Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Times Of Israel Peace Process Update with My Commentary Following

With Trump likely to give Israel more leeway than Obama, Jerusalem will have to lay down its positions, Zionist Union MK Tzipi Livni said recently. “If Israel can really do whatever it wants — it’s time that Israel decide what it wants.” The government will no longer be able to portray the White House as the “bad cop” coercing decisions opposed by its right-wing base, she said.

Netanyahu and his aides are preparing feverishly for next Wednesday’s meeting in the Oval Office. The Israeli delegation wants Iran to top the agenda, but Trump and his advisers will also seek to discuss the peace process and learn how exactly Israel wants to move forward. Even Netanyahu’s own defense minister, Avigdor Liberman, has argued that Israel needs to coordinate its position on settlements with the new administration. The key to the future of the settlements lies in “understandings with the United States, not only our desire,” Liberman said in early December. “We’re not in a vacuum.”

For now, Netanyahu is maintaining radio silence on what he plans to tell the new president. It’s possible that he will present a new paradigm for the Middle East, perhaps adjusting or even abrogating his 2009 Bar-Ilan University speech, in which he accepted the idea of a demilitarized Palestinian state.

More likely, however, Netanyahu will repeat his in-principle endorsement of the two-state solution, with the caveat that it can only be implemented on the ground when the Palestinians radically change their approach and agree to make the concessions he requires of them.

Israel will never cease pursuing peace, Netanyahu can be expected to say during the public part of the White House meeting. But given the Palestinians’ recalcitrance and the turmoil sweeping the Middle East, he will probably add behind closed doors, there’s no deal to be had in foreseeable future.

In other words, even in the age of Donald Trump, Netanyahu’s immediate goal seems to be the maintenance of the status quo.


My Commentary: I am waiting for February 15th Oval Office Meeting between Donald Trump & Benjamin Netanyahu on the Peace Process. It may seem like I am not posting much lately, but it is because I am waiting to see what happens this upcoming Wednesday between President Trump & Benjamin Netanyahu.

Expect a major update February 15th posted on this blog. 

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