Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to the United States last week, to meet with new President Donald Trump, was overshadowed by other events, not least the resignation of National Security Advisor General Mike Flynn.
While Donald Trump’s reluctance to move the US embassy to Jerusalem is not surprising, his approach to untangling the Israeli-Palestinian conflict might be refreshing even without a concrete action plan, politicians and experts told RT.
The Palestinian president fully supports Donald Trump’s call on Israel to “pull back” on settlement expansion, but is yet to comment on a trending idea that a peace deal might not necessarily include an independent Palestinian state.
Israel should annex all the occupied land it claims sovereignty over and grant full citizenship to those falling under its extended jurisdiction, President Reuven Rivlin said, apparently implying full annexation of the West Bank.
Israeli military engineers have erected additional 10 km of the West Bank wall that runs along the demarcation line and prevents Palestinians from crossing into Israel. While the Tel Aviv government calls it a security barrier, Palestinians slam it as an apartheid wall.
Donald Trump’s administration has warned that while further expansion of Israeli settlements on the occupied Palestinian territory is not an “impediment” for peace, it “may not be helpful” in resolving the decades-old conflict.