As Trump’s 2020 presidential campaign prepares to put the pedal to the metal, the administration wants to begin making its push for its Israeli-Palestinian peace plan, according to a report by The Jerusalem Post.
Trump committed back in September 2018 to release his much-ballyhooed plan by the end of this month, but he has now decided to wait until April. Why the delay? Because Israel has an election in April and Trump is hoping for enough turnover within the Israeli government to garner the support he needs to get a two-state peace plan approved.
Ah, yes. The two-state solution. The same, tired policy loved and promoted by Barack Obama. Interestingly enough, Barry interfered in Israel’s elections in 2015 in an attempt to get rid of Benjamin Netanyahu and his government, replacing them with a government that would accept the community organizer’s two-state plan.
Despite his rhetoric about having the strongest pro-Israel platform “ever developed in the history of [America],” Trump’s Middle East policies have had much more in common with those of his predecessor than not.
In his first few weeks in office, Trump condemned Israel for building new settlements in the West Bank, saying that they “may not be helpful in achieving [peace].” And shortly after becoming Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson confirmed that the administration considered the two-state solution the primary “aspiration” for peace.
When Trump promised to release his peace plan back in September, he confirmed his intention to force the two-state solution on Israel:
“I like [a] two-state solution. That’s what I think works best. Now, you may have a different feeling. I don’t think so. But I think [a] two-state solution works best.”
At a campaign rally at West Virginia last fall, Trump essentially threatened Israel with extortion, telling the audience that “Israel will have to pay a higher price” for peace, and he promised to deliver “something very good” to the Palestinians “because it’s their turn.”
Trump’ son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, is the guy in charge of the administrations peace plan, and he’s been a “two-stater” from the beginning. In a speech celebrating the relocation of the US embassy to Jerusalem, Kushner took the opportunity to reaffirm Trump’s commitment to the pro-Palestinian peace plan:
“We believe it’s possible for both sides to gain more than they give — so that all people can live in peace — safe from danger, free from fear, and able to pursue their dreams.”
Conservative Review Senior Editor Daniel Horowitz once called the two-state solution the “Obamacare of foreign policy” because it is just as catastrophic for foreign policy as Obamacare is for domestic policy.
Unfortunately, like Obamacare, the two-state solution remains alive and well in the Trump administration.
Originally posted on StridentConservative.com.
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