have a lot bigger conv canvas, and i think they would very much like to make a deal or i wouldn't be happy and wouldn't be here and i wouldn't be as optimistic as i am. i can tell you from me and the standpoint of israel i believe they would really like to make a deal and would like to see a big deal. i think the palestinians have to get rid of some of that hate that they're taught from a very young age. they're taught tremendous hate. i've seen what they're taught. you can talk about flexibility there too but it starts at a very young age and it starts in
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the school room. and they have to acknowledge israel. they're going to have to do that. there's no way a deal can be made if they're not ready to acknowledge a very, very great and important country. and i think they're going to be willing to do that also, but now i also believe we're going to have, katie, other players at a very high level and i think it might make it easier on both the palestinians and israel to get something done, okay? thank you very interesting question, thank you. >> you asked about iran. one thing is preventing iran from getting nuclear weapons, something that president trump and i i think are deeply committed to do. and we are obviously going to discuss that. i think beyond that, president trump has led a very important effort in the past few weeks just coming into the presidency,
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he pointed out their violations, they were in violation on ballistic missile tests, by the way these tests are inscribed in he brbrew israeli must be destroyed. well they say they're not intended against any country. no, they write on the missile in he brbrew israel must be destro, so no, imposing sanctions on hasba hasbala, i think that's a change that is clearly evident since president trump took office. i welcome that. i think it's -- let me say this very openly, i think it's long overdue and i think if we work together and not just the united
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states and israel but so many others in the region to see eye to eye on the great magnitude and danger of the iranian threat then i think we can roll back iran's aggression and danger. and that's something that's important for israel, the arab states but i think it's vitally important for america, these guys are developing icbms they want to get to a nuclear arsenal not a bomb, 100 bombs and have the ability to launch them everywhere on earth and including the united states. i intend to work with president trump very closely so that we can thwart this danger. >> great. do you have somebody? >> mr. president, since your election campaign an even after your victory we have seen a
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sharp rise in anti-semitic incident across the united states and i wonder what do you say among the jewish community and around the world that feel that you're playing with xenophobia and maybe even racist tones and mr. prime minister do you agree to settlement on the west bank and do you back off from your conflict of two-state solution -- or do you still support it? thank you. >> well, i just want to say that we are very honored by the victory that we had 306 electoral college votes. we were not supposed to crack 220. you know that, right? there was no way to 221, but then they said there's no way to
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270 and there's tremendous enthusiasm out there. i will say that we are going to have peace in this country. we are going to stop crime in this country. we are going to do everything within our power to stop lon long-simmering racism. i think one of the reasons i won the election is because we have a very, very divided nation, very divided and hopefully i'll be able to do something about that and you know it was something that was very important to me. as far as people, jewish people, a daughter who happens to be here right now, a son-in-law, and three beautiful grandchildren, i think that you're going to see a lot
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different united states of america over the next three, four or eight years. i think a lot of good things are happening. and you're going to see a lot of love. you're going to see a lot of love, okay? thank you. >> i believe that the israel 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 the context of peace negotiations and i think it also -- we also are going to 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 -- mean by two states? a state that doesn't recognize the jewish state a state that's
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basically open for attack against israel? what are we talking about? costa rica or another iran? so obviously it means different things, i told you things i believe are necessary for an agreement, it's the recognition of the jewish state and israel's israel's control of the area, otherwise we'll get another islamic dictatorship that will not work to destroy not just us but any hope for our people, so i've been very clear about those conditions and 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 and finally one i can respond to something i know from personal experience. i've known president trump many
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years and to allude to him or to his people, his team, some of whom i've known for many years too, can i reveal jared how long we have known you? well, he was never small he was always big, always tall, but i've known the president and i've known his family and his team for a long time. and there is no greater supporter of the jewish people and the jewish state than president donald trump. i think we should put that to rest. >> thank you very much. very nice. i appreciate that very much. >> thank you. >> are you going to answer any questions about your associate contact with the russians during the campaign, sir? sir? [ applause ]
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>> please. please. please.
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this morning president donald trump responded to news stories about his national security adviser michael flynn resigning over the general's preinauguration about conversations about russia sanctions. the tweet today it is merely an attempt to make up the many mistakes made in hillary clinton's losing campaign.
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information is illegally given to failing "the new york times" and "washington post" by the intelligence community. the real scandal here is the classified information is illegally given out by intelligence like candie. very unamerican. the gao is releasing its by annual waste, fraud, and mismanagement. it is holding a hear on on the issue this afternoon. the head of the census bureau will testify and homeland security departments. live coverage starts at 2:45. david singer talked about changing tactics during the 2016
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election. >> because they didn't go after that mechanism they appeared to have scanned a number of data bases but we have no evidence that they actually manipulated the votes so those 3 million illegal votes came from someplace else. but, because we don't do that, we have no idea in the end how successful or non-successful this was. and you're trying to separate it out in an election where there were other factors the statements made by james comey, the fbi director about hillary clinton's e-mails the fact that hillary clinton didn't prove to be an enormously effective candidate. that's part of what made the russians so successful here. because if you think that before -- they didn't start this operation in 2015 when this all began thinking they were going
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to get donald trump elected, they thought like most of the people in this room thought that his candidacy would be over by september or october of 2015, and yet as time went on, it looks like their goals evolved and they evolved because they were able to move from information gathering which is where the fsb began, to making information public that might simply disrupt the election, make people lose confidence in our system to at the very end if you believe the assessment of u.s. intelligence actually entering on behalf of donald trump. >> also on the panel, former national intelligence council officer fionna hill. ben buchanan, see it saturday