At least the mainstream media is constant, it has absolutely no idea what is happening with regards to the Middle East. President Trump and Israeli Premier Netanyahu held a joint press conference on Wednesday and throw away what you may have heard from the MSM because they emphasized the wrong things and got some points wrong, all because neither the American President nor the Israeli Prime Minister are liked by the liberal media.
Most missed was the different approach to US/Israeli relations and the Middle East peace process revealed during the press conference.
Despite what you may have heard or read from the MSM President Trump did not abandon the “two-state-solution.” What the President dropped was the Obama position which was articulated by Susan Rice, “even if Israel and the Palestinians reach an agreement, it is possible that the United States would oppose it.” The position Trump stated was we will support whatever the Israelis and Palestinians come up with.
During the presser the president was asked if he supports the two-state solution, he answered:
So I’m looking at two-state and one-state, and I like the one that both parties like. I’m very happy with the one that both parties like. I can live with either one.
I thought for a while the two-state looked like it may be the easier of the two. But honestly, if Bibi and if the Palestinians — if Israel and the Palestinians are happy, I’m happy with the one they like the best.
Overall one could not help but notice that the two genuinely like each other, For one thing the POTUS allowed the Prime Minister to enter and leave through the front door of the White House. Even when the president seemingly tried to pressure Israel it was done in a jovial way; as in this exchange:
Trump: As far as settlements, (turns to Netanyahu) I’d like to see you hold back on settlements for a little bit. We’ll work something out. But I would like to see a deal be made. I think a deal will be made. I know that every President would like to. Most of them have not started until late because they never thought it was possible. And it wasn’t possible because they didn’t do it.
But Bibi and I have known each other a long time — a smart man, great negotiator. And I think we’re going to make a deal. It might be a bigger and better deal than people in this room even understand. That’s a possibility. So let’s see what we do.
Netanyahu: Let’s try it.
Trump: Doesn’t sound too optimistic, but — (laughter) — he’s a good negotiator.
Netanyahu: That’s the “art of the deal.” (Laughter.)
Two important things to understand about this exchange. Firstly the “I’d like to see you hold back on settlements for a little bit.” was pre-planned. Not necessarily the exact verbiage but it was no surprise to the Israeli PM. It was very obvious that the two had discussed the content of their remarks before the press conference. This is normally done when a president meets a foreign leader, but according to former Israeli ambassador to the US, it was something Obama didn’t do with Netanyahu.
The second point about the exchange is that it wasn’t done to push Bibi it was made to help him. Netanyahu is walking a fine line back home. Some of the parties in his coalition government feel very strongly about the need to build brand new settlement communities on new land. Trump’s comment gave the Prime Minister some cover, not to expand territory as some would like.
Revealed at the conference was a real change in strategy not involving a one, two (or 3) state solution. According to Netanyahu (and confirmed by President Trump) they are going to take more of a regional approach to peace negotiations.
I believe that the great opportunity for peace comes from a regional approach from involving our newfound Arab partners in the pursuit of a broader peace and peace with the Palestinians.
If the regional approach ends up working, President Obama and his romance with Iran will deserve some credit. Iran is the most powerful of the Shia Muslim states. Along with Israel Iran hates Saudi Arabia the leader of the Sunni Muslim states. Therefore the Saudis and some of the Sunni states have been working with Israel to protect themselves against Iranian aggression. This is not even close to being a public alliance, that would incite riots in the Muslim states, but it is there nevertheless.
Also at the press conference President Trump officially walked back from his promise to move the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem saying:
As far as the embassy moving to Jerusalem, I’d love to see that happen. We’re looking at it very, very strongly. We’re looking at it with great care — great care, believe me. And we’ll see what happens.
Ultimately Wednesday’s press conference signalled a giant step away from the Barack Obama/Clinton/Kerry administration hostile to the Jewish State. The genuine friendship between the President and Prime Minister, makes the remote chance of peace just a little less remote, as there is a trust which may enable them to take chances, impossible to take amid the distrustful attitude generated during the “bad old days” of the previous administration.
None of this means there wont be rough spots in the relationship despite their friendship. Both leaders believe in putting the needs of their country first (as it should be) and both are used to being the “alpha dog.” However what their relationship means is it will be much easier to repair their disagreements than was possible during the Obama tenure.
Perhaps the most gratifying was when President Trump put his hand on Netanyahu’s back to lead him into the White House there was no knife in his other hand, ready to figuratively stab his strong ally in the back.
Below is a video of the entire President Trump, Prime Minister Netanyahu press conference:
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