Ashkenazi: Trump Middle East peace plan a ‘historic opportunity’ for Israel

May 19, 2020 by JNS
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Newly-appointed Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi called U.S. President Donald Trump’s Mideast peace plan a “historic opportunity.”

Blue and White Party member Gabi Ashkenazi attends the annual international Municipal Innovation Conference in Tel Aviv on Feb. 19, 2020. Photo by Miriam Alster/Flash90

However, he said on Monday, the U.S. plan would be advanced “responsibly, with full coordination with the United States and maintaining all of the State of Israel’s peace agreements and strategic interests,” according to Ynet. “We have a duty to ensure we distance our citizens from the risk of war and pursue peace,” he added.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s new government plans on moving forward with the extension of Israeli sovereignty to parts of Judea and Samaria, and the Jordan Valley starting in July and in coordination with the U.S. administration.

Ashkenazi said that it was crucial to strengthen Israel’s ties with Egypt and Jordan.

“I see great importance in strengthening the ties with the countries with which we have peace, Egypt and Jordan. They are the most important allies in dealing with regional challenges,” said Ashkenazi.

In an interview published by German newspaper Der Spiegel on Friday, Jordan’s King Abdullah warned of “massive conflict” between his country and Israel if the Jewish state proceeds with its sovereignty plans. The Jordanian monarch reiterated that a two-state solution was the “only way forward” as a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian dispute.

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2 Responses to “Ashkenazi: Trump Middle East peace plan a ‘historic opportunity’ for Israel”
  1. Adrian Jackson says:

    Unfortunately surname with nazi at the end.

  2. DAVID SINGER says:

    Abdullah’s warning of a “massive conflict” was based on Israel applying Israeli law in all of Judea and Samaria – not the 30% proposed on 1 July – just 1697 km2 and housing about 650000 Arabs and 450000 Jews
    https://www.jwire.com.au/jordans-king-abdullah-tries-to-torpedo-trump-peace-plan/

    The PLO has rejected negotiations with Israel on allocating sovereignty in the remaining 70% plus a $50 billion incentive offered by President Trump to make it happen.

    This has cleared the way for Jordan and Egypt to pick up the money and negotiate the drawing of new international boundaries between Israel and Jordan and possibly Israel and Egypt to end the Jewish-Arab conflict.

    Final effect would thus be given to the real two state solution first contemplated by the Treaty of Sevres in 1920, the Mandate for Palestine in 1922 and article 80 of the UN Charter.

    Hopefully Ashkenazi’s following statement indicates he is coming around to this line of thinking: “I see great importance in strengthening the ties with the countries with which we have peace, Egypt and Jordan. They are the most important allies in dealing with regional challenges”

    Dealing with the PLO is dead and buried after 25 years of getting nowhere. Trump offer of a State knocked back in 2020 as happened in 2000 with Barak and 2008 with Olmert.

    Three strikes and you are well and truly out.

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