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Could a one-state solution for the Israel Palestine question actually work? 

Three Orthodox Jewish men look up at the vast concrete wall separating Isreal and Palestine
A one-state solution would need to overcome strong divisions between Israel and Palestine Credit:  Chris McGrath/Getty Images

It took Donald Trump only a few casual words to upend decades of US policy on the Middle East. 

Asked if he supported a one-state or two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the American president all but shrugged. “I can live with either one,” he said.

That phrase could not have been uttered by any of his recent predecessors, Democrat or Republican. Barack Obama, George W Bush and Bill Clinton all endorsed a two-state model, imagining an independent Palestine living alongside a safe and secure Israel.

But now that Mr Trump is at least flirting with abandoning the idea of two states it is worth asking: What would a one-state solution actually look like? And could it work? 

Trump open to one or two state solution in Middle East Watch | Trump open to one or two state solution in Middle East
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The two-state model has proved fiendishly difficult in the detail but its general outlines are clear. 

A new state of Palestine would be established in Gaza and in the West Bank with east Jerusalem as its...

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