The collapse of peace talks between Israel and Palestinians showed that the concept of a two-state solution was a “nonstarter,” said former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton.
Mideast peace talks abruptly came to a halt after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ Palestinian Authority agreed to end its feud with the Islamist Hamas group April 24. Following the announcement, Israel’s security cabinet promptly suspended further talks with the Palestinian group.
“We have just seen in the past days the final crash, if you needed any more evidence, that the two-state solution is a nonstarter,” Bolton told Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom” on Tuesday. “The two-state solution isn’t going anywhere.”
Bolton said leaders in the United States and Europe had worked for at least 20 years on the “delusion that the only long-term solution in the Israeli-Palestinian context is a Palestinian state.”
Bolton said President Barack Obama was “objectively wrong about what’s going to bring peace and stability to the Middle East and Israel.” He said that “time and time again” it was proven a two-state solution “would inevitably lead to a terror state on the other side of the border with Israel.”
It is now “critical,” Bolton said, for officials to “look to other alternatives” for Mideast peace.
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