President Trump has ripped up the rule book when it comes to Palestinian-Israeli peace negotiations. Trump told Netanyahu he would have to ‘compromise’ if peace was to be attained in Israel.
Decades of US policy have essentially been trashed by President Trump’s statement today saying that a ‘historic and great peace deal is now being negotiated’. President Trump added a caveat which suggests that he is not particularly worried about continuing the ‘two state solution’.
The official Washington DC policy has been insisting on a ‘two-state solution’ to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This ineffectual policy has resulted in no meaningful negotiations between Palestine and Israel since 2014. There has been little if any condemnation regarding violation of sovereign territory owned by Palestine on the West Bank and Syrian territory in the Golan Heights.
At a news conference with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, President Trump promised to deliver a “great” peace deal, but said both sides must compromise – and this word ‘compromise’ may be the most difficult pill for Netanyhu to swallow.
During the press conference, President Trump requested Netanyhu to “hold back” on settlement building for “a little bit”, which is in fact the first time that any US President has dared to challenge the ongoing Israeli policy of demolishing homes of Palestinians in the West Bank.
Israel has approved thousands of new homes in West Bank and East Jerusalem since President Trump took office – which may be a sign that this is Israel’s last-minute attempt to add to it’s long legacy of land-grabs in the region – which include the Golan Heights which President Assad of Syria has contested as being Syrian territory for many years.
The recent United Nations resolution 2334 has been debated and indeed contested in public by Paul Ryan. This resolution, which has triggered international legislation, has essentially put Palestine on the map officially. In 2015, the European Parliament added the Palestinian flag to it’s flag of nations display in Brussels.
Historically, Palestine has an unbroken territorial history of 2,000+ years and unlike Israel has a socio-economic footprint, with ‘Palestina’ being featured on Roman coins.
Palestinian diplomatic relations with Lebanon and Syria stretch back more than 800 years, with the city of Jerusalem essentially being the capital of Palestinians. The same cannot be said for Israel which is a newbie, a nation made with 55% European & Russian migrants, and whose historical legacy in the region was unchartered and broken after the expulsion of the Jews from Egypt and then being followed in the late 11th century by many expulsions from European nations such as France, Britain and Germany, which continued throughout the medieval epoch.
Obama’s legacy on the question Israel is mostly portrayed as anally retentive and slightly hostile to the Jewish state which was formed in the late 1940s – in fact, Obama was honoured with medals and awards from the Jewish diaspora, and oversaw the gifting of billions of dollars in aid and weapons, including phosphorous bombs paid for by the US tax payer, made by Monsanto in the USA and shipped to Israel for free.
What is the two-state solution?
This phrase “two-state solution” is a projected final deal that would see the creation of an independent state of Palestine within pre-1967 ceasefire lines in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem – the problem, essentially, is that the European Parliament and several nations have already ratified their diplomatic ties with Palestine and have already conferred respect for Palestinian nationhood. The United Nations have now passed an international legal resolution backed by many nations which clearly respects Palestine as an independent nation. Thus, the phrase ‘two state solution’ is retarded and is somewhat insulting to the Palestinian authorities.
What kind of ‘deal’ will President Trump negotiate?
It is almost 100% certain that the Palestinians will be bringing an important bargaining chip to the negotiation table – and that is massive economic compensation for the 2009 Human Rights violations perpetrated by Israel’s use of phosphorous bombs which have allegedly been manufactured by Monsanto.
Israel’s repeated bombing using white phosphorus shells over densely populated areas of Gaza during the 2009 military campaign against mostly unarmed Palestinian civilians was heavily documented by HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH and dubbed ‘indiscriminate’. The HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH blog claims this is evidence of war crimes committed by Israel.
The HRW 71-page report, “Rain of Fire: Israel’s Unlawful Use of White Phosphorus in Gaza,” provides witness accounts of the devastating effects that white phosphorus munitions had on Palestinian civilians and civilian property in Gaza. Human Rights Watch researchers found spent shells, canister liners, and dozens of burnt felt wedges containing white phosphorus on city streets, apartment roofs, residential courtyards, and at a United Nations school. The report also presents ballistics evidence, photographs, and satellite imagery, as well as documents from the Israeli military and government.
“In Gaza, the Israeli military didn’t just use white phosphorus in open areas as a screen for its troops,” said Fred Abrahams, senior emergencies researcher at Human Rights Watch and co-author of the report. “It fired white phosphorus repeatedly over densely populated areas, even when its troops weren’t in the area and safer smoke shells were available. As a result, civilians needlessly suffered and died”.
Monsanto & Israel – Trump’s Military-Industrial Complex:
Remember Oliver Stone’s excellent movie JFK in which the official verdict about who was the culprit for the JFK assassination is attributed to the nefarious ‘military industrial complex’? Well, President Trump faces a 21st century version of this cartel;