Another opportunity to miss an opportunity

Here’s something different: Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Qatar, UAE welcome Trump peace plan. I doubt it would ever have been put on the table if it had not already been pre-approved. As for the Palestinian leadership, they have never sought peace so something will have to change. The Western media will also likely remain negative, if for no other reason than the plan has come from Donald Trump. As for the Democrats, they never have a foreign policy that is not a domestic policy aimed at winning votes. The details are via Powerline.

Borders: Trump’s plan features a map of what Israel’s new borders will be, should it enact the plan fully. Israel will retain 20% of the West Bank and will lose a small amount of land in the Negev near the Gaza-Egypt border. The Palestinians will have a pathway to a state in the vast majority of territory in the West Bank, while Israel will maintain control of all borders.

This is the first time an American peace plan has included a map.

Jerusalem: The Palestinians will have a capital in east Jerusalem based on northern and eastern neighborhoods that are outside the Israeli security barrier – Kafr Akab, Abu Dis and half of Shuafat. Otherwise, Trump said Jerusalem will remain undivided as Israel’s capital.

In addition:

Settlements: Israel will retain the Jordan Valley and all Israeli settlements in the West Bank in the broadest definition possible, meaning not the municipal borders of each settlement but their security perimeters. This also includes 15 isolated settlements, which will be enclaves within an eventual Palestinian state. Within those settlements Israel will not be able to build for the next four years.

Security: Israel will be in control of security from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea. The IDF will not have to leave the West Bank. No change to Israel’s approach to Judea and Samaria would be needed.

Palestinian state: The plan does not include immediate recognition of a Palestinian state; rather, it expects a willingness on Israel’s part to create a pathway toward Palestinian statehood based on specific territory, which is about 70% of Judea and Samaria, including areas A and B and parts of Area C. The state will only come into existence in four years if the Palestinians accept the plan, if the Palestinian Authority stops paying terrorists and inciting terrorism and if Hamas and Islamic Jihad put down their weapons. In addition, the American plan calls on the Palestinians to give up corruption, respect human rights, freedom of religion and a free press, so that they don’t have a failed state. If those conditions are met, the US will recognize a Palestinian state and implement a massive economic plan to assist it.

Forty years in the desert is long enough

Pompeo overturns four decades of American policy on Israel.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo­ has reversed four decade­s of American policy and further under­mined Palestinians’ effort to gain statehood.

Pompeo has repudiated the 1978 State Department legal opinion that held that civilian settlements in the occupied or disputed territories were “inconsistent with international law”.

Israeli leaders welcomed the decision, while Palestinians and other nations warned that it undercut any chance of a broader peace deal.

This has been going on since 1978 and they think this will inhibit reaching a peace agreement. Diplomacy is the theatre of the absurd.

“Saudi Arabia’s number one priority is peace between Israelis and Arabs”

The more I look at it, the more I am beginning to like this Obama fellow. Everything he tries to do he screws up, such as his attempt to bring on a Muslim Brotherhood government in Egypt or to wreck Israel on behalf of its enemies. So where are we now, incompetent fool that he is: The Saudis Team Up With Israel. It’s an amazing story, and entirely plausible, with this the best part. But in reading the small bit below, you have to know that “Eshki” is retired Saudi general Anwar Majed Eshki who is conducting talks with Israel on behalf of Saudi Arabia. Now proceed.

But take a look at the other points Eshki made.

He says Saudi Arabia’s number one priority is peace between Israelis and Arabs. Read that sentence again and let it sink in. Saudi Arabia’s number one priority is peace between Israelis and Arabs. Not between Israelis and Palestinians, but between Israel and the entire Arab world.

It’s awful, however, the damage that Obama has done to his own country, where they will soon start to build fences, not along the Mexican border but inside their own cities. But for the rest of us, he may end up being the un-Wilson. American isolationism may have its good points as well. But if America is to withdraw from the world, we need to bring back the British Empire while there’s still time.