There’s no way a deal can be made if they’re not ready to acknowledge a very, very great and important country. We’ve been working on it very, very diligently, but it is the parties themselves who must directly negotiate such an agreement. “But I think we’ll find out more about that tomorrow”. You teach your children to hate. The president has given his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, the job of negotiating a peace deal. While the global attention around peace negotiations has made Palestinians among the top recipients of foreign aid per capita, much of that money and influence is concentrated in the West Bank city of Ramallah.
In a departure from the traditional US Middle East policy adopted by both Democratic and Republican presidents, Mr Trump backed away from automatic support for the creation of a Palestinian state, saying, “I’m looking at a two-state and a one-state, and I like the one that both parties like”. The United States has explicitly supported the establishment of a two state solution since June of 2002, as former U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro noted on Twitter. A senior USA official said Wednesday that “it’s not for us to impose that vision”.
Trump: Well, I just want to say that we are, you know, very honoured by the victory that we had: 306 electoral college votes. Trump has little choice but to try to build every possible path toward that goal. “Under your leadership, I believe we can reverse the rising tide of radical Islam”.
“I honestly wonder if Trump’s plan is to be such a bumbling fool that Israel and Palestine are gonna get together in a room and be like, “I think we can both agree, that guy’s a f****** moron”. “This change in our region creates an unprecedented opportunity to strengthen security and advance peace”.
Under a two-state deal that has come tantalizingly close to happening, the sides negotiate borders, security, the status of Jerusalem and other thorny issues. The “positive thing” is that Trump’s policies are still not set, he said, “so there is an opportunity to listen and to develop and to impact the strategy that is being developed in the United States”. But Donald Trump’s famous unpredictability may prove him to be not the leader that Israel’s right wing has been longing for. As a result, Israel “has never had a closer relationship with the Arab world”, Corker said.
Still, his administration’s policy toward Israel is not yet fully formed.
Netanyahu has stopped short of endorsing those positions – steps that would put Israel at odds with long-standing US and European policies – while speaking of building in major settlement blocs Israel intends to keep in any future peace deal. And Congress is taking up this week his nomination of a hardcore pro-settlement lunatic to be the US ambassador to Israel.
Also on tap for the meeting will be a discussion of moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem – long a goal for Netanyahu and many pro-Israel Americans.