“We are not evaluating our relationship with Israel, we evaluate how to proceed as it relates to pursuing a two-state solution,” Psaki stated.
The State Department spokesperson added that there are areas where the United States and Israel have had disagreements, including on the ongoing Iran nuclear program negotiations, but Jerusalem remains a US strategic and security partner.
“We’ve continued our consultations, and I think that speaks to our commitment to the relationship,” Psaki explained. “Our relationship with Israel is abiding, it’s strong, it’s a security relationship, it’s one that we are committed to.”
Palestinians seek the creation of an independent state on the territories of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, partially occupied by Israel since 1967.
Negotiations on the so-called two-state solution, which envisages the peaceful co-existence of an Israeli and a Palestinian state, have been held on and off for two decades.