Trump's trip to Israel may set new tone in Middle East
- Author: Leroy Wright May 29, 2017,
May 29, 2017, 18:09
He may claim that Palestinians are raising their youths in a "culture of peace", but overwhelming evidence shows that the PA and other Palestinian factions systematically promote violence against Jews and Israelis. "And once the Palestinians will have their own state beside the State of Israel, then the Arab peace initiative can be implemented", he said in a phone interview.
Tom Sutton, a political science professor at Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, said the tone of the trip affirmed two important allies the US has in Israel and Saudi Arabia, which Trump visited immediately prior to his trip to Israel.
Trump, in prepared remarks delivered in Bethlehem on Tuesday, after a meeting with Abbas, seemed to support the inside-out approach preferred by Palestinians.
"I also firmly believe that if Israel and the Palestinians can make peace, it can begin a process of peace all throughout the Middle East and that will be an fantastic accomplishment".
If he was not aware of this fact before entering the White House, by now - following repeated conversations with the Palestinians, Jordanians, Egyptians, Saudis, and others - Trump surely knows that any deal that will be supported by any of these actors necessarily involves two states.
As such, the billionaire-turned-politician is making it very obvious, through this week's Middle East visit, that he is siding with Iran's regional competitors: Saudi Arabia and Israel.
At the same time, the White House sent mixed signals regarding the Trump administration's official policy on the conflict, seemingly acknowledging the existence of "Palestine" while simultaneously recognizing Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem.
The unnamed source added that the developments were angering the Palestinian street and causing tension between Abbas and King Abdullah II of Jordan.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the U.S. has increased its military aid to Tel Aviv by tens of millions of dollars.
The attack reportedly occurred as President Trump toured Jerusalem on an official state visit. The meetings were carried out in order to ensure a consensus vis-a-vis the peace process. The summit ended when Netanyahu reportedly rejected the U.S. proposal.
US President Donald Trump (left) welcomes Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi to the West Wing of the White House, April 3, 2017.
However, no government official has confirmed that such a summit is being planned, and Khalidi denied it. In this reading, Trump is not signaling anything at all by refusing to mention two states, but is employing a tactic created to get the two sides talking without having the White House get stuck in the bog from the outset.
I fully expect to hear Trump at some point begin talking about two states, but saying the words "two-state solution" will not invoke some kind of magic that conjures it into being any more than not saying the phrase will doom its prospects.