Netanyahu Says Trump Election Has Not Changed 2-state Goal

TOPSHOT - Israelis wave their country's national flags on June 5, 2016 in Jerusalem's old city, as they celebrate Jerusalem Day, that marks the anniversary of the 'reunification' of the holy city after Israel captured the Arab eastern sector from Jordan during the 1967 Six-Day War. Israel occupied east Jerusalem in the 1967 Six-Day War and later annexed it in a move never recognised by the international community. / AFP / AHMAD GHARABLI (Photo credit should read AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images)

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Jerusalem (AP) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says his support for a two-state solution with the Palestinians remains the same after Donald Trump's victory in the U.S. presidential election.

Trump's election has encouraged Israeli hardliners to call on Netanyahu to step up Israeli settlement construction, annex parts of the occupied West Bank or even abandon the idea of Palestinian independence.

But in a satellite interview to the Saban Forum at the Brookings Institution in Washington on Sunday, Netanyahu said his position on "two states for two peoples" hasn't changed.

The international community widely supports a two-state solution. Trump has not yet laid out his Mideast policy.

The Palestinians have accused Netanyahu of undermining two-state hopes by building settlements. Netanyahu said the Palestinians must recognize Israel as the homeland of the Jews.

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