Weekly Commentary: Favorable American Moves Shouldn't Change Israel's Red
Dr. Aaron Lerner 30 November, 2017
If President Trump were to honor his campaign promise and move the American
embassy to Jerusalem it would be the right thing to do. But it wouldn't
change the fundamentals on what should and should not be acceptable for
Israel in a "deal" with the Palestinians.
It would not even change the fundamentals on what concessions of a permanent
nature Israel should and should not make to the Palestinians prior to such a
And for good reason.
Whether the American embassy is in Jerusalem or Tel Aviv the fundamental
problems with having a sovereign Palestinian state remain just that:
A sovereign Palestinian state remains a sovereign state even if it openly
declares the agreements that they signed as part of the package that
facilitated its creation null and void.
And the Palestinians would be smart enough to find ways to trash the
agreements without an explicit declaration.
And they would continue to be a sovereign state.
By the same token, permanent "pre deal" concessions that either cede control
over parts of Area C or introduce a greater Palestinian presence in Area A
can't be justified as a quid pro quo for an embassy move or other favorable
We are here for the long haul.
We simply cannot afford to fritter away our assets no matter how friendly or
supportive an acting president may be.
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