How Donald Trump’s Republican Party Veered to Right of Benjamin Netanyahu on Israel
Oh, the irony.
The “radical” positions of West, Zogby and Ellison — who were chosen by Bernie Sanders for the platform committee — were later soundly defeated by Democrats.
Instead, it’s the GOP that has broken with the long-standing bipartisan approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by rejecting a call for a two-state solution and further rejecting “the false notion that Israel is an occupier.”
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Liberal Democrats are increasingly concerned more about the plight of the Palestinians than about the needs of Israel, and conservative Republicans are increasingly skeptical that there’s a way for Israel and an independent Palestinian state to coexist peacefully.
In a recent Pew Research Center poll, 61% of Democrats believed a two-state solution was possible; only 38% of Republicans did.
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Growing Democratic concern for Palestinians has not forced a change in language in the proposed party platform under Candidate Clinton.
In fact, Democrats recently voted to reject an amendment to the platform that would have called for an end to occupation and illegal settlement building.
Under Candidate Trump, however, the Republican Party seems unmoored.
With the apparent acquiescence of the presumed nominee, the GOP flat-out rejected endorsement of a two-state solution, which has been the official policy of U.S. administrations under both parties for decades and has been supported, at least rhetorically, by Netanyahu himself.
Even though the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the powerful Israel lobby, has veered to the right politically — vociferously and unsuccessfully opposing the Iran deal, for instance — its embrace of a two-state solution was roundly ignored by the Republican platform writers.
AIPAC is now philosophically closer to the party of Obama and Clinton on this key issue.
And the Republican Party has positioned itself to the right of Netanyahu.
Actually, a good many liberals have outright rejected the two state solution in recent years, calling for abandonment of the Zionist project and what they consider the racist and obsolete idea of an actual nation state, an intentionally and by choice and policy ethnically homogeneous state.
They favor instead majority rule in a single, multi-ethnic state comprising the entirety of Palestine.
Were this course adopted, the Jews of Israel, dispossessed of their national homeland, would very soon be ruled by an Arab/Muslim majority, no doubt in a manner not unusual in Muslim states in the region.
They would, as the Christians of the region recently have done, flee for their lives.
Unless, of course, policies were adopted by the Jewish government of Israel to ensure a continued Jewish majority and Jewish identity in a Jewish Israel comprising the entirety of Palestine.
And that idea of a one-state solution is naturally the one supported by the GOP.
And of course tacitly, not openly, by Bibi.
Donald Trump praises Republican Party platform as most pro-Israel ever
Donald Trump praised the Republican Party platform as “the most pro-Israel of all time!” — a signal to pro-Israel Republicans that he embraces their outlook.
Trump’s tweet Wednesday appeared to be aimed at assuaging doubts among pro-Israel Republicans that the party’s presumptive presidential nominee will hew to its pro-Israel trajectory of recent decades.
He followed the pro-Israel tweet with another asking, “Is President Obama trying to destroy Israel with all his bad moves? Think about it and let me know!”