Rubio: Conditions Not Right for Two-state Solution to Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Republican president candidate visits Jewish temple in Florida, lays blame for conflict on Palestinian Authority's lack of will to reach peace agreement.

Republican presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio speaks to the media at the Temple Beth El to discuss his commitment to Israel on March 11, 2016 in West Palm Beach, Florida.
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U.S. Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio said at a press conference on Friday that he doesn't believe conditions currently exist for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. At the same event, held at a Florida synagogue, Rubio’s foreign policy adviser said rival candidate Donald Trump's policies on Israel would be an extension of President Obama's

"I just don't see the conditions right now for that," Rubio said at a news conference at a Jewish temple in West Palm Beach, Florida. "Two-state solutions involves the idea that there are two parties that are willing to agree to that, and there are not."

"I think Israel is willing to be incredibly accommodating and have proven their willingness to do so," he said. "The Palestinian Authority has never shown any willingness, in fact they have turned down some very generous offers in the past." 

At the same press conference, Rubio’s foreign policy adviser Dan Senor suggested Trump’s presidency would be an extension of President Obama’s two terms as it relates to the U.S.-Israel relationship.

“the question is does America want a president — do Republicans want to nominate a president who’s effectively going to extend the last seven and a half years in its approach to Israel?” Senor said, the Jewish Insider reported.