T. Belman. Until such time as the US abandons the pursuit of the two state solution, the conflict will not be resolved. When the US decides to no longer support a fake people and instead enforse the original Mandate for Palestine which supports the Balfour Declaration and the San Remo resolution, the solution will become easily recognized and implemented. As in the aftermath of the WWII, population transfer was undertaken, because it facilitated, the peace that followed.
So too here, when the US opts for the transfer of the Arabs living in Judea & Samaria and Gaza, primarily to Jordan and Egypt, the conflict will be quickly and cheaply resolved.
Essentially this conflict has been maintained by the US, who, heretofore, has insisted on promoting and subsidizing the PLO and the PA and their cause. As soon as the US shucks the albatross, peace will be obtained.
Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with Pope Francis in Rome this past week. The topic of the meeting wasn’t the persecution of Christians in the Middle East, nor Erdogan’s human rights abuses in Turkey. It was Erdogan’s and the Vatican’s shared objection to the United State moving its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
It is hard to see how Pope Francis and Erdogan have any standing in the matter. Israel is a sovereign nation; it gets to choose its capital like every other country. And what foreign entity gets to say where the U.S. embassy should be? This is especially aggravating given the fact that having the American embassy in Jerusalem is U.S. law according to the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995.
Why is the embassy not already in Jerusalem in line with a 20-year-old law? It’s because the law states the embassy move can be put off for six months at a time as long as the president “determines and reports to congress in advance that such suspension is necessary to protect the national security of the United States.”
This loophole allowed Presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama to circumvent the move for twenty years, even though both presidents Bush and Clinton campaigned for it. Donald Trump, on the other hand, made relocating our embassy to Israel’s capital a campaign issue, and he’s acting on it.
It is hard to imagine how moving the American embassy could be a genuine threat to U.S. national security. The inaction was another shameful bow to Arab anti-Jewish sentiments and a slight to Israel’s sovereignty.
After the meeting between the pope and Erdogan, the Vatican put out a press release reiterating its longstanding position that Jerusalem’s status should remain contingent on a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Ah, the long sought after but elusive two-state solution. Although a two-state solution is a favorite of many ‘leading light of the world’ like Pope Francis, it is a delusion. To learn the details on the non-feasibility of an independent Palestinian state, see The Two-State Delusion, (2015) by Padraig O’Malley.
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