One Thing Trump Gets Right

By Bret Stephens,
from The New York Times,

Israel’s settlements are not the principal obstacle to peace with the Palestinians.

I rarely have anything positive to say about Donald Trump’s foreign policy, and his overall approach to the Middle East.

But let me give the administration some credit: When it comes to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, at least it isn’t stuck in a time warp, hanging on to hoary shibboleths.

Among those shibboleths: That the conflict can be solved by returning to the status quo ante 1967, or at least an approximation of it. That peace between Israel and the Arab states hinges on delivering a Palestinian state. And that settlement construction is the principal obstacle to peace. This is all nonsense. The pan-Arab campaign to “liberate” Palestine began two decades before Israel controlled an inch of Gaza or the West Bank.

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