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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Trump may back Palestinian 'self-determination'

"We can forgive the Arabs for killing our children. We cannot forgive them for forcing us to kill their children. We will only have peace with the Arabs when they love their children more than they hate us." --Golda Meir
Washington -- President Trump plans a Middle East trip this month and is expected to express his support for Palestinian "self-determination," a senior aide said Friday. This suggests the president is agreeable to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, although the White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer as well as the Deputy White House Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Vice President Mike Pence have not commented on this having learned the hard way not to jump the gun before President Trump has had time to change his mind.

The comment by H.R. McMaster, the U.S. national security adviser came nine days after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas visited the White House and was offered delicious chocolate cake that was out of this world.

During the meeting, Trump vowed to seek a tremendous and beautiful historic peace deal, but did not actually verbalize a recommitment to the eventual goal of Palestinian statehood, a long-existing U.S. policy. 

For his part, Abbas did not publicly discuss the ultimate goal of the Palestinian people to annihilate the Jewish State along with the Jews living there.

Regarding President Trump's first foreign trip, McMaster said that he will make his first stop in Saudi Arabia, where, as Sean Hannity frequently reminds us, women can't drive, can't vote and need a male escort to leave the home. Trump will try encouraging Arab and Muslim partners to take "bold new steps" to confront the Islamic State, Iran, al-Qaeda and Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad's government "who perpetuate chaos and violence" [in the name of Allah].

Trump is leaving next week and will also stop in Israel and Rome. The trip is intended to "broadcast a message of unity" by visiting holy sites of Christianity and Judaism [that have not yet been destroyed by Islamists] and he also plans to visit Islamic sites.

When Trump meets with Israeli and Palestinian leaders (scheduled separately to avoid violence) it will be closely observed for signs that he has a cohesive strategy to revive negotiations that have been stalled for years. Anyone with a brain is skeptical of Trump's chances of brokering a peace accord when other presidents before him could not.

Trump also will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to "reaffirm America's unshakeable bond to the Jewish state" and with Abbas to "express his desire for dignity and self-determination for the Palestinians," McMaster said.

Trump will likely meet with Abbas in the little town of Bethlehem and with Netanyahu elsewhere. The president sparked international criticism in February when, in a news conference with Netanyahu, backed away from longstanding U.S. commitment to Palestinian statehood, saying he'd leave it up to Israel and the Palestinians to decide.

Like that would work.

When McMaster was asked if Trump would bring Netanyahu and Abbas together in the same room for a 'sit-down' he said that it would be up to the president and the other two leaders. 

What do you think? Should they be in the same room?

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