President Reuven Rivlin believes that the appropriate solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict is the establishment of two states, Israeli and Palestinian, in the context of a confederation and with defined borders and land swaps, Israel Radio reported on Thursday.
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Rivlin's statement was made in a meeting with foreign journalists, the radio station said, adding that a recording of the conversation had come into its possession. There was no indication as to when the statement was made.
The president predicated his two-state solution on the existence of only one army – Israel's – and two parliaments with two constitutions.
The president's bureau said in response that Rivlin remains opposed to the establishment of a separate Palestinian state and is committed to the establishment of a confederation.
It added that Rivlin had stressed in the conversation that the prime minister makes policy decisions in Israel, not the president.
The president has spoken about a confederation in the past, but has not previously used the term "states" in the context of the Israel-Palestine dispute.