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Seeking US support, Lapid backs two-state solution at UN

Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid's address to the United Nations backed the two-state solution.
Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid gives a speech during the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters, New York, Sept. 22, 2022.

Israelis, Palestinians, Americans and others watched carefully Sept. 22 as Prime Minister Yair Lapid brought back to the international agenda the “two-state solution” for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

This term had been a fundamental principle that enjoyed a type of Israeli consensus. Other Israeli leaders had referred to it. Still, it has been largely absent from the public arena and discourse in recent years. Generating resounding headlines in Israel and beyond, Lapid declared at the UN that the two-state solution was the “right” way to resolve the conflict. “An agreement with the Palestinians, based on two states for two peoples, is the right thing for Israel’s security, for Israel’s economy and for the future of our children,” he said.

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