US Says There Is “No Way” To Solve Israel Security

( – The U.S. has expressed its support for the establishment of an independent Palestinian state after Israel finishes its war with Hamas in the Gaza strip, saying that the establishment of such a region would be key in keeping the Jewish state safe both in the short and long term.

Speaking at a news conference, Matthew Miller, the spokesperson for the U.S. State Department, said that there is “no way” Israel can overcome challenges to obtaining long-term and lasting security for itself in the Middle East “without the establishment of a (independent) Palestinian state.”

Miller added that the same goes for the short-term challenges of rebuilding Gaza and making it suitable for civilized living again – along with establishing a governing authority.

The U.S. has been working towards the goal of creating an independent Palestinian state that would be headed by the Palestinian Authority, which governs the Palestinian-controlled West Bank.

The U.S.’ mindset and goals on the matter are in sharp contrast to the views of Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, who has remained adamant in his opposition to the establishment of a Palestinian state. He has also not been shy in rebuffing the U.S. on the matter, despite the U.S. being Israel’s staunchest and closest ally for years.

In an earlier and separate press conference, the Israeli leader said that it was a “necessary condition” for Israel to have “security control over the entire territory west of the Jordan River.” He also added that the establishment of an independent Palestinian state “clashes with the principle of (Israel’s) sovereignty.”

The Israeli PM has had to play a balancing act in appeasing fellow right-wing conservatives in the Israeli government who continue to support him, and criticism from many Israeli citizens who are calling on Israel to take more concrete steps towards securing the release of the remaining hostages held by Hamas. The international community has also called on Israel to scale back its offensive – many even calling for a ceasefire – for humanitarian reasons, as the collateral damage in Gaza continues to pile up.

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