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Most Americans are supportive of a two-state solution to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This is mostly based on a misconception that a two-state solution will give the Palestinians reason to stop wanting all of Israel for themselves. The standard thinking in America and around the world is if the Palestinians are given a small state of their own, the violence will end because they’ll be satisfied.
Honest people who are fully aware of the dynamics behind the conflict, both historically and as current events unfold, are aware and willing to admit a two-state solution will lead to further conflict as other regional powers press for more. We’ve seen it time and time again over the decades. Any concessions the Israelis make are met with intensification of violence and expansion of demands made by everyone from Hezbollah to the PA, Iran to Lebanon. In other words, enough will never be enough.
For months, it has been assumed the White House peace plan for the Middle East, driven by the State Department and spearheaded by Senior White House Adviser Jared Kushner, would include a requirement for the creation of a Palestinian state. Today, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo refused to give any information about whether or not the future peace plan will include a two-state solution as part of the overall package.
There may be hope for sanity in the peace deal after all @SecPompeo https://t.co/OOataKzLU7
— JD Rucker (@JDRucker) April 11, 2019
This definitely doesn’t mean a two-state solution is off the table. In fact, it probably still is, but in the midst of the Israel election and the aftermath that will sort out who is going to be Prime Minister and what sort of coalition will form the government, it behooves the State Department and the White House to keep all cards close to the vest. While it’s very likely Benjamin Netanyahu will retain the office of Prime Minister, nothing is set in stone until everything is sorted out.
Trading land for peace has never worked and will never work as long as so many in the region are unwilling to acknowledge the very existence of the Jewish state. Muslim orthodoxy demands that Israel be wiped off the map, and while secular Muslims are generally against this premise, the powers that be in many Islamic nations still believe they cannot move forward with the doctrines of the Quran as long as Jews are in Jerusalem.
Nevertheless, the Secretary’s unwillingness to answer the questions directly leave room for hope that sanity will prevail. The only thing that can bring peace to the region is a whole and powerful Israel. Terrorism and rockets will continue indefinitely, but a U.S.-backed Israel will still be able to fend off full-blown war as long as they maintain their defensible positions. If they give up land in the Golan Heights or West Bank, they’re setting themselves up for attacks. They may even be setting themselves up for another war.
The Bible is unambiguous about who belongs in Jerusalem. Those who push for a two-state solution that splits Jerusalem and the West Bank are either unwilling to acknowledge the Bible or have given over to secular propaganda.
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