President Trump said today that he is not tied to a two state solution. How is that going to look to the Palestinians? If they are not going to reach an end point where they have their own state, what is the point of them going on with the peace process?
If the Trump Whitehouse follows this path, they have lost an opportunity to be the straight talking, no bull peace-brokers that I hoped they would be. Donald Trump had all the cards in his hands, he does not owe anyone anything, he is a Washington outsider. Why can’t he just tell Netanyahu how it is:
- Your settlements are illegal
- You are occupying land that does not belong to Israel
- You have punched above your weight for the past 50 odd years
- The U.S will be your ally but an honest ally
Israel behaves the way it does because America sits back and allows it to. As soon as the U.S starts treating Israel in a proper way, expecting it to act responsibly etc.. Israel will have to change the way it treats the Palestinians.
The Palestinians are not innocent bystanders, they have to recognise Israel and accept it’s right to exist. Crack down on terrorism and cooperate with Israel on security issues. The only real solution will be an Israeli state and a Palestinian state, anything else will not work and will not last.