Israel, Middle East Sep 26, 2018

Trump endorses separate Palestinian state as goal of Mideast peace talks

Trump and Netanyahu - Middle East Peace Plan
President Trump hopes to release his Middle East peace plan within two to four months and conclude a deal between Israel and the Palestinians, if one can be made, during his first term in office, he said Wednesday.

Sitting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Trump said he prefers an outcome that would give Palestinians a separate state. That is the most specific he has been about what he wants to help negotiate.

“I like two-state solution,” Trump said. “That’s what I think works best.”

A separate Palestinian state alongside Israel has been the stated goal of U.S. peacemaking efforts for two decades, but the Trump administration had until now declined to endorse it.

“I really believe something will happen. It is a dream of mine to be able to get that done before the end of my first term,” Trump said before he and Netanyahu met on the sidelines of the annual U.N. General Assembly.

Trump put the Israeli leader on the spot by saying that his decision last year to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to contested Jerusalem must be reciprocated by Israeli concessions to the Palestinians.

“Israel will have to do something that will be good for the other side,” Trump said.

He called the Jerusalem embassy move “probably the biggest chip” on the negotiating table. By removing it, Trump said, he had cleared the way for talks without one of the major obstacles that have sunk past peace efforts. He did not say how he wants Jerusalem’s status to be resolved, and he did not mention the Palestinian demand that a future state have its capital in East Jerusalem.

Trump said the plan will probably be released in “two, three, four months.”

That timeline — beginning after the November midterm election — is also more specific than Trump’s advisers have been about the next steps for a package deal that has been largely complete for months.

The secret plan, headed by Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and adviser, is expected to address all the major issues in the seven-decade-old conflict. Trump said it will contain ideas that have not been tried before.

Trump predicted that the Palestinians will “100 percent” come to the bargaining table and said both sides want a deal.

Palestinian leaders have boycotted the Trump administration since December, when the president announced that the United States would now consider Jerusalem the capital of Israel.

The Trump administration said the announcement does not prejudge Palestinian claims to East Jerusalem or address the status of holy sites, but Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said the move proved that Trump cannot be trusted to broker a fair deal.

Trump said he would like the agreement to be “solidly understood by both sides and semi-agreed to by both sides” before formal negotiations begin.

Netanyahu thanked Trump for the embassy move, saying, “You changed history and you touched our hearts.”

The U.S. Embassy had been in Tel Aviv, about an hour’s drive away, so as not to show favoritism to either side.

Source: MSN

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According to scripture, the land rightfully belongs to Israel. However, a peace agreement is still going to be made and accepted between these nations at some point in the future. Tensions will escalate; war and destruction in the Middle East is sure to follow. There won't be a lasting peace solution until the King of Kings returns to judge the world.
Oct 04, 2018

I read the prophecy of Ezekiel, and I do not find there any "state of Palestine" within the borders of Israel. Moreover, in the prophecy of Ezekiel there is no state of Lebanon: the entire territory of present-day Lebanon must be the territory of Israel. Also, part of the coast of Syria, and part of the coast of Egypt to Wadi Al Arish - all this should belong to Israel. I see no peaceful way to convince so many of the population of Gaza, Egypt, Lebanon and Syria to leave such vast territories.

Therefore, it seems to me that a big regional war in the Middle East is much more real than any peace plans.
Oct 03, 2018

There are people who are upset about this possibly dividing the land of Israel. I believe Daniel's 7 year peace covenant (possibly this deal) will happen but only when Israel compromises their position.
Sep 27, 2018

The end times are moving ahead in full steam The Bible predicted that a peace plan would be created to last for 7 years and be broken in the middle at 3 1/2 years. This could be the beginning of this deal. It's obvious that Palestine will only accept a 2 state solution so the other party must compromise and accept an alternate agreement. Israel is the only state willing to compromise in this situation and Trump knows it. He understands what needs to be done to convince Netanyahu to accept the "deal of the century".
Sep 26, 2018