Everything You Need to Know About Trump and Netanyahu's Meeting

Did Trump backtrack from U.S. support for a two-state solution? Did Netanyahu let him duck a question on anti-Semitism? Here's what you need to know about the event the entire world is talking about.

A demonstrator holds a sign during a "Muslim and Jewish Solidarity" protest against the policies of U.S. President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at Grand Central Terminal in New York City, U.S., February 15, 2017.
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After much anticipation, President Donald Trump finally met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday. The two held a joint press conference and then a private meeting. Trump, it seems, dropped America's longstanding commitment to a two-state solution, saying "I'm looking at two states and one state, and I like the one both parties like I can live with either one."

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You can read the full comments here, but what did Trump really mean? Haaretz's Washington correspondent Amir Tibon weighs in, trying to figure out what Trump actually said about the two-state solution.

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Haaretz's Amira Hass takes a look at what this means for the Palestinians - who have already voiced concern at Trump's comments.

Speaking of possible solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, now might be a good time to brush up on the difference between the two-state and one-state solutions and what the ramifications of ditching the latter for the former could be.

Haaretz's Barak Ravid, who was with Netanyahu in Washington, says Trump's comments were full of contradictions and bordered on anti-Zionism.

After their meeting, Netanyahu dropped two potential political bombs, announcing he had asked the president to shift U.S. policy and recognize Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights. He also responded to Trump's call to "hold back on settlements for a little bit," saying he was willing to discuss the possibility of reining in settlement construction.

During their press conference, Trump seemed to evade a question about antisemitism. His choice not to openly condemn the resurgence of anti-Jewish rhetoric "baffled" some U.S. Jewish leaders. Haaretz's Allison Kaplan Sommer asks why Netanyahu decided to give Trump a big kosher seal of approval.

Indeed, Haaretz's Chemi Shalev claims Netanyahu preferred to curry favor with the new president and his underlings rather than empathize, however faintly, with American Jews.

Meanwhile, Haaretz's senior political corresponded Yossi Verter noted that though Trump seemed uninformed about the conflict itself – he was well prepared to find his way into Israel's prime minister's heart, giving his wife Sara a queen's welcome.

Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu, along with their wives, Melania Trump and Sara Netanyahu, hold a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, February 15, 2017.
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