In my column Donald J. Trump and the Death of the Two-State Solution I wrote:
President Obama has set the stage for President-elect Donald J. Trump to pivot away from a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians to a one-state solution policy.
Given the reality on the ground and the failure since 1967 to negotiate a two-state solution President-elect Trump has a historic opportunity to reverse U.S. policy in the Middle East, starting with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
It now appears that the Trump transition team is pivoting. There is a growing belief that the two-state solution is a failed policy based upon wishful thinking, not reality.
World Israel News reports:
Trump’s team is reportedly in contact with the Palestinians but has set a new tone regarding negotiations with Israel.
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Israel Radio, in a report on Tuesday, quoted sources within Trump’s team and among Palestinian Authority officials who affirmed that the contacts were taking place.
In the report, an unnamed “senior official” working for Trump is said to have asked a senior Palestinian official why they would object to moving the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to western Jerusalem.
The official replied that there should be a parallel move, that Washington should establish a US embassy for “Palestine” in eastern Jerusalem and one for Israel in the west side of the city.
The Palestinians envision the eastern side of Israel’s capital as its own. Moving the embassy to Jerusalem would be the final death blow to the failed peace negotiations, the Palestinians have threatened.
The Trump official reported replied that “there is no Palestine, and Jerusalem is not your capital. If you stop the incitement to terror, put in place full economic transparency, stop acting unilaterally at UN bodies and accept a US embassy in west Jerusalem, we (the US) would consider a US diplomatic mission in Ramallah and call upon the Israelis to enter into serious negotiations with you on a long-term relationship.”
The Palestinians are never going to recognize the state of Israel, nor will they come to the negotiating table so long as they believe they can get what they want by going to the United Nations, bypassing Israel and the United States.
We agree that moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem will be the final death blow to decades of a failed two state solution. It was an illusion when first introduced and is an illusion today. Time for Israel to formally annex Judea and Samara, offer those Palestinians the option of signing a pledge and become citizens of the state of Israel. If they refuse then they must be deported to a country of their choosing.
Peace in the Middle East is at hand. We expect a President Trump will be the one to make it happen.
The two-state solution is dead. Long live the one-state solution.
EDITORS NOTE: 2017 is an important year for Lovers of Israel. It is 100 years since the Balfour Declaration which was described by Chaim Weizmann as the Magna Carta of the Jewish State. It is 100 years since the Liberation of Jerusalem by General Allenby. It is 100 years since the last great cavalry charge in military history when hundreds of Australians and New Zealanders won a resounding victory by heroically charging the Turkish troops at the Battle of Beer Sheba. It is a hundred years since thousands of Allied soldiers drove out the Ottoman Turks from the Holy Land opening the way to re-establishing the Jewish State in the Land of Israel.