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.
Theresa May should make it clear to Benjamin Netanyahu that Britain is against further Israeli settlements in the occupied territories. Israel has been doing exactly what it wants for years and years. How can they say they want peace with the Arab nations and continue to behave like this.
The United Nations on 22nd March 1979 made itself very clear “that the policy and practices of Israel in establishing settlements in the Palestinian and other Arab territories occupied since 1967 have no legal validity and constitute a serious obstruction to achieving a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East” It does not matter how many resolutions the international community passes, as long as Israel has the unbending support of the U.S, they will continue to do as they wish.
It is time now for the U.S to show the rest of the world, especially the Arab world that they treat all countries according to their actions. Donald Trump has a chance to change the Arab view of America by using his influence to change the direction that Israel is going in. Until the U.S lean heavily on Israel, Israel will continue to frustrate peace.
I am not against Israel, the fact that Israel has managed to survive and be strong while being surrounded by enemies is something that they should be proud of but for their own sake, it is time to seriously commit to the peace process.