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Reviving Israeli-Palestinian Talks Now Will Go Nowhere

Posted by BFP Staff on May 18, 2017 at 11:07 AM

Trump should not simply urge both sides to renew the negotiations

By Dr. Alon Ben-Meir
President Trump’s upcoming visit to Israel and Palestine—during which he hopes to revive the Israeli-Palestinian peace process—will go nowhere unless he fully understands the complexity of the conflict and why previous attempts by successive American administrations to negotiate a peace deal have failed. Recently, he stated that “I want to see peace with Israel and the Palestinians. There is no reason there’s not peace between Israel and the Palestinians — none whatsoever.” Trump’s over-simplification of the conflict suggests he has no clue about what it would take to make peace and why the mere resumption of peace talks is dead on arrival.

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