Trump discusses peace without calling for a Palestinian state
- Author: Leroy Wright May 26, 2017,
May 26, 2017, 12:42
"The president was very forceful in his encouragement to both of them to be serious about approaching these discussions in the future and recognize they have to compromise", he said.
He noted that before Trump was inaugurated, the right-wing government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was celebrating Trump's election because of comments he made during the campaign that suggested a "dramatic shift away from a two-state solution". "Instead of saying thank you to the United States, they now feel emboldened", Trump said of the Iranians, saying that the decision to enter the deal was a "terrible thing for the United States". The latest round of peace talks in 2014, involving then-President Barack Obama and John Kerry, his secretary of state, failed to reach a deal. When the USA leader met his Palestinian counterpart, Mahmoud Abbas, he spoke about being committed to peace in general terms, but didn't use the phrase "two-state solution" - the code-word for a peace deal that would involve a Palestinian state.
Trump later visited the Western Wall and Yad Vashem, the Israeli Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem, and spoke at the Israel Museum, where he focused on terrorism.
Americans for Peace Now decried what it called Trump's "hollow visit" for being "appallingly short on content".
In the final remarks that concluded his first visit to the region, U.S. President Donald Trump said Tuesday that peace between Israel and the Palestinians is "possible".
Shapiro believes that USA policy decisions will have to be made within the next six months and then, he said, "we will know who is right".
"If Israel is allowed to fly over Saudi Arabia, it cuts two hours off flights to the east", Hoenlein said.
"Peace doesn't always have to mean Israel severing part of its land and handing it over to its enemies", Education Minister Naftali Bennett, chair of the Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) party, told The Telegraph. He offered the Saudis a massive $110 billion arms deal despite the fact that their brutal bombing of Yemeni civilians makes it potentially illegal. The organization questioned how the US commitment to maintain Israel's qualitative military edge would be impacted by the sale.
David Pollock, a senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, said Trump's Israel visit was highly significant, and signified that the USA relationship with Israel will be much warmer than it was under the previous US administration. "This possibility must also be considered here".
"I think that gives us a better chance of having success in this issue".