Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's vow that there would be no Palestinian state under his leadership, made in the final hours of his election campaign this week, drew sharp rebukes from the U.S. government.
"He walked back from commitments that Israel had previously made to a two-state solution," White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters on Thursday, warning that the administration would have to re-evaluate its Middle East strategy. For decades, the U.S. and international community have pressed Palestinian and Israeli leaders to agree on the borders of two independent states.
After his election victory on Tuesday, Netanyahu sought to allay U.S. fears by telling NBC News that he does, in fact, support the two-state solution. "I haven't changed my policy ... what has changed is the reality," he said.
Did he walk back? How many steps? Was it the first time? In an attempt to answer these riddles, The WorldPost compiled a brief history of Netanyahu's positions on Palestinian statehood.