Whatever His Intentions, Trump’s Endorsement of Two-state Solution Changes Reality

Trump’s ego wouldn’t allow him to refrain from boasting about the very steps that pushed the Palestinians away from negotiations in the first place

Chemi Shalev
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Chemi Shalev

Most of the world is likely to be skeptical about the sudden resuscitation of the two-state solution carried out on Wednesday by Donald Trump, with assistance provided by his sidekick, Benjamin Netanyahu. Trump’s record on the Palestinians, on which Netanyahu has also left his indelible mark, justifies a cautious presumption that his words are nothing more than an empty gesture, a standard PR ploy. The distrust that Trump engenders in the international arena, especially on the Palestinian issue, is likely to spark the same kind of reaction given his speech to the General Assembly this week: Spontaneous laughter.