US actively pursuing creation of a Palestinian state – State Dep't

US actively pursuing creation of a Palestinian state – State Department

/ 06:55 AM February 01, 2024

The United States is actively pursuing the establishment of an independent Palestinian state, says the State Department spokesperson.

An Israeli tank maneuvers along the border with northern Gaza amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in Israel, Jan. 30, 2024. (File photo by AMIR COHEN / Reuters)

WASHINGTON — The United States is actively pursuing the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with security guarantees for Israel and exploring options with partners in the region, the State Department spokesperson said Wednesday.

Matthew Miller declined to give details on the department’s internal work on the issue but said in a news briefing that the effort has been an objective of President Joe Biden’s administration.


“We are actively pursuing the establishment as an independent Palestinian state, with real security guarantees for Israel, because we do believe that is the best way to bring about lasting peace and security for Israel, for Palestinians, and for the region,” Miller said.


“There are any number of ways that you could go about accomplishing that. There are a number of sequencing of events that you can carry out to accomplish that objective. And we look at a wide range of options, and we discuss those with partners in the region as well as other partners inside the United States government,” Miller also said.

Axios reported earlier on Wednesday that US Secretary of State Antony Blinken had asked the State Department to conduct a review and present policy options on possible US and international recognition of a Palestinian state after the war in Gaza.

READ: Biden says Palestinian Authority should ultimately govern Gaza and West Bank

British Foreign Secretary David Cameron also told a group of UK lawmakers that the UK government and its allies “will look at the issue of recognizing a Palestinian state, including at the United Nations,” the BBC reported on Tuesday.

Washington has been linking the creation of a Palestinian state with the effort to get Saudi Arabia to normalize its ties with Israel – a push that was essentially frozen after the Oct. 7 Hamas attack that killed 1,200 Israelis and saw more than 250 taken hostage.

But over the past few months, the conversations have resumed. US officials now also see a possible hostage deal that would free all the remaining captives in return for a sustained ceasefire as instrumental and linked to making progress in the Saudi-Israel normalization effort.


READ: Explainer: What’s the Israel-Palestinian conflict about and how did it start?

Speaking in Davos earlier this month, Blinken said there was a “new equation” in the Middle East in which Israel’s Arab and Muslim neighbors were prepared to integrate Israel into the region but were equally committed to a pathway to a Palestinian state.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is at odds with the Biden administration over the creation of an independent Palestinian state, saying at the weekend that he would not compromise on “full Israeli security control of all territory west of the Jordan River.”

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