Israel Splits With US on President’s UN Speech

Source: Timothy A. Clary

Recently, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu voiced his displeasure with President Trump’s solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Prior to that, President Trump voiced his solution during the United Nations General Assembly conference. The solution that Trump had proposed was the two-state solution, which envisions an independent State of Palestine alongside the State of Israel, west of the Jordan River.  

Netanyahu believes that any solution to the conflict between Israel and Palestine must involve Israel having complete control over security for the region. This is best seen in the quote, “My view of a potential agreement is that the Palestinians have all the powers to govern themselves…The key power that must, must not be in their hands is the question of security. … I don’t want them either as citizens of Israel or subjects of Israel.” Therefore, what Netanyahu is asserting is that Palestine can maintain most of the power of sovereignty excluding  the power of security. The reason is that he wants Israel to wield that ability for the region that the two states share. Likewise, he has stated that Palestine would be given the ability to have its own government and tax its own citizens, but it would not have power over its security.  

When President Trump voiced this statement last week it was the first time he had overtly voiced his attitude on the issue of whether or not Palestine should have its own state. Likewise, when Trump voiced this stance the Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas responded positively stating that “the path to peace requires a two-state solution.” 

However, Netanyahu has made it extremely clear to both the current Trump Administration and former US president administrations that Israel does not support the two-state solution between Israel and Palestine. Yet, Netanyahu also voiced that the Israel-United States of America bond is still an extremely powerful and strong bond. Moreover, besides stating the status of the US-Israel relation, Netanyahu also believes that his close friendship with President Trump is a danger to the greater relation of the two countries.  

To demonstrate that Netanyahu’s claim that the US-Israel relationship is still strong he has recently voiced his praise for Trump by stating that Trump has shown great service to the common security of both [ the US and Israel] because of his position on the Iran Nuclear Deal as well as stating that the United States would stop all funding to both the U.N. Relief and Works Agency in Palestine. However, this agency aids in the funding of schools and clinics in the area of the West Bank as well as Gaza for a projected five million plus Palestinian refugees.  

Netanyahu also voiced that he and Israel believe that both political parties in the United States, the Republicans as well as the Democrats and their respected leaders, in the legislatures understand the dedication that they show to the ideas and believes of an open and free democracy, which is also robust in those areas. Finally, Netanyahu also voiced that he and his fellow Israelis fully support and back America’s support.