President Trump once told the press that it wouldn’t be difficult to bring peace to the Middle East. When speaking alongside Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in May, Trump said about the process of creating peace between Israel and Palestine:
‘It’s something, frankly, maybe not as difficult as people have thought over the years.’
However, the president has, since then, not done much of anything to actually improve relations between Israel in Palestine. His plans to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu likely aren’t going to help much, either.
Trump tweeted the following about on the meeting on Monday morning:
‘Looking forward to meeting with Prime Minister @Netanyahu shortly. Peace in the Middle East would be a truly great legacy for ALL people!’
Many people responded to the president’s message and were quick to point out two things: first, the fact that bringing peace to the Middle East is a lot harder than Trump thinks, and, second, that it’s going to be especially difficult to do this since Netanyahu has proven in the past that he defines “peace” as continuing Israel’s expansion into and military control over Palestine.
Jewish Voice for Peace’s Executive Director Rebecca Vilkomerson issued a statement on Monday criticizing Trump and Netanyahu’s peace plan:
‘Trump and Netanyahu represent the worst of U.S. and Israeli policies. Their parallel agendas include attacks on immigrants and Muslims, tolerating the rise of anti-semitism for political gain, and enabling racist violence.’
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