Netanyahu to Address 'Two-State Solution'

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will deliver a major foreign policy speech this Sunday. 

A big part of his speech will address the so called "two-state solution" with the Palestinians.

Netanyahu is getting a lot of advice from both points of view on what to say about a Palestinian state. 

He met with government coalition partners Friday to hear their views.  Many of Netanyahu's allies worry that he will commit to a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians.

But one Zionist member of the coalition said he was very much relieved after speaking with the prime minister.

On Thursday, Israeli President Shimon Peres announced he favors a Palestinian state with provisional borders.  But earlier this week, members of Netanyahu's own party, the Likud, told him not to endorse the "two-state solution." 

One prominent Likud member said "if the only solution is two states for two peoples, then there is no solution." 

These members believe a Palestinian state poses a serious danger to Israel.  They believe current Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is a weak leader who could one day be overthrown by Hamas. 

They point to what happened in Gaza when Hamas took over as an example of what might happen to the West Bank if a Palestinian state is established there. 

So far, Netanyahu has steadfastly refused to endorse the concept of a "two-state solution."  But the Obama administration wants Netanyahu to agree to a Palestinian state. 

What Netanyahu says on this issue and even if he says the words "two-state solution" is expected to be a key element of his speech.

*Originally published June 12, 2009.

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