Dershowitz says Trump ‘clearly’ endorsed Palestinian state
After meeting earlier this month, Jewish lawyer says US president ‘anxious to make a deal,’ is surprisingly knowledgeable about complexities of conflict
ed note–no, this is not an ‘act’ or a ruse. As we say here often, even the most dirty, low down prostitute–and clearly this is the role that the US has played when it comes to Israel and organized Zionist interests in general–has a limit as to how far she is willing to go in pleasing her client, and no matter how much money she is given and no matter what threats are leveled at her, the one thing she won’t do is to put a loaded gun in her mouth and pull the trigger.
This is where the United States is right new. She has given Israel everything that has been demanded of her, but now, the saner elements operating within the US power elite realize that the last ‘trick’ that America is being asked (demanded) to perform is to put a loaded gun in her mouth and to pull the trigger, and she is not willing to do it.
And, as we say here often, Netanyahu & co need to be very careful as to how far they are willing to go in pushing Israel’s favorite prostitute these days, because she–America–may very well take that gun into her hands in the pretenses of preparing to perform the next trick that her client is demanding, but then turn that gun on her client, blow HIS brains out, take his wallet and then scurry out of the hotel room.
Times of Israel
Prominent US lawyer Alan Dershowitz said in an interview Thursday that President Donald Trump spoke to him “clearly” about a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, suggesting a shift in Trump’s stance.
Trump broke with longtime US policy last month when he withheld clear support for an independent Palestine, saying he could endorse a one-nation solution to the conflict. “I’m looking at two-state and one-state, and I like the one that both parties like,” Trump said in a February press conference at the White House with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
But Dershowitz, who is Jewish and close to Netanyahu, told Army Radio that he discussed the matter with Trump during a meeting on March 18, and that Trump endorsed two states in their conversation.
“Clearly he was talking about a two-state solution. He was not in any way suggesting, at least in his conversation with me, a one-state solution,” Dershowitz said. He said Trump is “anxious to convey the message that he really wanted to have a peace agreement” and believes that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas “is anxious to make a deal,” Dershowitz said.
Nabil Shaath, Abbas’ foreign affairs adviser, confirmed that Abbas is “anxious” to reach a peace agreement with Israel and said it was “important” that Trump reportedly lent his support to the two-state solution.
Netanyahu’s bureau and Israel’s Foreign Ministry declined comment on Dershowitz’s interview.
For nearly a half-century, Israel has maintained a military presence in the West Bank, land Palestinians want for an independent state. Over the past two decades, the international community has overwhelmingly backed the idea of a two-state solution as the best way of reaching peace in the region.
But Trump’s campaign platform made no mention of a Palestinian state, and his appointed ambassador to Israel has expressed skepticism about a two-state solution in the past. Trump’s inner circle includes aides with ties to the West Bank settler movement, many of whose members object to the creation of an independent Palestine.
Netanyahu has not formally abandoned his stated support for the two-state solution, but has stopped mentioning it in his speeches since Trump was elected. Instead, he has made vague statements about seeking a region-wide peace agreement.
Dershowitz said he was “pleasantly surprised” by Trump’s knowledge of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, saying Trump spoke to him about the main issues that would need to be solved in a two-state approach: competing claims to Jerusalem, security concerns, demilitarization of a Palestinian state, and Palestinian refugees’ demands to return to land they fled or were expelled from during the 1948 Arab-Israeli war that led to Israel’s independence.
The White House has been holding intensive talks with Israel in recent weeks about an agreement concerning Israel’s future settlement building policy, but the sides have not come to an agreement yet.
Netanyahu said reaching an understanding with Washington on the settlements would be “good for Israel.” But he has also pledged to honor a promise to build a new settlement to replace Amona, an illegal settlement outpost built on private Palestinian land that was dismantled following an Israeli Supreme Court ruling.
“I promised from the beginning that we would create a new settlement,” Netanyahu said Thursday. “I believe I gave the first commitment in December and we will fulfill (the commitments) today. There are a few more hours and you will know all of the details later.”
Netanyahu will convene his Security Cabinet late Thursday and is expected to hold a vote to approve a replacement settlement in the West Bank.
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