Rivlin: Confederation of Two States, Israeli and Palestinian, Is the Only Solution

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President Rivlin speaking at the annual Israel Conference for Peace, organized by Haaretz.
President Rivlin speaking at the annual Israel Conference for Peace, organized by Haaretz. November Credit: Tomer Appelbaum

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.

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.

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