Biden says time ‘not ripe’ for Israeli-Palestinian peace talks

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US President Joe Biden reaffirmed his support for a two-state solution to the decades-long conflict between Israel and the Palestinians as he visited the West Bank, but admitted that achieving such a durable peace was not on the cards anytime soon. “The Palestinian people deserve a state of their own that’s independent, sovereign, viable and contiguous,” he said after meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem on Friday. Biden said this would lead to an “equal measure of security, prosperity, freedom and democracy” for both sides – and yet the time was not right to re-energi…

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