Trump slaps Middle East peace

In a meeting with the Israeli Prime Minister Donald Trump has given hopes of advances in Middle East peace talks a slap, ruling out dealing with the Palestinians unless they do what he wants.

Does this mean his son-in-law Jarod Kushner will be reassigned from his Middle East peace mission?

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President Donald Trump’s push for a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians stems from a belief that his broader goals of stopping Iranian aggression and Islamic extremism will not be possible without it, presidential adviser Jared Kushner said in a rare public appearance on Sunday.

“If we’re going to try to create more stability in the region as a whole, you have to solve this issue,” Kushner told Middle East experts gathered at the Brookings Institution’s Saban Forum. Trump, he said, “sees this as something that has to be solved.”

But nearly a year after Trump named Kushner, his son-in-law and senior White House aide, as point person for what he called “the ultimate deal,” there has been no public indication of where the initiative is heading.

“We’ve solicited a lot of ideas from a lot of places,” Kushner said. “There is obviously a lot of speculation… ‘There is a plan, what is it? Are these four points in or out?’

“We all kind of laugh and say, OK, we’re just not going to play the guessing game… We know what’s in the plan. The Palestinians know what discussions we’ve had with them, the Israelis know.”

Jerusalam Post: TRUMP: IF PALESTINIANS DON’T WANT PEACE, U.S. HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THEM

Unless the Palestinian Authority shows that it wants to make peace, the US will “not have anything to do with them any longer,” US President Donald Trump said Thursday in Davos before meeting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

“I can tell you, Israel does want to make peace, and they [the Palestinians] are going to have to want to make peace too, or we aren’t going to have anything to do with them any longer,” Trump said, sitting next to Netanyahu. “This was not brought up by other negotiators, but it is brought up by me.“

Is this another case of Trump making things difficult for his Middle East peace team led by Kushner?

Trump did not hide his anger toward the Palestinians for snubbing Vice President Mike Pence during his visit to Israel this week, saying that the US will withhold aid funds to them until they return to negotiations.

The Palestinians, he said, “disrespected us” by not “allowing our great vice president to see them, and we give them hundreds of millions of dollars in aid support.”

That money, Trump said, will not go to the Palestinians “unless they sit down and negotiate peace.”

Time will tell what happens to the peace process, Trump said, “but respect has to be shown to the US, or we just are not going any further.”

Respect generally needs to be earned, not demanded with ultimatums.

Trump said that the US has a peace proposal, which he characterized as “a great proposal for the Palestinians” and a “very good proposal for Israel.”

He said the proposal “covers a lot of the things that were over the years discussed and agreed on.”

The fact is, he said, “ there were never any deals that came close because you could never get past Jerusalem.”

Trump dismissed critics saying that his Jerusalem decision set back peace, saying that he enhanced the chances of peace by taking the toughest issue off the table.

The issue of Jerusalem hasn’t been taken off the table by Trump, he has inflamed it.

Not surprisingly responses have not been complimentary.

In response to Trump’s words, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeinah said: “If the issue of Jerusalem remains off the table, America will remain away from the table.”

Senior Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat also responded to Trump’s comments, saying: “Today’s message is clear: President Trump is blackmailing and punishing the Palestinian people for fighting and believing in their freedom and human rights per international law and UN resolutions. President Trump could buy many things with his money, but he won’t be able to buy the dignity of our nation.”

“This is not a game for the people of Palestine. It is about our very existence that continues to be denied by Israel with full US support,” Erekat continued.

“As the US Administration insists to continue promoting international anarchy and rewarding violations of international law, we will continue to use all available political, diplomatic and legal venues in order to achieve the long overdue rights of the Palestinian people, most importantly our right to self-determination.”

Middle East peace was always going to be difficult to achieve. Kushner’s job looks to be a bit harder still now, unless this was his plan all along.

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12 Comments

  1. David

     /  January 26, 2018

    Why would the US give money to a place that makes payments to families of the people who preform terrorist attacks on Israel. What is the incentive for the PA to seek a peace deal when it would halt the gravy train of wealth that goes to their senior people from foreign aid.
    Abbas has refused to sit down and talk for 18 months at least, it precedes embassy moves and Trump.

  2. Gezza

     /  January 26, 2018

    Have you noticed that the Israelis keep stealing more & more Palestinian land & won’t give it back & refuse to even consider allowing the return of Palestinian exiles & their descendants, whilst continually encouraging Jews who have never lived there to immigrate? And they won’t change that. What’s left to negotiate?

    Hamas control of Gaza is the result of Israeli Zionists’ land theft, duplicitity, occupation, & intransigence. (Israelis are not all Zionists, but they now control their government – and Trump.)

  3. Corky

     /  January 26, 2018

    About time someone told Palestine straight how it is, and how it will be. What other recourse is there when these people want Jews wiped off the earth. Trumps attitude is right. These people don’t want peace, they have no attitude for advancement. Stuff them.

    Meanwhile silly Israel still gives Arabs land rights in Israel. Now that’s what I call advancing the peace process.

    ps- for nitpickers and Jew haters, the article below is time sensitive.

    http://www.meforum.org/370/can-arabs-buy-land-in-israel

  4. Strong For Life

     /  January 26, 2018

    Abbas is not interested in peace. The anti-Semitic holocaust deniers only aim is the destruction of Israel. I find it interesting that although funding has been cut the Palestinian Authority have just spent $50m to buy a private jet for Mr Abbas.

    https://www.timesofisrael.com/amid-funding-cut-fears-pa-purchases-50-million-private-jet-for-abbas-report/

  5. Joe Bloggs

     /  January 26, 2018

    Trump’s an idiot. But aside from that, no-body wants peace in the Middle East, not Abbas, not Netanyahu, nor trump, the Saudis, etc., etc. It’s far too good a money spinner for all concerned.

    On a happier note, I’ve always admired the Guggenheim…

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11982433

  6. Trevors_elbow

     /  January 26, 2018

    Pfffft…

    TRUMP!! Its all his fault… well thats the normal YNZ commentary….

    Let the process play out – Trump is posturing and setting out a strong negotiating position. . If the Palestinians want peace they will come to the table. If they don’t they continue to live day to day.

    Its in their hands. Sign a deal and Israel is hand cuffed on settlements and many other things…. but the Palestinians prefer ongoing low level violence as it keeps their leadership in cpin and in power.

  7. Alan Wilkinson

     /  January 26, 2018

    Trump is right. Why fund hostile arseholes? US can do good by saving a lot of wasted money propping up scumbags.