The Truth Report: The Meeting Between President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu
Welcome to The Truth Report, I’m Barry Nussbaum.
Trump met at the White House this week with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, history was made; here are the key points and the truth behind the story of the week!
- What was the first take away from the Trump/Netanyahu meeting? They are friends!
Friendship between the leader of the United States and the leader of Israel has been reestablished! Obama made absolutely no secret of his dislike and disrespect for Prime Minister Netanyahu. In fact, President Obama’s distain on a personal level with Prime Minister Netanyahu was shown time and time again over the past eight years and in every way possible. In previous shows I’ve given a number of examples of just how badly Netanyahu was treated. This is incredibly important in regards to the national stage because these public displays of disrespect created clear diplomatic distance between the United States and Israel inviting in all outside agitators into the discussion. It led to a startling isolation of Israel at both the U.N. and the E.U. and has enabled terror front groups to gain political foothold and the legitimacy on the subject of Israel and the related discussions of Islamic terrorism. In one brief appearance broadcast from the White House this week, all that has now changed. President Trump completely reset the relationship between the United States and Israel. In the press conference following their meeting Trump made no secret of his warm affection and respect for his long-standing friend, Bibi Netanyahu. In addition, Bibi showed his warm feelings for both his personal friend President Trump, and Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and Middle East policy advisor to the new President. The two leaders made it very clear they are good friends and plan to be shoulder to shoulder from now on. The world watched two longtime friends openly show their affection for one another and the fact that they were aligned on many key Middle Eastern policy issues. Good luck to any of Israel’s enemies who think they’re going to get in between these two friends, and try to turn one against the other anymore. This is a startling departure from the policies of the White House over the past eight years. The truth is, it is a whole new ballgame now!
- Is the “two state solution” still on the table? Did American policy change in regards to this?
Here is what the President had to say on this specific issue:
“So I’m looking at two-state and one-state, and I like the one that both parties like. (Laughter) I’m very happy with the one that both parties like. I can live with either one. I thought for a while the two-state looked like it may be the easier of the two. But honestly, if Bibi and if the Palestinians – If Israel and the Palestinians are happy, I’m happy with the one they like the best.”
Based on what the President said, my answer regarding a change in U.S. policy would be a very clear yes and no! What I mean by that is, Trump made it very clear that he’s in favor of whatever solution the parties come up with. Basically, Trump is saying that the European model combined with the policies of President Clinton, Bush and Obama of attempting to enforce a solution from the outside upon the parties who haven’t been talking to each other directly for years and years, has failed miserably and will not be Trump’s policy. Trump astutely states the obvious and people immediately assume American policy has changed. It seems what he is trying to convey is that the parties must talk to each other and must agree between each other as to what will work for them and their people.
Bibi made his position on this question quite clear and mentioned that going back many years he has said it over and over. What he keeps saying every time he is asked is: that two states cannot coexist in peace side-by-side if millions in the Palestinian state want to kill all the Jews in the Israeli state, and if one state insists that the other state can’t even exist. That is the current status on the ground today. Palestinian children are taught every day in school and on television that as they get older their goal in life is to kill Israelis, or that their alternate goal is to become a martyr and carry out a suicide attack against Jews. How can people raised like this for two generations expected to be trusted in a peace deal?
Let’s not forget, that there is a two state solution that has already been implemented between Israel and the Palestinians. It’s called Gaza. Before Israel withdrew under Prime Minister Sharon it was peaceful internally. Jews and Arabs lived within Gaza and missiles never flew across the border from Gaza into Israel landing on schools, homes, and businesses! In addition, tunnels were not dug under the border bringing in suicide attackers! And yet in the interest of peace and under tremendous worldwide pressure, Israel withdrew 100% from the Gaza strip implementing a two state solution between Palestinians and Israel! What happened as a result was nothing short of disaster for both the Palestinians and Israelis. Gaza was taken over soon after by a government run by Hamas, a brutal Islamic dictatorship that slaughters its own people who protest the government. They almost immediately declared war on Israel. Thousands of rockets have flown into Israel since the two state solution was implemented causing millions of Israelis to spend significant portions of their lives in bomb shelters huddled with their children in the hopes that the next missile is not a direct hit on their location. Bibi will not allow a similar two state solution to be implemented on the west bank.
- We heard news on Iran, and it is obvious there is a new Sherriff in the White House.
We heard a very significant reset in American foreign policy. For the first time the words “radical Islamic terrorism” was mentioned out loud in the White House and in front of an international TV audience! In an instant the Iran Nuclear Deal, also known as the JCPOA, was shown for what it is by a sitting U.S. President. Characterized by a horrible deal out loud by both the United States and Israel, President Trump made it clear that American foreign policy in regards to Iran was changing and that now it would appear based on their joint press conference that the U.S. stands shoulder to shoulder with Israel against Islamic terrorism. I can’t overstate how significant the change is in American foreign policy!
Both leaders clearly state that it is unacceptable that the JCPOA now implemented guarantees that Iran will become a nuclear weapons power! President Trump was very clear that this will never happen! It remains to be seen what action he will take and whether he will do it alone, with Israel or with the other significant powers that signed off on Obama’s Iran Nuclear Deal.
President Trump is correct from the very beginning with his assertion that the Iran Nuclear Deal is the worst deal ever! To be clear and in no uncertain terms that is the worst deal in the history of American foreign policy ever!
We will continue to watch this story consistently and will update you as news develops, especially in regards to a reset of the JCPOA. Stay in touch, we will be following up on this story! You can handle the truth, we intend to bring it to you.