President Trump made it clear on Wednesday that he supports Israel and a one nation plan for settling the perennial “disputes between Palestinians and Israel.” His position is in direct contrast with most of the world leaders and the previous President Barrack Obama. Benjamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister of Israel, received mixed messages from the president. Donald Trump vowed to support Israel, but wants Netanyahu to “hold off” on claiming new communities in areas that may be the future Palestinian state.
Although the president prefers one state, he stated to the press that he “can live with either one.” Former President Bill Clinton initiated the idea of a Palestinian state in the 1990s. However, there still does not seem to be a clear resolution.
While Netanyahu was in the US, CIA chief Mike Pompeo conducted a quiet meeting with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas. No response has come from the White House. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres explained that a two state mission is the only way to a reasonable peace agreement between Israel and Palestinians. International leaders agreed upon this measure in a meeting in Paris, prior to Trump taking office.
When Trump called for compromises in this debate over a two state solution, Netanyahu replied that it needed to happen on “both sides.” The two non-negotiables for Israel are “recognition of the Jewish state and Israel’s security needs west of the Jordan River.”
Netanyahu has recently approved nearly 10,000 settler homes on seized and private Palestinian land. He said that he is open to negotiating with Palestine. At the conclusion of the meeting, both the US and Israel seemed optimistic that a solution will happen.
Peace talks have been going on for decades. Many American leaders have advanced cautiously on this topic, recognizing that Israel is a close ally with the US, but Israel’s actions in the conflict do not always help to create a resolution: These settlements is one of those actions. The president reaffirmed that, despite warnings from Arab and Palestinians, he is still working with his administration to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem. This would move many world leaders to believe that the US recognizes Israel as a Jewish state.
After a rough eight years with Obama, Netanyahu was excited to work with the Trump administration. He expressed his adoration for Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, a man he has known for a long time. He even announced that President Trump is the greatest “supporter of the Jewish people.”
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