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New Possibilities for Solutions to Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Congressmen Say

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NARRATOR: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

met with Trump advisers Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt

in Tel Aviv.

We have a lot of things to talk about--

how to advance peace, stability, and security in our region.

Prosperity, too.

And I think all of them are in our reach.

The president is very committed to achieving

a solution here that we'll be able to bring prosperity

and peace to all people in this area.

NARRATOR: While Netanyahu's office described the talks as

constructive and substantive, US Congressman Mac

Thornberry told CBN News, the US may

need to rethink the solution.

The key fundamental point is that

what we have always believed--

that there has to be a two-state solution,

that Israel can be more secure if it trades off some land that

would become a Palestinian state--

those assumptions are really in doubt, are being questioned.

And some of the questions are, what's

in the best interest of the people?

NARRATOR: Protesting Palestinians

expressed their displeasure ahead of Kushner's meeting

with President Mahmoud Abbas.

We are totally unhappy that this American administration

has conducted no pressure on Israel

to stop settlement activities that are killing

any potential for peace.

NARRATOR: Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria

remain one of the thorniest issues

in the Israeli-Palestinian dispute.

Senator James Lankford told CBN News

that world-wide perception of growth in the region

is inaccurate.

A lot of that growth is just population growth.

What some people call settlements is really

just new people born and new houses need to be built. So

there's a lot of those new neighborhoods that

are coming up, as well as expansion

of existing neighborhoods, just to support

the population of so many Jews moving from around the world,

still, to Israel, as well as those that are born here

just needing new places.

NARRATOR: And Lankford says, there's more that you

don't see in the media.

It's been just a couple of years

since I've been in the Samaria area, for instance.

And there's been a tremendous amount of growth

in factories and development.

Many of those factories popping up in that area

have Israelis and Palestinians working together, side by side.

NARRATOR: Thornberry hopes there's change ahead.

If we are creative and think outside the box,

maybe, that there are new possibilities.

And that's in everybody's best interest, especially the people

who live in Israel and in the West Bank area.

NARRATOR: Both Congressman made it clear,

it's ultimately up to the Israelis and Palestinians

to make peace, not the US.

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