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Germany says two states ‘only solution’ to Israeli-Palestinian conflict

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Germany’s top diplomat on Sunday reaffirmed his country’s support for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict ahead of a long-awaited US peace plan.

“We are still in agreement that reaching a two-state solution through negotiations is the only solution,” Heiko Maas said during a press conference in Amman with his Jordanian counterpart.

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Washington is gearing up to roll out economic aspects of its plan at a conference in Bahrain later this month, but it is not yet clear when its political details will be unveiled.

The Palestinians have already rejected the deal, citing a string of moves by US President Donald Trump they say show his administration is irredeemably biased.

“We and Germany agree that the two-state solution is the only way to end the conflict,” Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said.

Mass and Safadi met a day after US ambassador to Israel David Friedman was quoted by the New York Times as saying Israel had the “right” to annex at least parts of the occupied West Bank.

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Palestinian leaders said the US envoy’s comments showed “extremists” were involved in White House policy on the issue.

Israel occupied the West Bank in the 1967 Six-Day War and its construction of settlements there is viewed as a major stumbling block to peace as they are built on land the Palestinians see as part of their future state.

Friedman has in the past been a supporter of Israeli settlements as has the family of Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and adviser leading efforts to put together the peace deal.

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Kushner has hinted that it will not endorse international calls for the creation of a Palestinian state.

Several UN resolutions have enshrined the two-state solution, which envisages separate homelands for Jews and Palestinians, as the path to a peace settlement.

Both ministers also stressed the importance of the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees, just weeks after the US called for it to be dismantled after cutting its roughly $300 million annual donation.

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Jordan is home to nearly 2.2 million Palestinian refugees, who make up almost half of the kingdom’s population.

Separately, Mass said Germany would give Jordan a $100 million loan to help cope with economic difficulties in the kingdom where IMF-backed fiscal reforms sparked mass protests last year.

Jordan, whose stability is seen as vital for the volatile Middle East, also hosts some 1.3 million refugees from neighbouring war-torn Syria.

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‘Love the smell of stupid in the morning’: Internet destroys Fox News contributor who doesn’t know ‘what language quid pro quo is’

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A “Fox & Friends” interview went off-the-rails when the opinion editor of a right wing media outlet tried to discredit House Democrats who begin open impeachment inquiry hearings against President Donald Trump today. But it seems The Washington Times’ Charles Hurt managed to only discredit himself, based on social media responses.

“When you hear Adam Schiff and other Democrats use all these squirrelly words like ‘quid pro quo,’ ‘bribery,’ all these things, it’s all because they can’t specify exactly where Donald Trump broke any law or did anything particularly wrong,” said Hurt, who is also a Fox News contributor, and a contributor to the far right wing outlet Breitbart.

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Trump aides frantically stalling president from naming whistleblower on Twitter: ‘It is not a matter of if but when’

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While Fox News and all the major news outlets are refraining from naming the person who is presumed to be the whistleblower whose report became the genesis for the House proceeding with the impeachment of Donald Trump, top White House staffers are afraid the president will tweet the name out, setting off a firestorm.

According to a report at the Daily Beast, Trump is aware of a name being bandied about by rightwing websites and has yet to link to the stories, but as his impeachment hearings become a reality there is a fear that he will blurt the name out.

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Republicans admit ‘slash-and-burn’ stunts won’t work once impeachment moves to the Senate

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House Republicans have resorted to stunts and hijinks to disrupt and distract from the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump -- but their Senate counterparts understand that strategy won't work for them.

The Democratic-led House is widely expected to approve articles of impeachment after the public phase of the inquiry, which begins Wednesday with testimony from two Trump administration diplomats, but GOP senators can't count on the same theatrics employed by House Republicans, reported Politico.

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