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An overdue confession

Feb 13,2018 - Last updated at Feb 13,2018

President Donald Trump has at last recognised that Israel's settlement policy is a significant impediment to peace between Israel and the Palestinians. During a rare interview with Israeli Hayom daily newspaper, published on Sunday, Trump has finally conceded that Israeli policies have a lot to do with the failure of the peace efforts.

While Trump told the editor-in-chief of the Israeli newspaper that "Palestinians are not looking to make peace", he said that he was not sure Israel was either! When asked when the US would unveil the long-awaited peace plan for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Trump confessed that he was "not necessarily sure that Israel is looking to make peace" either.

The US president added that "we are just going to have to see what happens", implying that his peace initiative has not been officially formulated until the dust settles on Israel's policies and its practices rectified.

On the settlements issue in particular, Trump had a lot to say in very direct and specific terms when he told the Israeli newspaper that "the settlements are something that very much complicates and always have complicated making peace, so I think Israel has to be very careful with the settlements".

As a matter of fact, in February last year, Trump said in an interview with the same newspaper that "every time you take land for a settlement, less territory remains", adding that he does not believe that "going forward with the settlements is a good thing for peace".

Now, Trump has spoken in clear terms that as long as Israel pursues with its settlement activities, there will be less room left for securing peace. Israel may have been caught by surprise when Trump said that Israel is actually blocking peace efforts.

 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in particular, must now be wary of Trump's warnings and should act accordingly.

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LET ME ADDRESS WHAT RAFIQ HAS SAID. YES PRESIDENT OBAMA EXTENDED OUR TRADITION TO OUR FRIENDS AND ALLIES AS HE SHOULD BUT NEVER GENERATED ANY CONTROVERSES OR COMPROMISED OUR WELL ESTABLISHED POLICIES OR TOLORATED ANY FORM OF RHETORIC OR BELLICOSE TALK. DURING OBAMA'S PRESIDENCY, HE WAS FIRM, HONEST AND CONSISTENT IN GOING AGAINST ANY FORM OF VIOLENCE NO MATTER WHERE IT COMES FROM. WHILE PRESIDENT OBAMA WAS VERY GENEROUS TO OUR FRIENDS IN ISRAEL, HE DID DISAGREE WITH THE PRIME MINISTER OPENLY ABOUT OCCUPATION, ANEXATION AND ANY FORM OF POLICY THAT WILL NOT BE HELPFUL FOR BOTH ISRAEL AND USA. I AM NOT SURE WHAT RAFIQ IS TRYING TO INDICATE BECAUSE THE BEST FRIENDS ARE THOSE WHO THOSE WHO OFFER GOOD HELPING HANDS BUT ALSO MAKE IT CLEAR THATINJUSTICES WILL NOT BE TOLORATED AT ANY LEVEL. DO YOU WANT FRIENDS THAT GIVE LITTLE OR NOTHING BUT STIRS THE POT OF CONFRONTATIONS?.

President Obama was not particularly friendly with Netanyahu and still gave him the biggest military aid budget of any Presidents. In the same way Trump's 'threats' are totally insignificant. Israel still does what they want to do and the USA still let them ...

SORRY TO STATE THAT IN THE SAID INTERVIEW, PRESIDENT TRUMP DID NOT CONCEDE ANYTHING IF YOU READ THE SAID ARTICLE IN DETAIL, LINE BY LINE. EVEN IF YOU INTERPRETE IT AS SO, LISTEN TO ALL THAT HE HAS SAID BARELY 24 HOURS AFTER THAT. IF YOU ADD ONE TO ONE AND SUBTRACT THTEE FROM IT, YOU NOT ONLY ZIG ZAG PASS ZERO BUT DOWN TO NEGATIVE TWO.
I AM NOT SURE WHERE THIS ANOLOGY IS COMMING FROM. IT MUST BE EITHER A FACE SAVING WAY FOR THE ARAB LEADERS OR ANOTHER " CONFEFE ".

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