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People have protested that we don’t know what Donald Trump’s policies are. Those policies are appearing, and we can also deduce a lot about his plans from the people he is choosing for his administration. One policy that is becoming clear is his view of the State of Israel.
As soon as President-Elect Trump announced that David Friedman would be nominated as our new Ambassador to Israel, the Left in this country and in Israel loudly protested. David Friedman has been a long-time supporter of Israel and has taken many conservative positions that Trump shares. Mr. Friedman issued a joint statement in November with his co-chairman of the Israel Advisory Committee to Donald J. Trump . I’d like to share a few of those positions, followed by my own comments; these positions could change the course of history in the Middle East:
- The U.S. should cut off funds for the UN Human Rights Council, a body dominated by countries presently run by dictatorships that seems solely devoted to slandering the Jewish State. UNESCO’s attempt to disconnect the State of Israel from Jerusalem is a one-sided attempt to ignore Israel’s 3,000-year bond to its capital city, and is further evidence of the enormous anti-Israel bias of the United Nations.
The U.S has debated for a number of years whether we should even maintain our membership in the United Nations. Since our membership will likely not be dropped in the near future, a movement to de-fund the Human Rights Council would be a move in the right direction.
- A two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians appears impossible as long as the Palestinians are unwilling to renounce violence against Israel or recognize Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state. Additionally, the Palestinians are divided between PA rule in the West Bank and Hamas rule in Gaza so there is not a united Palestinian people who could control a second state. Hamas is a US-designated terrorist organization that actively seeks Israel’s destruction. We will seek to assist the Israelis and the Palestinians in reaching a comprehensive and lasting peace, to be freely and fairly negotiated between those living in the region.
You’ll notice that this position suggests that a divided PA rule makes it impossible for the Palestinians to have united control of any area. I particularly appreciate that there is no mention of a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians.
- The U.S. cannot support the creation of a new state where terrorism is financially incentivized, terrorists are celebrated by political parties and government institutions, and the corrupt diversion of foreign aid is rampant. The U.S. should not support the creation of a state that forbids the presence of Christian or Jewish citizens, or that discriminates against people on the basis of religion.
If we followed through on this proposal, we could finally stand tall for our principles by refusing to work with terrorists, and standing up for human rights for all religions. Also, we could stop funding the Palestinians whose leaders are pocketing vast sums, while their people live in poverty.
- Israel’s maintenance of defensible borders that preserve peace and promote stability in the region is a necessity. Pressure should not be put on Israel to withdraw to borders that make attacks and conflict more likely.
Caroline Glick in her book, The Israeli Solution: A One State Plan for Peace in the Middle East , points out, “From 1967 through the end of the Cold War, the United States –like Israel—maintained that Israel could not be expected to surrender territory it took control of during the Six Day War until the Arab states recognized its right to exist and accepted its right to continue to exist, unmolested, within secure, defensible boundaries.” So this position is not new.
- The U.S. will recognize Jerusalem as the eternal and indivisible capital of the Jewish state and Mr. Trump’s Administration will move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem.
There is no reason the embassy couldn’t be established in West Jerusalem until further progress is made toward peace; as mentioned earlier, the Palestinians must acknowledge Israel’s right to exist to even begin to establish peace in the Middle East.
I’m very pleased to know that President-elect Trump is seriously considering these recommendations. They may be the first steps to bringing stability into that area of the world, strengthening our ties with the only true ally we have in the Middle East, and increasing our influence.