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Israeli settlements not obstacle to peace: Trump adviser

Press TV – November 10, 2016

US President-elect Donald Trump does not think the illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories should be condemned because they don’t pose “an obstacle to peace,” according to a top Trump adviser.

The comments were made on Thursday by Jason Greenblatt, the chief legal officer and executive vice president at the Trump Organization. He has been tapped by Trump as his top adviser on Israel.

Greenblatt’s comments would mark a stark departure from the long-time Washington stance that Israeli settlement construction in occupied Palestinian lands makes it more difficult to reach a peace agreement with the Palestinians.

An Israeli minister called for renewed settlement expansions after Greenblatt’s comments. Israeli Science Minister Ofir Akunis said Tel Aviv thinks it’s time to move forward with more settlements now that Trump has won the US presidency.

The administration of US President Barack Obama has repeatedly criticized Israel over the settlement expansions, saying they make it difficult for Israel to reach peace with Palestinians.

The US and Israel are close allies but relations were often tense between Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the Israeli settlements and the nuclear agreement with Iran last year.

Analysts say a Trump presidency may be profoundly negative for Palestinian aspirations while buoying Israel’s confidence.

Under the Trump presidency, analysts expect there to be less pressure from Washington to halt illegal Israeli settlement building, meaning the settler population will grow unchecked.

“The Palestinian people hold no hope that the change of American president will mean a change in policy towards the Palestinian cause,” said Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri. “That policy is constant and biased in favor of Israel’s occupation.”

Israel is the largest cumulative recipient of US foreign assistance since World War II. America’s military assistance to Israel has amounted to $124.3 billion since it began in 1962, according to a recent congressional report.

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3 Comments »

  1. “…does not think the illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories should be condemned because they don’t pose “an obstacle to peace,” according to a top Trump adviser”.

    In the words of famous English prostitute Mandy Rice-Davies, “Well, he would say that wouldn’t he”……
    .
    Having an Ashkenazi Jew to advise you on Israel is kind’a like asking George W Bush to advise you on stupidity. You already know what the answer will be. The Jewish settlements on the West Bank ARE the obstacle to peace. Everyone knows it except America’s ruling elite.

    Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | November 10, 2016 | Reply

    • Of course peace is not an objective:

      “Chaos and strife create the “revolutionary atmosphere” (as Ben Gurion one of the key founders of the state of Israel put it) in which more land and water resources can be taken under their control. This fact explains the motive behind the ceaseless provocations and destabilization that the Israeli military and secret services perpetrate.”

      https://alethonews.wordpress.com/2009/12/03/militant-zionism-and-the-invasion-of-iraq/

      Comment by aletho | November 11, 2016 | Reply

  2. The Trump Comedy Hour is over, now comes the pain of reality. Nothing much will change, especially in the ME. Trump knows a good manager delegates responsibility to keep from getting bogged down by details and my guess is that he’ll ‘delegate’ control of the ME around Israel to his good friend, Nuttyahoo.

    Comment by Greg Bacon | November 11, 2016 | Reply


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