The proposed Middle East Conference by President Donald Trump appears to be an expansive version of the failed Madrid Conference, except that Trump wishes to satisfy Israel’s needs. One would hope that he understands that a two-state solution previously designated as “land for peace” attempted ad infinitum failed because it was the same yenta in charge on each occasion.
Otherwise, it will be an invitation to a beheading for Israel. Trump will need to pattern his approach on his Syrian success as opposed to his Obamacare failure. With committed Orthodox Jews David Friedman, Jason Greenblatt, and Jared Kushner at the helm, as opposed to the usual State Department Jewish leftists, there is reason for optimism, despite the odds.
By way of encouragement, they should make use of previously expressed Arab positions. In an interview decades ago with Dutch newspaper Zuheir Mohsen, a senior member of the PLO, stated, “There are no differences between Jordanians, Syrians, and Lebanese. We are all part of one people, the Arab nation — only for political reasons we carefully underwrite our Palestinian identity.”
MK Amnon Rubinstein of the far-left Meretz party, when serving as minister of education, said, “Of all Palestinian lies there is no lie greater or more crushing than that which calls for the establishment of a separate Palestinian state in the West Bank.”
Recall Yasser Arafat’s Phased Plan and the clever move to rename the Arab-Israel conflict the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, thus transforming little Israel’s David into a giant Goliath.
To this day, Mahmoud Abbas has not curbed the education of his youth in their hatred of Israel. Nor can one forget the lesson of Ariel Sharon’s disengagement from Gaza with a resultant Hamas enemy on its borders. Nor Moshe Arens’s wisdom in recognizing that the proposed two-state solution is essentially three Palestinian states, without Jews — East Palestine (Jordan), West Palestine (Judea and Samaria), and South Palestine (the Gaza Strip). Bottom line : four states for two people, three without Jews, and one whose population is 20 percent Arab.