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COMMENTARY: Apathy, distrust could bungle Trump in Palestinian peace process

  • M. Taufiqurrahman

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, May 16, 2017   /  09:27 am
COMMENTARY: Apathy, distrust could bungle Trump in Palestinian peace process Peace has been negotiated previously, in 1978 at Camp David, 1991 in Madrid, 1993 in Oslo and 2000 at Camp David again, and yet a resolution to the conflict has not been reached. (Shutterstock/-)

Despite United States President Donald Trump’s quirks and idiosyncrasies, it is easy to see why the Israeli public and government welcome his ascent to power. After Barack Obama’s eight-year strained relationship, which included his frosty relationship with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his constant badgering over the settlement issue, Israelis can now draw a sigh of relief. After all, Trump promised on the campaign trail that he would move the US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem — probably unaware of the complexity of the situation on the ground. But just like any other US president in the past who has attempted to bring a permanent solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Trump soon discovered there would be no quick fix to the problem. Soon after being sworn in Trump talked about the possibility of supporting a one-state solution. He changed ...