Why I, a left-wing Israeli, support Trump’s peace plan
OPINION | It may not be perfect, but at least the deal is the first to be realistic about what Palestinians will accept
Much of the genuine criticism of Donald Trump’s “Peace to Prosperity” plan for the Middle East emerges from the assumption that there is another plan to be found; a better, more just and fairer one, to which the Palestinians would say “yes”, and which would then truly bring about peace. I wish it were so, but sadly there is no evidence for such an assumption.
Like many on the Israeli left, I would have preferred the US president’s plan to provide the Palestinians with more land, greater presence in east Jerusalem (almost all of the city’s Arab suburbs, rather than just three of them), more of a say in the holy sites, and greater control over their future borders.
However, decades of determined words and actions have made it very clear that the Palestinian leadership will say “yes” only to plans that bring about the end of Israel as the sovereign state of the Jewish people...