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I am thrilled that he's ignored the Islamists' endlessly violent heckler's veto and, instead, moved away from a dysfunctional paradigm. Trump is making good on one campaign promise after another. He will indeed be the most consequential president in American history. No wonder the Left is mad to destroy him.
Strong move by Trump. He is asserting himself as the lead dog of the pack. There is nothing to fear from this action. The only retaliation will be whining by those opposed. They'll just have to get over it. Now Trump needs to use the welfare checks financial aid we send to the Palestinians as leverage to move towards a permanent settlement.
There hasn't been any 'peace progress' since the Egyptian's made peace with Israel. Shaking up the status quo is long over due.
Trump is just doing what the last three presidents claimed to support and is following a law passed by large bipartisan majorities. That this should be considered controversial in the US is a sign of our times. One would think that prominent politicians would shy away from exhibiting the bald faced hypocrisy that some lefties such as Dianne Feinstein and Nancy Pelosi did. In the past they had voted and supported for the same thing they now criticize. But then they are Democrats and they are a part of a party that has no trouble lying (https://www.democrats.org/about/our-history) so what's a little hypocrisy?
4. Polls Show Palestinians Are Not Interested In A Durable Peace. Kerry kept saying that Palestinians want peace. That’s not what the polls say. A poll from the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research as of September 2015 found that 51 percent of Palestinians rejected the two-state solution. A plurality, 42 percent, said that the best way of establishing a Palestinian state would be “armed action,” with just 29 percent saying negotiation. Polls also showed Hamas running evenly with the supposedly-moderate Palestinian Authority. Prior polls show that Palestinian willingness to accept a Jewish state would be only temporary anyway: a poll from 2010 showed that while about 60 percent of Palestinians supported a two-state solution at the time, they also thought that in the end, Israel would disappear. Just 23 percent said they believed in a right to exist for a Jewish homeland in Israel.
That tells me that hopes for a "peace process" are not justified.
I am reminded of a long deceased family member getting Christmas cards from a Palestinian living in Kuwait. The PLO supported Saddam's invasion of Kuwait. Result: no more Palestinians in Kuwait. Oh well.
There is a peace process that works there, and that's peace through superior firepower.
Unrelenting force is the only thing those muslim savages (but I repeat myself) understand. Which is why Israel's response to the so-called intifadah was so effective, bulldozing the house of every single terrorist's family they could identify.
Which is similar (but on a much smaller scale) to what the Jordanians did when the so-called Palestinians rose up against the kingdom, which is to drive them all into their main city and then level it to the ground by air strikes and artillery bombardment, THEN send in the army with armoured vehicles and infantry and kill anything still alive.
The PLO never bothered Jordan again, or Syria which did something similar.