The Trump administration on Israel and Palestine: is it a new peace plan?

We live in troubled and troubling times. Though we can, if we look, find reasons for optimism, many indicators are pointing in the wrong direction – more armed conflicts, more military spending, more arms trading. Worse, this unfolds against a seriously concerning background of long-term trends: increasingly toxic geopolitics, the crumbling of arms control and the climate crisis. The doomsday clock of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists has moved 20 seconds closer to midnight; it has never been closer.

Amid the gloom, would it not be a welcome relief for a new peace vision for the Middle East to be launched, to resolve the Israel-Palestine conflict, and open the door to a new possibility of political and social progress in the region?

Yes it would. But…

My colleagues at SIPRI put me on the spot a few days back with questions about the new US initiative on the Israel-Palestine conflict. The Trump administration’s peace plan, entitled Peace to Prosperity, described as “President Trump’s vision for a comprehensive peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians”, was launched on 28 January. Here is what I  think about it. If you want what I say summed up in two words, it would be, “Not new.”

This is the kind of thing on which I would dearly love to be proven wrong.

Analytically, I see no mileage in this proposal. Virtually everything in it has already been rejected more than once by all credible Palestinian groups (that is to say, all Palestinian groups with political credibility in Palestine). One can hope that it might be the starting point for a conversation even though that is not how it has been presented. It is not a very strong hope. The lack of an even-handed approach from the US side is overwhelmingly obvious. The point was only driven home by Israel’s still-premier Binyamin Netanyahu and opposition leader Benny Gantz being present at the launch while Palestinians were absent. Analysis of the prospects for progress on the basis of the plan cannot ignore that deficiency.

A couple of days ago came the headline, referencing President Trump’s son-in-law who appears to have been in charge of developing the initiative, “Jared Kushner: Mideast peace plan not dead yet.”

Which, unfortunately, tells it all.

One response to “The Trump administration on Israel and Palestine: is it a new peace plan?

  1. SAMIR SARDANA

    THE PROBLEM LIES IN The Book of Genesis of BENJY NETANYAHU

    He does not believe that Palestinians,EVER lived in Israel
    He believes that the Philistines are NOT,the CURRENT Palestinians

    So,he believes that Palestinians were PARACHUTED into ISRAEL,by the Arabs/EU and Jordan

    The REAL TRANSCENDENTAL ENEMIES OF THE JEWS,ARE THE “PHILISTINES” – as was recorded in the Hebrew Bible ! The “PHILISTINES” ruled over the Pentagon,within ISRAEL,for centuries – LONG BEFORE DAVID !

    Joshua 13:3

    from the Shihor River on the east of Egypt to the territory of Ekron on the north, all of it counted as Canaanite though held by the five Philistine rulers in Gaza, Ashdod, Ashkelon, Gath and Ekron; the territory of the Avvites

    The Torah records that the “PHILISTINES”,intermingled (read as “COPULATED”) with the Avvites.

    So the claim of the Philistines,PREDATED DAVID AND EVEN MOSES.When Moses EXITED Egypt – he was warned NOT TO GO NEAR THE PHILISTINES !

    SO THE PHILISTINES ARE THE TRUE OWNERS OF ISRAEL – IN TERMS OF THE PERIOD OF STAY – PRINCIPLE !

    The PHILISTINES ALSO KILLED SAMSON ! This was an AFFRONT AND DEFEAT of YAWEH ! In Judges – Samson was a BOON to the Jews,to KILL THE PHILISTINES – and the Philistines killed SAMSON !

    Judges 13:3

    3 And the angel of the LORD appeared unto the woman, and said unto her: ‘Behold now, thou art barren, and hast not borne; but thou shalt conceive, and bear a son.

    24 And the woman bore a son, and called his name Samson; and the child grew, and the LORD blessed him.

    THE PHILISTINES WERE CREATED,TO DESTROY THE JEWS – AS PER THE TORAH – and they ALSO SEIZED THE ARK !

    Now the question is,WHO ARE THE PHILISTINES ? Preponderance of opinion says – Europeans or Southern Europeans (in 12OO BC).These SOUTHERN EUROPEANS,have proliferated across EU/ Russia/UK.

    THAT EXPLAINS THE JEW POGROMS,IN THE EUROPE UNION AND UK,IN THE LAST 1500 YEARS UPTO WW2 !
    The Philistines were destroyed,scattered and subsumed by the Assyrians – BUT THEIR SOUL SURVIVED IN EUROPE ! THE CORE DNA OF THE PHILISTINES SURVIVED IN THE EUROPEANS !

    The CREATION OF ISRAEL by the EU,after WW2,WAS DONE TO EXPORT THE JEWS TO ISRAEL – BY SUASION,PERSUASION AND COERCION.It is ALSO the EU and UK,who SUPPLANTED THE PALESTINIANS,in Israel.

    THE AIM WAS TO CONCENTRATE ALL THE JEWS,IN 1 GEOGRAPHUCAL PROXIMATE COORDINATE !

    And so,who are the Palestinians,Hamas,Hezb ? They are AT WORST,the OFFSPRING of the Assyrians, Babylonians and Persians per se,or the fusion of these 3 races – with the scattered Philistines !

    AND Who are the Assyrians, Babylonians and Persians ? These are the races PROPHECISED to DESTROY THE HILISTINES,ISREALITIES,JEWS AND HEZEKIAH !

    SO THE PALESTINIANS ARE THE “PRIORI ENEMIES” OF THE JEWS OF ISRAEL – AND HISTORY SHOWS THAT BESIDES HEZEKIAH’S VICTORY ON GAZA AND THE RIDICULOUS DAVID-GOLIATH TALE (GOLIATH = PHILISTINE) – ISRAEL LOST “ALL THE WARS” !

    IT IS THE END OF TIMES !

    HISTORY RECORDS THAT YAWEH (USA) COULD NOT SAVE THE PLUNDER OF HEZEKIAH (ISRAEL) BY THE ASSYRIANS (PALESTINIANS)

    WAR IS THE ONLY SOLUTION ! dindooohindoo

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