Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Poll Analyses
Share on Facebook 7 Share on Twitter 1 Printer Friendly Page More Sharing
OpEdNews Op Eds    H3'ed 2/9/20

Trump's First Offer was a Better Deal for Palestine -- and Israel

By       (Page 1 of 1 pages) (View How Many People Read This)   2 comments
Author 76576
Follow Me on Twitter     Message Thomas Knapp

In early 2016, then-candidate Donald Trump pronounced himself "neutral" in the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. He also expressed pessimism that a deal between the two sides was even possible: "I have friends of mine that are tremendous businesspeople, that are really great negotiators, [and] they say it's not doable."

It didn't take Trump long to reverse himself -- when it was explained to him that $100 million in campaign assistance from casino magnate Sheldon Adelson depended on such a reversal, he re-booted as "the most pro-Israel presidential candidate in history," which in Adelsonese means "the most pro-Likud/pro-Netanyahu/anti-Palestinian candidate in the election."

Nearly four years later -- after numerous sops to Likud and favors to save Netanyahu's premiership amidst his indictment on corruption charges, including moving the US embassy to Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem -- Trump unveiled his "deal of the century."

The deal, in summary: The Israeli regime gets everything it wants; Palestine's Arabs get to keep some, but not all, of what they already have while giving up quite a bit.

They supposedly get a "state," but that's neither Trump's nor Israel's to give: The State of Palestine already exists and is already recognized by most other countries.

Israel and occupied territories map.
Israel and occupied territories map.
(Image by Wikipedia (commons.wikimedia.org))
  Details   DMCA

They get a "capital" in a sliver of East Jerusalem, but Israel will annex even more Palestinian land.

The new, fake, quasi-state of Palestine will be required to "demilitarize" and trust Israel to defend it, and Israel will exercise veto power over both its foreign policy and its internal security policy.

Trump's offer is quite a shift from his former "neutrality." As Lando Calrissian said in The Empire Strikes Back, "this deal is getting worse all the time." Worse for the Palestinians, obviously, but worse for Israel as well.

US aid and military support have turned Israel into a spoiled child among states. It does what it wants and gets what it wants, not because it deserves to or because it's able to itself, but because it has a generous and muscular big brother doling out money to it and threatening to beat up anyone who questions its entitlement.

At some point, that relationship will end as all relationships do. The longer that relationship continues, the weaker, more vulnerable, and more over-extended Israel becomes.

If Israel's regime was interested in peace, or even in its country's survival, it would unilaterally withdraw to its 1967 borders, begin negotiating administration of Palestinians' "right of return" to their stolen land, and recognize the existing State of Palestine.

And if Trump was really "pro-Israel," he'd return to his position of "neutrality" in the matter. Even if it meant refunding Sheldon Adelson's bribe, eating a little crow, and explaining another change of heart to his confused evangelical supporters.

 

Well Said 2   Supported 2   Must Read 1  
Rate It | View Ratings

Thomas Knapp Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

Thomas L. Knapp is director and senior news analyst at the William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism (thegarrisoncenter.org). He lives and works in north central Florida.


Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Follow Me on Twitter     Writers Guidelines
Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

STAY IN THE KNOW
If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEdNews Newsletter
Name
Email
   (Opens new browser window)
 

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Hypocrisy Alert: Republicans Agreed with Ocasio-Cortez Until About One Minute Ago

Finally, Evidence of Russian Election Meddling ... Oh, Wait

Chickenhawk Donald: A Complete and Total Disgrace

The Nunes Memo Only Partially "Vindicates" Trump, But it Fully Indicts the FBI and the FISA Court

Aircraft Carriers: Give Truman and Ford a Burial at Sea

Political Parties Should Say What They Mean. The Libertarian Party Does.

Comments

The time limit for entering new comments on this article has expired.

This limit can be removed. Our paid membership program is designed to give you many benefits, such as removing this time limit. To learn more, please click here.

2 people are discussing this page, with 2 comments


Kitty Antonik

Become a Fan
Author 6434
Follow Me on Twitter (Member since Jun 13, 2007), 1 fan, 27 articles, 30 quicklinks, 207 comments, 9 diaries (How many times has this commenter been recommended?)
Not paid member and Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in Not paid member and Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in Not paid member and Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in Not paid member and Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

  New Content

Tom's first link does not work; gets a "Page not Found"

Correct link: for "pronounced himself "neutral". The Video originally part of that page is No Longer Available: "This video is no longer available because the YouTube account associated with this video has been terminated."

Submitted on Monday, Feb 10, 2020 at 2:15:06 AM

Author 0
Add New Comment
  Recommend  (0+)
Help
Indent

Thomas Knapp

Become a Fan
Author 76576
Follow Me on Twitter
(Member since Feb 15, 2012), 7 fans, 501 articles, 781 comments, 2 diaries (How many times has this commenter been recommended?)
Not paid member and Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in Not paid member and Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in Not paid member and Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in Not paid member and Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

Reply to Kitty Antonik:   New Content

Thanks for catching that -- I'm not sure if I didn't properly copy the link or if it got cut off somewhere/somehow after that.

Submitted on Monday, Feb 10, 2020 at 11:54:43 AM

Author 0
Add New Comment
  Recommend  (0+)
Help

 
Want to post your own comment on this Article? Post Comment