T. Belman. I agree with everything he said. Sovereignty now, a Palestinian State never. Normally one year would be enough for the Arabs to demilitarize and meet all conditions. So why a 4 year period to do this. I believe that the long period is to enable Israel to consolidate her hold on the land granted to her including the Jordan Valley.
Also, holding out the prospect of the creation of a Palestinian state will stifle the voices against the plan. The EU will have to decide if they will work to achieve such a state or work to destroy Trump’s plan. They probably will do both.
The prospect of a Palestinian state also gives the Gulf states a fig leaf for their reconciliation with Israel.
During that 4 year period, probably within 4 months. Abdullah will abdicate and Mudar Zahran will take control of Jordan. Abbas and the PA won’t last much longer. When this happens, Israel will look to Zahran to replace the PA as administrator.
Meanwhile, Israel will strengthen its hold on what has been given to her.
[…] The plan, as it was presented today by President Trump, also has bad and dangerous parts that, even if no one believes – including the Americans themselves – that it will be implemented, it should not even have even been declared.
The good news is that the Israeli government is not required to accept the plan.
The Americans are content with Netanyahu’s general and personal “yes” in his speech to negotiate in the future if and when the Arabs fulfill their conditions, and in fact become Scandinavians – which of course will never happen.
The government’s decision will only include the good part of the plan – applying immediate sovereignty to the entire settlement. For everything else, only President Trump spoke and that doesn’t bind us. For us, it is sovereignty now, and an Arab state never.
We continue to oppose any kind of Arab sovereignty in the Land of Israel and the transfer of even one inch of it. Neither today nor the future, neither explicitly nor implicitly. In this sense, we do not accept the American plan but take the good parts of it. Complex, but possible.
Let me allow myself to appreciate that the Americans also know that there is no chance in the world that the Arabs will implement the program under these conditions, and they’re counting on it. In fact, they [the Americans] stand by Israel and pay “lip service” to the Arabs.
In this sense, the picture is reversed – instead of a commitment to the Arabs and the payment of a “lip service” to Israel’s security, a real commitment to Israel and a “lip service” to the Arabs.