President Trump has repeatedly talked about his desire to find the "Deal of the Century" to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. While the President's concrete plan remains a top secret, he and some associates occasionally drop clues. After all, what you can say does not sound good.
The first subject of Mr. Trump's remarks is neutrality towards Israel and the Palestinians. He had already expressed in December 2015 when he insisted that both sides "make sacrifices" to achieve peace, and he has since made many similar comments. Mr. Trump does not seem to remember that Israel has made repeated concessions since 1993, including land moving and permission from a Palestinian police force, only to face increased Palestinian intransigence and violence. The subject of Mr. Trump's comments in December 201
In the same month, Mr. Trump announced that he would relocate the US Embassy to Jerusalem, but this was no gift to the Jewish state. "Israel will pay for it," Trump declared publicly, saying that Israel would have paid more than the Palestinians in a future affair.
In February 2018, Trump returned to equivalency: "Both Pages must make tough compromises, "he said, and while" the Palestinians are not seeking peace … I'm not necessarily sure that Israel wants peace. "
Then in August 2018, Trump said," Israel is negotiating have to pay a higher price because they have won a very big deal, "move a message to the embassy, but the Palestinians will" get something very good because they're next In September, Trump continued to emphasize this point to France's President Emmanuel Macron, according to Israel's Channel 10: "I can crack down on Netanyahu over the peace plan, just as I had to deal with the Palestinians. "When Mr. Macron suggested that the Israeli Prime Minister would prefer the status quo to a peace agreement, Mr. Trump replied," I'm about to reach the same conclusion. "
Significantly, Mr. Trump made stern US action against the Palestinian Authority, such as reducing its funding, not as pro-Israel steps, but as pressure on the Palestinians to negotiate: Palestinians, because they not talking to us, "he told Macron. Presumably these steps would be reversed as soon as Mr. Abbas or a successor comes to the table, which seems inevitable given the Palestinians' high profits.
Jason Greenblatt, Trump's Special Envoy for International Negotiations, returned to neutrality in October 2018, announcing that the deal "will be strongly aligned with Israeli security needs, but we also want to be fair to the Palestinians." Page will find things in this plan that they do not like, "he said.
Nikki Haley, the then United States Ambassador to the United Nations, referred to the pro-Palestinian inclination in December 2018 and noted that" both […]. […] The drumming of the comments – about neutrality, the suspicion of Netanyahu and the expectation that Israel will make major concessions – signals a potential crisis in relations between the US and Israel, which was perhaps the most violent since 1975, when Gerald Ford began his "revaluation," or perhaps even in 1957, when Dwight Eisenhower forced Israel to evacuate the Sinai Peninsula.
Reject the US plan could give full credit to Mr. Trump's anger, as he has recently shown with Turkey, the president, whom When he is dissatisfied, he radically changes relations. On December 14, 2018, he changed from a warm and trusting conversation with the Turkish president to a threat to "economically destroy" Turkey on January 13. Likewise, Trump's ambassador to Israel might call him "the most pro-Israel president of all time," but he could become Israel's main challenger if his leaders annoy him. If that were the case, the Palestinians would receive great benefits for Mr. Trump's favor.
So far, government evidence has aroused minimal concern in the American pro-Israel community, which is indebted to Mr. Trump but incorrectly trusted as their own. But a plan so hostile to Israel as that of Mr. Trump seems to be of great importance not only for the Jewish state, but also for the re-election of Mr. Trump. Therefore, both Americans supporting Israel and Republicans hoping for the re-election of the president must both protest and hinder the prospect of this failed "deal of the century."
Pipes is President of the Middle East Forum.