Trump: Both Israelis and Palestinians Will Have to Give Something Up for Peace
Israel, already weary of making concessions, fears Trump might extract a new price for recent pro-Israel moves
The Trump Administration is still not revealing the details of its long-awaited Middle East peace plan, but did say on Wednesday that neither Israel nor the Palestinians would be "fully pleased" with the proposal.
"No one will be fully pleased with our proposal, but that’s the way it must be if real peace is to be achieved," read a statement tweeted by Jason Greenblatt, who is Trump's special Middle East envoy.
"Peace can only succeed if it is based on realities," Greenblatt's tweet continued.
The statement was also endorsed by US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, and White House Adviser Jared Kushner.
— Jason D. Greenblatt (@jdgreenblatt45) August 15, 2018
All four senior US officials are noted for their pro-Israel positions, so many expect that the concessions required of Israel (which has already made numerous concessions over the past two decades) won't be too severe. Others fear that having already acquiesced to several major Israeli demands, such as reinstating sanctions against Iran and moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem, Trump might now, indeed, insist on painful Israeli concessions in return.
What most do agree on is that whatever the particulars of the plan, it is unlikely to get off the ground considering that the Palestinian Authority (PA) has pre-rejected any proposal put forward by Trump. And if the PA does sign on, Trump won't tolerate violations of the agreement, in contrast to past presidents, who routinely overlooked Palestinian transgressions.
PHOTO: The Palestinians have already determined that the Trump Administration is not a viable peace broker. (Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90)