What are Trump's positions regarding the Jewish State and the issues that it faces? What will Netanyahu encounter whe he meets with Trump on Wednesday? Three days before that meeting, an interview with the US President was published by Israel's largest daily paper, Israel Hayom. Based on things Trump said, and would not say, Jerusalem continues to adapt to a fast-moving US president whose support for Israel is in a context that is still coming into focus.
According to Israel's Minister of Defense, a regional settlement is the only way to for Israel to achieve peace with the Palestinians. His suggestion was that the Trump administration take point to establish a broader plan for Middle East peace.
Only days away from swearing in as the 45th president of the United States, Trump is not waiting to jump into international policy matters, including Israel and the nations in its neighborhood.
In addition to being way too long, John Kerry's speech was like a casserole of old ideas smothered in anecdotes and seasoned with patronizing smugness. The Swiss cheese toping was original, however. After surviving an hour and seventeen minutes of sermonizing tedium, Seth Frantzman and Brian Schrauger offer these ten takeaways.
For 24 years both Israel and Palestinian negotiators have been constrained to one model for peace: a two-state solution. As both sides reject this option, and as Donald J. Trump assumes the office of the US Presidency, there is a unique opportunity to consider other solutions, other paradigms for peace.