About Trump’s plan for a Palestinian state, Warren tweeted that “releasing a peace plan without negotiating with the Palestinians isn’t diplomacy, it’s a sham.”
She’s right that it “isn’t diplomacy”. And that’s a good thing.
It is diplomacy itself that is a “sham” in this context, and has been for, like, 70 years now. Has anyone ever “negotiated”on behalf of the “Palestinians” who would actually consider anything short of destruction of Israel?
Wasn’t it Kissinger who coined the term “peace process”? Brilliant. “Hope springs eternal in the human breast:/Man never is , but always to be, blest!” As Pope wrote. There was an ongoing “process” and unfortunately Israel on more than one occasion sacrificed some of its precious, minuscule territory on its altar. (Israel even post 1967 is smaller than New Jersey and with less population.) “Land for peace!” Yuh. They gave up the land, but never got the peace.
Even now, where Trump, inexplicably declining to repeat the same “diplomatic” tactics which have failed time and time again, proposes a Palestinian state carved out of Israel’s present territory—right in the heart of it! both Netanyahu and Ganz are on board. They’re willing to donate a liver to the Palestinians, if only their own country could, finally, stand down from its walls.
Trump’s plan would make Jerusalem the capital of Israel (duh!) but specifies that people of all faiths should be able to pray at the Temple Mount. (WOW! does that include Jews, who alone presently cannot do so even though they have the most venerable claim on the site?)
This plan is Trump’s attempt to cut the Gordian knot, slice the baby in half.
This reminds me of divorce cases. Mediate up the wazoo, let each side submit a proposal, and yet again another, for distribution of maritalproperty. But often the parties’ positions have hardened into: “If HE (or SHE) wants this, then I DO NOT! Never!!” And at that point, the Divorce Master, or the Court, steps in and orders a plan for division.
And in my experience, although both parties hate the adjudicator, rail against the judgment, call it arbitrary and unfair— this often comes as a relief to both.
Yes, Elizabeth, diplomacy has been a sham.
Let’s get real.
Trump,is serious about the deal, as evidenced by the fact that this is the first such proposal which has ever included an actual map! (I read that yesterday; can that really be true?)
In the event that Trump’s plan goes nowhere, that makes it no worse than the interminable “diplomatic” efforts over the past 70 years.
But it IS something new, something untried and not yet repeatedly failed. That gives it a least a chance of success. And it demonstrates Trump’s sanity in refusing to keep on doing “diplomacy” and expecting a different result than its oft-demonstrated failure.
It is our President who is the true “progressive”. Heretofore we have seen only preening “processives”, addicted to Photo-op diplomacy.