Thursday, February 16, 2017

GOOD: Trump Backs Away From the Two-State Solution. Here Are Five Thoughts

I feel a bit like the dog owner who comes home from a date night to find that his irritable bowel syndrome-afflicted beast has fortuitously managed to hold it in for a few hours: “Well, I’ll be! Good boy!”
It was not two weeks ago that I reacted—contra many others in the broader pro-Israel community—quite negatively to Trump’s seeming continuation of his benighted Oval Office predecessor’s fixation on “settlement” activity as the alleged bête noire of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. So peeved was I that I slammed Trump’s statement as “only one or two incremental steps better than that which we might expect from an inveterate fool like John Kerry or a Hamas mouthpiece like Peter Beinart.”
But much like the Lord of the Rings fanboy who was gullible enough to think The Return of the King was going to end the first second third fourth time it seemed like it would, I’ve never been happier to be so wrong. Cue Time:
WATCH Trump, Netanyahu Press Conference ABOVE
Breaking with decades of U.S. foreign policy, the Trump administration will not insist on a two-state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict when President Donald Trump hosts Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday…”Maybe, maybe not,” one official said of the two-state solution. “It’s something the two sides have to agree to. It’s not for us to impose that vision. But I think we’ll find out more about that tomorrow.”…”A two-state solution that doesn’t bring peace is not a goal that anybody wants to achieve,” the official said. “Peace is the goal, whether it comes in the form of a two-state solution if that’s what the parties want or something else, if that’s what the parties want, we’re going to help them.”
If President Trump follows through and acts upon this vision, it would represent a monumental—and profoundly beneficial—shift in U.S. policy toward Israel. Here are five thoughts on that shift. ...
Read the rest from Josh Hammer HERE.

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