Call me skeptical here considering how many Presidents and world leaders have worked toward the goal of an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal and failed. The differences here may be too great to overcome with an agreement on paper. After all, consider how war-torn the Middle East has been for centuries. Still though, at least the President is giving it a try.

Report from NBC News:

President Donald Trump said his visit here has shown him that Israelis and Palestinians are “ready for peace” as he reaffirmed the United States’ support for one of its top allies during a speech with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday.

Trump told the Israeli crowd that his meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and his conversations with Netanyahu, left him certain that the elusive deal is within reach.

“The Palestinians are ready to reach for peace. I know you’ve heard it before — I am telling you, that’s what I do,” Trump said during remarks at the Israel Museum.

As usual with this sort of thing, the “devil” is in the details. What does “peace” mean to the Palestinians compared to what it means to Israel? Furthermore, there are no real concrete proposals or discussions happening, it’s just been President Trump who met with both sides now believing that there is some agreement to be made.

He’s saying the right lines trying to bring the various factions of the region together:

“People of all faiths are free to live and worship according to their conscience. And to follow their dreams, right here. Today, gathered with friends, I call upon all people, Jews, Christians, Muslims and every faith, every tribe, every creed to draw inspiration from this ancient city to set aside our sectarian differences,” Trump said.

Easier said than done. It’s not that I want to be the wet blanket here on what has been a positive trip so far for the President. He’s generally earning high marks for representing the United States’ interests and articulating his vision for the world in clear terms.

The irony here is that Trump may be finding it easier to deal with foreign leaders than dealing with leaders in his own party back in Washington when it comes to things like health care or taxes.

The other part of this issue is whether Trump fully grasps the difference between a real estate deal and a deal involving religious beliefs dating back centuries and beyond. Usually it’s said that everyone has a price, and in business dealings, that’s almost always true. That isn’t the case with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It will be interesting to watch this move forward if the President decides to make it a priority or he’s advised to spend his time elsewhere on other matters.

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  1. I’m more optimistic. As I said elsewhere, it took anti-Communist Nixon to open China. Trump’s son-in-law is Jewish, and he’s had anti-Semitic advisors. Presidents in the past have been respectful and rational. That’s not how Trump operates.

    The Palestinians have nothing. They’re basically living in a concentration camp, in which tanks might any day roll over their homes. If they are given real hope of a safe home, they will listen. And if Trump can negotiate with Sunni nations, as he has begun, they could pressure Palestine to accept compromise.

    Meanwhile, the US is the only country in the world that supports Israel, unquestioningly–and often to our own detriment. If Trump’s serious about “America First,” he could easily point out that Israel can’t get along without us–so behave.

    But yes, you’re right, the devil is in the details.

  2. If this works, I support #45 totally in this endeavor. It still doesn’t prove that he’s not mentally ill.

  3. As I have been reading these articles it seems that there are many on the liberal and conservative sides that believe Trump should not talk to any of the sides causing the problems. Does anyone think these problems will solve themselves. If the people in power do not talk to each other nothing will change. The only way to fix these problems is for the individual administrations getting together and talk to each other and find a way to solve the problem they are concerned about. To just sit by and do nothing will accomplish nothing.

    • Actually, just the opposite. Trump has appointed only extreme conservatives to the government, and while he has said he is “considering” a few issues that liberals consider important, all his actions have been hostile toward progressives.

  4. Trump, courtesy of the US Treasury, will give 8 billion a year ($9.8 million per day) to Israel over the next decade. Israel (a rich country in itself) is already the largest recipient of American foreign aid.

    While publicly welcoming Trump’s visit, one can bet that Prime Minister Netanyahu has not forgotten that Israel was the country whose security secrets President Trump revealed to Russian diplomats in the Oval Office.

    The West Bank is nominally controlled by the Palestinian Authority and is under Israeli occupation. This comes in the form of Israeli troops, who enforce Israeli security restrictions on Palestinian movement and activities, and Israeli “settlers,” Jews who build ever-expanding communities in the West Bank that effectively deny the land to Palestinians. In short, Netanyahu believes it is fair game for Israelites to steal the land allotted the Palestinians. And Trump must approve their thievery or he wouldn’t have yelled at Abbas, calling him a liar, in their meeting. If Trump thinks for one second he has settled this long building feud, he is dancing in the dark.

    • Normally I would say that conquered lands during a war are given back to the country from whom they were captured. However, in the case of Israel I would not give them back due to the fact that it puts them closer to attacking Israel which they have already proven they would do. It will be very difficult to create a peace in that area as long as terrorist are allowed to run the country. Palestine has no real leader and that remains a problem.

      • The Palestinians do have a leader. Mahoud Abbas is president of the State of Palestine and Palestine National Authority.
        Former Prime Minister, Menachem Begin, would brag that Zionists had brought terrorism both to the Middle East and At the heart of the conflict is the Palestinians’ desire for an independent state in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem — the land Israel captured or simply took from them.
        In June 1982 the Israeli government, headed by Begin, drove the Palestine forces from Lebanon. The deaths of numerous Palestinian civilians there turned world opinion against Israel.
        In 1938 David Ben-Gurion, first president of Israel, stated that ‘after we become a strong force, as a result of the creation of a state, we shall abolish partition and expand into the whole of Palestine”.
        The U.S. provides Israel $9.8 million in military aid each day, while it gives the Palestinians $0 in military aid.

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