Israeli Minister: Era of Palestinian State is over, w/ Trump Victory

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli and Palestinian authorities reacted on Sunday to the victory of Donald Trump in the American presidential elections, with one Israeli minister expressing his hopes that Trump’s nomination would spell the end of efforts to establish a two-state solution.

As of Wednesday evening, Republican candidate Trump won 289 of 538 electoral votes, while his Democrat opponent Hillary Clinton cinched 218, in a landslide victory which came as a surprise to many observers.

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Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu congratulated Trump on his win, calling him “a true friend of the State of Israel” in a statement.

“The ironclad bond between the United States and Israel is rooted in shared values, buttressed by shared interests and driven by a shared destiny,” Netanyahu added. “I am confident that President-elect Trump and I will continue to strengthen the unique alliance between our two countries and bring it to ever greater heights.”

Meanwhile, Israeli Minister of Education Naftali Bennett said in a statement that a Trump presidency would mark the end of a push for the establishment of an independent Palestinian state.

“Trump’s victory is an opportunity for Israel to immediately retract the notion of a Palestinian state in the center of the country (Israel), which would hurt our security and just cause,” Bennett said. “This is the position of the President-elect, as written in his platform, and it should be our policy, plain and simple. The era of a Palestinian state is over.”

Palestinian officials reacted with less outward enthusiasm.

Ahead of the results, Nabil Abu Rudeineh, the spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, said that the Palestinian Authority (PA) would “deal with any president elected by the American people on the principle of achieving permanent peace in the Middle East based on the two-state solution on the June 4, 1967 lines with East Jerusalem as its capital.”

Following the results, Abbas sent Trump a message congratulating him on his victory, and expressed his hopes for “just and comprehensive peace” in the Middle East and the world during Trump’s four-year term, official PA news agency Wafa reported.

In the besieged Gaza Strip, de facto ruling party Hamas called upon Trump to “re-evaluate his country’s policy towards Palestinians” and to work on treating Palestinians evenhandedly.

The Hamas movement said in a statement that the suffering of the Palestinian people was ongoing due to continuous American policies favoring Israel.

via Ma’an News Agency

5 Responses

  1. “The ironclad bond between the United States and Israel is rooted in shared values, buttressed by shared interests and driven by a shared destiny,” Netanyahu added. “I am confident that President-elect Trump and I will continue to strengthen the unique alliance between our two countries and bring it to ever greater heights.”

    No surprises there.

  2. A one-state solution creates one of two results. First, if all occupants of this one state are given equal rights, it will soon become a majority Arab state. Secondly, if all of the occupants are not given equal rights, it will create an apartheid state. A two-state solution where the Palestinian state contains pockets of non-contiguous areas is not viable for either the Palestinians or the Israelis. A two-state solution with Palestinian areas that are contiguous is the other option.
    Those are the only options that I can come up with without ethnic cleansing.

    • The Israelis, with the tremendous help of the USA, have successfully eliminated any possibility of a Palestinian state. Now Israel will have to figure out what to do with millions of unwanted non-Jewish humans currently living within their defacto borders with Lebanon, what is left of Syria, Jordan and Egypt.

      Since, as you noted, giving rights to the non-Jewish would dilute the power of the Jewish residents, there is almost ZERO chance of that happening. Humans just do not share power without a gun to their head and no one is going to force the Israelis to share power, especially not the USA.

      That leaves only one ugly option – ethnic cleansing. Over time, Israel will find creative ways to force the Palestinians to leave Israel and become stateless humans. Stateless because no nation on earth, especially a deeply racist country like the USA would take any of the Palestinians.

      This ethnic cleansing is going to create a massive time-bomb for Israel that could eventually lead to the destruction of Israel. The Israelis think they are being so cute with their double-speak and slow ethnic cleansing, but it will come back to bite them over time.

      This is going to get UGLY and the USA will probably regret helping Israel. On the other hand, with all the nativism building in the USA, the USA just may throw Israel overboard.

      • I used to think that Israel’s comeuppance might come at the hands of an Arab world, sick of monarchs funding jihadis, turning to the Russia-Iran axis, but Trump’s relationship with Putin and Israel complicates that. It’s worth it for Putin to avoid a fight with Trump there so as to reward him for the more strategically important goal of castrating NATO in wealthy, relevant Europe.

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