Trump Adviser Reveals New Details On Trump’s Position On Palestinian-Israeli Conflict
Change from presidents in the past...
Yochanan Visser June 27, 2016 at 11:09am
Donald Trump has changed his opinion on a vital issue concerning the solution of the Palestinian- Israeli conflict, according to David Friedman, one of his key advisers on Israeli affairs.
Friedman said in an interview with the leftist Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz that Trump would not support an independent Palestinian state if Israel opposed it.
Friedman said Trump thinks the current facts “don’t make a Palestinian state an American imperative at all.”
All U.S. Presidents, both Democratic and Republican, have supported the establishment of a Palestinian state for more than twenty years.
The adviser, who reportedly could become the next U.S. ambassador to Israel if Trump wins the election in November, explained that “the reasons for Trump’s positions about the creation of a Palestinian state are due first and foremost to what he described as ‘the Gaza experiment’ and the way that ended.” He added that “the second reason is that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has no domestic political legitimacy in the Palestinian Authority, and therefore he has no mandate to sign a peace agreement.”
Finally, Friedman explained, “the American interest is that Israel will live in security and therefore any step that may weaken it should be avoided.”
Trump’s current position on the so-called two-state-solution contradicts what he told The New York Times at the end of March. Trump said at the time he would support a two-state solution.
He told The Times:
Basically I support a two-state solution on Israel. But the Palestinian Authority has to recognize Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state. Have to do that. And they have to stop the terror, stop the attacks, stop the teaching of hatred, you know? The children, I sort of talked about it pretty much in the speech, but the children are aspiring to grow up to be terrorists. They are taught to grow up to be terrorists. And they have to stop. They have to stop the terror. They have to stop the stabbings and all of the things going on. And they have to recognize that Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state.
During the interview with Ha’aretz, Friedman revealed that a Trump victory in the presidential election will mean a total overhaul in long-standing U.S. policies towards the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
Friedman emphasized that Trump supports the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria and understands that the Israeli government has a commitment to the citizens living there. The GOP candidate encourages Israel to continue to build in the so-called settlements in “Judea and Samaria,” Friedman said, using the original biblical name for the “West Bank.”
Israelis “don’t have to wait for another generation for the Palestinians to hold more realistic expectations and show less hostile motivation,” Friedman told Ha’aretz while adding that “Trump’s position is that we have to deal with reality and not hopes and wishes.”
He also said Trump does not worry about the possibility that a bi-national state will emerge in the absence of a negotiated solution to the century-old conflict.
Israelis “don’t have to wait another generation for the Palestinians to hold more realistic expectations and show less hostile motivation, Trump’s position is that we have to deal with reality and not hopes and wishes,” Trumps long-time legal adviser said before making another game-changing statement on Trump’s positions toward a solution of the conflict.
Friedman told Ha’aretz that Trump would not object to Israel annexing parts of the so-called West Bank (Judea and Samaria).The international community, including all previous U.S. administrations, have always opposed Israeli annexation of parts of the territories conquered in the 1967 Six-Day-War.
“I think there are parts of the West Bank that will stay part of Israel in any peace deal. I am sure he wouldn’t have any problem with that at all. Regarding the entire West Bank, I think that’s a legal issue. I don’t think he will have a problem with that, but he would expect Israel to continue seeking peace. He has no doubt that Israel wants peace,” Friedman said.
He believes Trump will likely visit Israel after the Republican convention on July 19-21 and said Israel is a “desired destination” during Trump’s campaign. Friedman also revealed that he has met with representatives of the Israel government in Jerusalem but refused to go into detail about these contacts.