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The Palestinian Honeymoon with the US Is Over

Donald Trump and Mahmoud Abbas (Photo: The White House)

As the United States again looks to work out peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, the demands from Palestinian leadership have not changed. Gatestone Institute's Bassam Tawil writes that the Palestinians expect the U.S. to side with them in their ongoing quest for supremacy over Israel:

US President Donald Trump's envoys, Jason Greenblatt and Jared Kushner, are planning to return to the Middle East soon to discuss ways of reviving the stalled "peace process" between Israel and the Palestinians. Greenblatt tweeted last week that he was looking forward to returning to the Middle East "as we pursue peace." He added that Trump was "optimistic," but did not elaborate.

Pursuing peace sounds wonderful. Less wonderful, however, are the facts on the ground of "pursuing peace" with the Palestinians.

Not surprisingly, the Palestinians have returned to their old habit of accusing the US of being "biased" in favor of Israel...

Palestinians are waking up to the fact that the Trump administration is not planning to act as a puppet in their expansionist play. They are starting to see that the US has no intention of strong-arming Israel into making territorial concessions that would compromise its security. For the Palestinians, this is sufficient evidence that the Trump administration is not to be trusted.

The Palestinians are not interested in the US acting as a mediator in the conflict with Israel; rather, they are interested in the Americans, and the rest of the world, imposing a solution upon Israel that threatens its security and strategic and national interests.

In a reprise of a very old story, the Palestinians are prepared to return to table with Israel only if the US guarantees that the "negotiations" will involve compelling Israel to comply with all their demands...

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