Trump Middle East Plan Concedes More to Palestinians Than Expected

By Associated Press – Re-Blogged From Liberty Headlines

NETANYAHU: ‘I’ve agreed to negotiate peace with the Palestinians on the basis of your peace plan…’

Trump Middle East Plan Concedes More to Palestinians Than Expected

Benjamin Netanyahu & Donald Trump/AP Photo

President Donald Trump on Tuesday unveiled his long-awaited Middle East plan, which was celebrated by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a “vision for peace” but is likely to continue to be opposed by Palestinians who say it favors Israel and falls short of their goal of creating a viable independent state.

Trump’s plan calls for the creation of a State of Palestine with its capital in east Jerusalem while recognizing Israeli sovereignty over major settlement blocs in the West Bank — something the Palestinians are unlikely to accept.

Trump called his plan a “win-win” for both Israel and the Palestinians, but it was created without input from Palestinian leaders and they already had rejected it before the president unveiled it at the White House with Netanyahu by his side.

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Trump Calls for Israel Sovereignty Over Golan Heights

By Associated Press – Re-Blogged From Newsmax

President Donald Trump said Thursday that it’s time for the United States to recognize Israel’s control over the disputed Golan Heights, an announcement that signals a shift in U.S. policy and comes ahead of the Israeli prime minister’s planned visit next week to the White House.

The administration has been considering recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan, which Israel captured from Syria in 1967. Last week, in its annual human rights report, the State Department dropped the phrase “Israeli-occupied” from the Golan Heights section, instead calling it “Israeli-controlled.”

“After 52 years it is time for the United States to fully recognize Israel’s Sovereignty over the Golan Heights, which is of critical strategic and security importance to the State of Israel and Regional Stability!” Trump tweeted.

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Obama and Israel

cropped-bob-shapiro.jpg   By Bob Shapiro

World politics affects Economics in many ways.

We’ve covered Brexit quite a bit over the last few weeks. We’ve talked about China’s moves to get their currency, the Renminbi, ready for prime time International Reserve Asset status through their massive buildup of Gold over the last decade. And we’ve talked about monetary QE in Japan and many other countries besides the US.

The Middle East, sitting at the crossroads of European and Asian Economic and military interests, including their control of a still significant supply of oil,is another area of concern for us. US-Israeli relations have deteriorated during the Obama administration, and the prospects for a Clinton Presidency are likely to continue this downtrend.

I came across this timeline of items about Obama’s actions toward Israel which you might find interesting.

It was written by Ben Shapiro (no relation) on 20 Mar 2015.

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