At least the mainstream media is consistent, it has absolutely no idea what is happening with regards to the Middle East. President Trump and Israeli Premier Netanyahu held a joint press conference on Wednesday and throw away what you may have heard from the MSM because they emphasized the wrong things and got some points wrong, all because neither the American President nor the Israeli Prime Minister are liked by the liberal media.
Most missed was the different approach to US/Israeli relations and the Middle East peace process revealed during the press conference.
Despite what you may have heard or read from the MSM President Trump did not abandon the “two-state-solution.” What the President dropped was the Obama position which was articulated by Susan Rice, “even if Israel and the Palestinians reach an agreement, it is possible that the United States would oppose it.” The position Trump stated was we will support whatever the Israelis and Palestinians come up with.
During the presser the president was asked if he supports the two-state solution, he answered:
So I’m looking at two-state and one-state, and I like the one that both parties like. I’m very happy with the one that both parties like. I can live with either one.
I thought for a while the two-state looked like it may be the easier of the two. But honestly, if Bibi and if the Palestinians — if Israel and the Palestinians are happy, I’m happy with the one they like the best.
One could not help but notice during the press conference that the two genuinely like each other, For one thing the POTUS allowed the Prime Minister to enter and leave through the front door of the White House. Even when the president seemingly tried to pressure Israel it was done in a jovial way; as in this exchange:
Trump: As far as settlements, (turns to Netanyahu) I’d like to see you hold back on settlements for a little bit. We’ll work something out. But I would like to see a deal be made. I think a deal will be made. I know that every President would like to. Most of them have not started until late because they never thought it was possible. And it wasn’t possible because they didn’t do it.
But Bibi and I have known each other a long time — a smart man, great negotiator. And I think we’re going to make a deal. It might be a bigger and better deal than people in this room even understand. That’s a possibility. So let’s see what we do.
Netanyahu: Let’s try it.
Trump: Doesn’t sound too optimistic, but — (laughter) — he’s a good negotiator.
Netanyahu: That’s the “art of the deal.” (Laughter.)
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