It is an extraordinary fact that all three US representatives present at a meeting with PM Netanyahu this week are Jewish. Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and personal representative, Jason Greenblatt, Trump’s peace negotiator, and David Friedman the US Ambassador to Israel. If they can’t come up with a plan that is acceptable to Israel no-one can.
But, what is the current plan emanating from the Trump Administration in Washington. It is the same as the Obama plan, pressure Israel to stop construction on the West Bank (Judea and Samaria) in order to placate the Palestinians and get them to agree to negotiate with Israel. In other words, Israel has to make pre-concessions just in order to get them to agree to negotiate. Have they learned nothing? If you have to get tough with Israel to start negotiations, what about getting tough with the Palestinians?
At the same time, the PA President Mahmud Abbas is stoking the flames of war by cutting the payments for electricity from Israel to the Gaza Strip controlled by Hamas. Hamas receives m$20 pa from Iran, that is dedicated to the destruction of Israel thru war. However, they don’t use this and other funds from Qatar for paying for electricity from Israel, they want to get it free and they don’t care if the Gazans suffer without light and heat. By refusing to pay for the electricity, Abbas is risking a reaction from Hamas, but it will be against Israel, as Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman warned this week.
The prospects for any kind of peace process are almost nil. Abbas can offer nothing and can deliver nothing. The Palestinians are irretrievably split between the secular Fatah/ PLO and the Islamist Hamas. Apparently the meeting between the US representatives and Abbas became heated again and tense and the latest reports suggest that there may be a change in Trump’s position. Could it be that at last there will a US President who will tell the truth about the Palestinians, that they are intransigent, they support terrorism and they have no intention of ever recognizing Israel.