British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher once told former President George H.W. Bush “remember George, this is no time to go wobbly.” That statement was made in reference to Bush’s planned response to Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait in 1990.

The same statement applies today to President Trump with regards to his proposed peace plan with Israel and the Palestinians. For the sake of regional stability, “remember, Donald, this is no time to go wobbly.”

Trump and his administration are having internal discussions over whether to encourage Israel to annex parts of the West Bank which were seized by the Israelis after they were surrounded on all sides by invading Arab armies in the Six Day War in 1967. It is a lie to call them “occupiers,” when they were the ones who were invaded. They simply kept the land for a more defensible border. They didn’t start the war, the invading Arab armies did.

The New York Times reported, “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to annex up to 30 percent of the occupied West Bank — as mapped out in the Trump peace plan — as soon as July 1. And he is counting on the Trump administration’s backing since most of the world views existing Jewish settlements on the West Bank as illegal and would treat any unilateral annexation as a flagrant violation of international law.

But the administration has sent mixed signals, initially greenlighting annexation, then putting the brakes on, and now, apparently, reconsidering the move in White House meetings set to begin on Tuesday. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to annex up to 30 percent of the occupied West Bank — as mapped out in the Trump peace plan — as soon as July 1. And he is counting on the Trump administration’s backing since most of the world views existing Jewish settlements on the West Bank as illegal and would treat any unilateral annexation as a flagrant violation of international law.

Reuters reported that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the following to reporters: “extending Israeli sovereignty was a decision ‘for Israelis to make.’

Senior aides to President Donald Trump began discussions on Tuesday on whether to give Netanyahu the green light for annexation, which has drawn condemnation from the Palestinians, U.S. Arab allies and a number of other foreign governments.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday urged Israel to abandon plans to annex parts of the West Bank, warning that this threatened prospects for peace with the Palestinians.”

If the United Nations is against the plan—and bear in mind that the UN has proven its hate for the Jewish state by passing many resolutions condemning Israel—then you know it’s a good plan. I am still at a loss for why we send our tax dollars to the anti-Jewish and anti-American UN in the first place, but that’s a topic for another discussion.

In January, President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reached an agreement on a peace plan meant to end the decades-long violence between Palestinians and Israelis in the Middle East. The only problem is that the Palestinians rejected the plan almost immediately.

Just like they always do.

The Palestinians always reject olive branches from Israel because they won’t accept anything short of the complete elimination of the Jewish nation.

The latest Trump-Netanyahu plan offers concessions to the Palestinians, however, there aren’t enough concessions for their liking.

The BBC reported the following details about the plan:

  • “The US will recognize [sic] Israeli sovereignty over swathes of the West Bank, including Jewish settlements and much of the Jordan river valley
  • The move will ‘more than double the Palestinian territory and provide a Palestinian capital in eastern Jerusalem,’ where Mr. Trump says the US will open an embassy. The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO)[sic] said the plan would give Palestinians control over 15% of what it called “historic Palestine”
  • Jerusalem “will remain Israel’s undivided capital.” The Palestinians insist East Jerusalem be the capital of their future state
  • “No Palestinians or Israelis will be uprooted from their homes” – suggesting that existing Jewish settlements in the Israeli-occupied West Bank will remain
  • Israel will work with Jordan to ensure the status quo governing the key holy site in Jerusalem known to Jews as the Temple Mount and al-Haram al-Sharif to Muslims is preserved. Jordan runs the religious trust that administers the site
  • Territory allocated to Palestinians in Mr. Trump’s map “will remain open and undeveloped for a period of four years.” During that time, Palestinians can study the deal, negotiate with Israel, and “achieve the criteria for statehood.”

This isn’t the first time Israel has offered concessions to the Palestinians. In 2005, then-Prime Minister Ariel Sharon ordered Israel’s forces out of Gaza, which was seized in the 1967 Six-Day War. His plan was to return to the borders set in the 1948 War for Independence.

Sharon was unable to realize his dream for peace because he had a stroke the next year and remained in a coma for another eight years until his passing in 2014.

Israel treats Arabs with respect and allows them to become citizens and serve in their government; Palestine does not do the same for Jews in their territory. Peace will never happen in the region until the Palestinians are willing to be reasonable.

No matter what the Israelis or Americans offer them, it is never good enough for them, so Israel should just annex the West Bank because nothing they do will satisfy the international community. Sadly, this conflict is likely to continue, but as long as President Trump avoids “going wobbly,” this could be a step in the right direction.

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