Get ready for another ride into dreamland - Mideast 'Peace' Talks... Oh yeah, right, like Israel wants peace.
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(NYT) -- WASHINGTON - President Trump and his advisers have purportedly begun developing their own concrete blueprint to "end the decades-old conflict" between Jewish Israel and the Indigenous Palestinians, a plan intended to go beyond previous frameworks offered by the American government in pursuit of what the president calls "the ultimate deal."
After 10 months of educating themselves on the complexities of the world's most intractable dispute, White House officials said, Mr. Trump's team of relative newcomers to Middle East peacemaking has moved into a new phase of its venture in hopes of transforming what it has learned into tangible steps to end a stalemate - which, in reality, the Tel Aviv regime wants only to be solved as am emigration of Palestinians.
Nonetheless, Mr. Trump's team has collected "non-papers" exploring various issues related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and officials said they expected to address such perennial dividing points as the status of Jerusalem and settlements in the occupied West Bank. Although Mr. Trump has not yet committed to a Palestinian state, analysts said they anticipated that the plan will have to be built around the so-called two-state solution that has been the core of peacemaking efforts for years.
Neither Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel nor President Abbas of the Palestinian Authority is in a strong position to negotiate. Mr. Netanyahu faces corruption investigations and pressure from the right in his narrow coalition not to make concessions, while Mr. Abbas is aging and endures strong opposition among his own constituents.
Skepticism abounds, especially among those who spent years struggling to overcome the same challenges with the same set of tools. "There's nothing new under the sun when it comes to Middle East peace," said Philip Gordon, a White House Middle East coordinator under Mr. Obama. "When you get into these details, that's when you come up against the strong objections of the two sides. If they don't want it to be dead on arrival, they may wind up with vague principles, but as we've seen, even vague principles are beyond what the parties are willing to embrace."