Published: Thu, March 08, 2018
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

Can Trump bring peace to the Middle East? Maybe

Can Trump bring peace to the Middle East? Maybe

Swirling legal investigations distracting both leaders at home, and a stunning fall from grace for Trump's son-in-law and would-be peace negotiator, Jared Kushner, have added to the mix of politics, personalities and historical grievances that have always hindered Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts.

"I wouldn't have voted for Trump, but I still respect that he's the president", Bloomfield said.

"The issues on the table are particularly profound for both countries, but the order and priorities might be somewhat different", Michael Oren, Israeli deputy minister for diplomacy at the Prime Minister's Office and former ambassador to the US, told reporters ahead of the meeting.

Like Vice President Pence, Netanyahu reminded the audience that Israel and America share common values, and that those values come from the Bible and can be seen inscribed on the many monuments throughout Washington, DC. He said Israel did not seek to govern the Palestinians but that Israel must retain overriding security control of the West Bank, which Palestinians seek for a state, arguing that the Palestinians are not capable of rooting out violence.

Touting the milestone of President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital-along with other policy initiatives-the vice president promised that "the United States of America will never compromise the safety and security of the Jewish State of Israel". Shtayieh complained pointedly about the Trump admnistrtaion's statement that "Jerusalem has been removed from the talks" and due to the intention to move the USA embassy to Israel to the contested city.

The PLO recognised Israel officially in 1993, but Israel has yet to offer formal recognition of Palestine. Trump said "it's something that's very much appreciated in Israel". "We will stop Iran".

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Trump, however, has advanced policies that more robustly reflect Netanyahu's agenda than any prior president.

"I can think of no time where the two countries have had such a deep confluence of interests and goals", Oren said. He gave Netanyahu a warm reception at the White House, perhaps empathizing with his counterpart's plight. "The main thing is that the security control west of the Jordan River remains in our hands, and we can not see anyone else assuming that responsibility".

He said Tehran was seeking to build permanent military bases in Syria - where Iranian-backed forces support president Bashar al-Assad in a civil war - and develop factories there and in Lebanon for precision-guided missiles capable of striking Israel.

"$250,000 versus a billion dollars", the president said, turning to Netanyahu. "This approach is over", he said, accusing the U.S. administration of being part of the problem. As for Trump's long-anticipated peace proposal, Netanyahu said he "did not see a draft" during Monday's meeting.

"We will continue to demand that Israel not be treated like some sort of temporary, provisional entity", Haley said. Since ascending to the presidency, Trump has repeatedly stressed the possibility that Washington could terminate the agreement. And, of course, Netanyahu vowed to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.

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