The President’s Turn on the Mideast Road [A letter to the NY Times]

My letter to the New York Times about the conflict between Israel and Palestine was published today. It appears below.

To the Editor:

Re “Inching Toward a One-State Solution?” (editorial, Feb. 16):

In your zeal to be critical of the Trump administration, you seem to assume that the United States now favors a one-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But President Trump said, “So, I’m looking at two-state and one-state, and I like the one that both parties like.”

How have you concluded anything other than that the United States intends to be open-minded?

You also indicate that a two-state solution has been “America’s Mideast policy for more than 20 years and remains the only just answer to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.” How has this policy benefited anyone during the last two decades?

Time after time, the parties could not agree. Perhaps it’s time to consider all options along with creativity and old-fashioned deal-making skill.

Further, President Trump suggested publicly that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should suspend new settlements in disputed areas. This is one of the most unsettling issues for Palestinians. Mr. Netanyahu didn’t accede to the suggestion, but he heard it loud and clear, as the whole world did.

SALVATORE J. BOMMARITO

New York

 

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