In a joint news conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday, President Donald Trump went after the Palestinian Authority, declaring that Palestinian hate propaganda against Israel must end for the peace process to really begin.
“The United States will encourage a peace and, really, a great peace deal. We’ll be working on it very, very diligently. Very important to me also — something we want to do,” Trump said in his remarks. “But it is the parties themselves who must directly negotiate such an agreement. We’ll be beside them. We’ll be working with them.”
As for the hurdles, Trump made it clear that the Palestinians would have to change their attitude toward the Israeli people.
“I think the Palestinians have to get rid of some of that hate that they’re taught from a very young age,” Trump said.
“They’re taught tremendous hate. I’ve seen what they’re taught. And you can talk about flexibility there too, but it starts at a very young age and it starts in the school room.”
Check out the news conference here. The segment on Palestinian hate starts about the 18:40 mark.
“They have to acknowledge Israel,” he said. “They’re gonna have to do that. There’s no way a deal can be made if they’re not ready to acknowledge a very, very great and important country.”
For the longest time, liberals have urged us to treat the Israelis and Palestinians as moral equivalents, often favoring the Palestinians. Yet, any objective observer knows that’s not the case — not with Hamas and other organizations spreading hateful propaganda, year after year. This is bound to horrify the left, but Trump was speaking the truth.
Prime Minister Netanyahu, for his part, was very explicit about what it would take for a peace deal with the Palestinian Authority to work.
“I told you what are the conditions that I believe are necessary for an agreement: It’s the recognition of the Jewish state and it’s Israel’s — Israel’s — security control of the entire area,” Netanyahu said. “Otherwise, we’re just fantasizing. Otherwise, we’ll get another failed state, another terrorist Islamist dictatorship that will not work for peace but work to destroy us, but also destroy any hope — any hope — for a peaceful future for our people.”
Netanyahu also said that, “I’ve known the president and I’ve known his family and his team for a long time, and there is no greater supporter of the Jewish people and the Jewish state than President Donald Trump. I think we should put that to rest.”
While there were some things to dislike in Trump’s remarks Wednesday — in particular, his request that Israel “hold back on settlements” — there was little question that it was a strong rebuke to the Palestinian Authority. After eight years of President Obama, that’s definitely a step in the right direction.
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H/T U.K. Express