Obama's last chance to bring lasting peace to Israel

 

President Obama during his remaining time in office and thereafter President Trump should also encourage constructive independent steps by either party that move them closer to an agreement.

President-elect Trump, in interviews since the election, said he would like to forge an Israeli-Palestinian agreement, which he termed “the ultimate deal.” He declared, “As a deal maker, I’d like to do…the deal that can’t be made.”  The moves described above would buttress that effort.

The Israeli-Palestinian status quo is untenable. Time works in nobody's favor. For Israelis, a two-state reality is required to maintain a Jewish democracy within secure borders. Palestinians need a sovereign state. For the United States, restoring its standing in the region and diminishing instability there are national interests.

 

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