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U.S Embasy Move & Conceptual Palestine Solution

Reader comment on item: Interview: U.S. Embassy Move May Bring Regrets

Submitted by Rich McMahon (United States), Jun 15, 2018 at 18:02

Good analysis, I agree with most of it. Left unsaid was recognition of Trump's long friendship with Netanyahu and strong affinity toward Israel. (Doesn't hurt that Ivanka & Jared were likely pushing for it.)

Also, Trump and his advisors are smart enough to know that Israel's hands are tied with respect to accepting a two-state solution, as long as Palestine leadership and many citizens are adamant that Israel be wiped off the face of the earth. Netanyahu has made this salient point repeatedly and it is hard to argue against.

For this and other reasons I don't see how a two-state solution, as proposed, could ever work. Israel needs a substantial buffer between themselves and an chronically untrustworthy occupying culture. Why not consider carving out a chunk of territory in what is now Jordan (or even Syria) for a Palestine State.? Of course, contributing countries would need to be richly paid for selling even sparsely populated land (and for transition costs), but if such an approach promises to solve this vexing world problem, I believe many nations (incl. Saudi Arabia) could be persuaded to pony up, bigly.


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