Egypt says committed to two state solution along 1967 borders

But afterward, at a state dinner, he said he believes there is an opportunity to seek peace now "because I sense a great change in the Arab world, in many Arab countries, and I hope ... to be able to use that newfound attitude toward Israel to help us solve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict as well".

Tel Aviv- With the return of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from the US following what he has considered a historic meeting with President Donald Trump, Israel's rightwing expressed disappointment and concerns over agreements reached between the two sides on settlements, Iran and spy Jonathan Pollard.

"Singapore is good friends with Israel and also good friends with the Palestinian National Authority and many Arab countries", he added.

Netanyahu did not comment on the newspaper report. Both nations are small, with significant defense and high-tech industries.

"(The Israel-Palestinian conflict) is, especially for Muslims, an emotional issue, and Singapore is in Southeast Asia, surrounded by Muslim-majority countries, and we ourselves have a significant Muslim population who are an important part of our harmonious, multi-racial society", he explained.

Michael Koplow, a Middle East analyst at the Israel Policy Forum, told Business Insider that the US's alliance with Israel owes to two key factors - intelligence sharing and ideological unity.

In a joint press conference last week with Mr Netanyahu, Mr Trump offered unwavering support for Israel with the only hint of distance coming in his request of Mr Netanyahu to "hold off" on Jewish settlement construction on Palestinian land. "What Israel - along with other longstanding USA allies in the region - really needs is a reassertion of American leadership after a period of perceived indifference by the Obama administration", he said.

"Netanyahu did not accept Kerry's proposal and said he would have difficulty getting it approved by his governing coalition", Haaretz wrote yesterday.

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Netanyahu's visit comes after he earlier this month met with U.S. President Donald Trump.

Herzog said the two-state option was a pre-condition for any broad-based regional initiative.

"If you're a supporter of the Palestinian cause, it's reasonable to ask why the U.S. is supporting Israel", said Koplow, adding that many in the USA "take exception to the United States funding Israel given the treatment of Palestinians".

"It has become stronger for two reasons", Netanyahu said.

The state visit to Bangladesh by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has underlined once again the firm commitment of our country for the people of Palestine and for Palestine achieving sovereign statehood.

The Yomiuri ShimbunHow can peace in the Middle East between Israel and the Palestinians be realized?

Over 230 settlements have been built since the 1967 Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and Jerusalem al-Quds, which the Palestinians want as the capital of their future independent state. We are all too aware of the pitiful situation in which the Palestinian people find themselves and they deserve our full political and moral support in their legitimate claim to statehood and freedom.

  • Regina Holmes