Trump's One-State Solution May Change Little

Asia Pacific Daily, February 18, 2017 | 作者: Li Zixin | 时间: 2017-02-22 | 责编: Wang Jiapei
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Israel and the U.S. seemed to have spent a Valentine’s Day after eight strained years during the Obama administration. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited Washington D.C. and met with President Donald Trump this week. The two leaders reached multiple consensus, however, the global media focus more on President Trump’s distinctive words on the Palestinian-Israeli peace agreement.

“I am looking at two-state and one-state and I like the one that both parties like. I can live with either one,” said the U.S. President.

From Trump’s perspective, this is a kind of friendly response to Prime Ministerr Netanyahu. The U.S. new administration is eager to repair the relationship with its most important ally in the Middle East, which was maintained at a low level in the past eight years.

Such goodwill also includes moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to the holy city of Jerusalem.

However, from President Clinton to President Obama, the white house had postponed the plan of moving the U. S. embassy for several times, though it had been approved by the Congress as early as 1995. The safety concern was the major cause. During the election campaign, Trump had expressed his pro-Israel position very clearly, and lots Zionists are eager to see the Trump administration to implement this “old decision”.

Actually no matter supporting the One-State Solution or moving the embassy to Jerusalem has the greater symbolic meanings than the actual effect. Especially on the peace deal, is what President Trump have said different from his predecessors? Yes. Is he overturning decades of American policy of Palestinian-Israeli peace process? Perhaps. Will it have a serious impact on the regional situation? May be not. Why? Because both Israel and Palestine are unwillingness to negotiate with each other to reach a permanent peace deal.

The Palestinian-Israeli conflict is a fundamental issue of the regional security crisis. However it is not the most urgent one. The Palestinian-Israeli peace talk involves the interests of all regional countries, but their main concerns now are geopolitical struggle and the fight against terrorism. Correspondingly, the “change” of the U.S. policy on these issues may not become an obstacle to the future cooperation between the U.S. and its allies in the Middle East.

The sudden “policy change” only shows that President Trump lacks of knowledge on the political tradition and the sensitivity of politics in the Middle East, but his team will finally make up on specific issues. Several generals and professional politicians in the Trump administration are familiar with the Middle East issues.

As the white house declared that “defeating “S and other radical Islamic terror groups will be their highest priority”, seeking closer cooperation between the U.S. and its regional allies, including both Israel and Gulf Arab countries, are highly necessary. Thus, the bilateral relationship of the U.S. and Israel will be quickly repaired, but can hardly go beyond the traditional level.



Li Zixin is Research Assistant of Department for American Studies, China Institute of International Studies.


Source: Asia Pacific Daily, February 18, 2017.