Will Trump Respect the Rabin Legacy?

Susie Dym,

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Susie Dym
Susie Dym serves as spokesperson for Mattot Arim, with over 20 years of expertise on "peace-for-peace" issues.

For some years, a lot of disinformation was being put out by two-staters, in an ultimately unsuccessful effort to persuade forgetful Israelis that slain prime-minister Yizhak Rabin was a Palestinian state enthusiast. Here is an example – a Hebrew language speech by Ehud Barak: https://www.knesset.gov.il/rabin/heb/speech/barak2012.htm 

But the truth, of course, is that the Rabin legacy is a resounding NO to Palestinian state – this was Rabin’s platform that got him elected, and this is what he thought his whole life. Check out the title of this interview - of Rabin with Lisa Beyer: http://content.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,979266,00.htmlhttp://content.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,979266,00.html

Will Trump respect the Rabin legacy and stay on the sane side of the Palestinian state issue? It is crucial for him to do so, so as not to be accused of idiocy. It would be sheer lunacy to allow a new terrorist failed-state to arise just a bike-ride away from Tel-Aviv, Jerusalem and Ben-Gurion airport. This would be lunacy, of course, even if – especially if -- this state’s “leaders” are clever enough to placate shallow media men and silly diplomats by swearing on 17 bibles and 70 Koran’s, to “recognize a Jewish state” and to “remain demilitarized”.

Netanyahu, hounded by hostile leaders the world over, does sometimes purport to be a Palestinian state enthusiast. But  he knows better than to take such a foolish and dangerous position officially. For example, here is Netanyahu’s speech in a special exclusive Knesset session entirely devoted to the two-state solution:  http://m.knesset.gov.il/news/pressreleases/pages/press10216h.aspx    If you speak Hebrew, you can see how Netanyahu’s lengthy policy statement entirely avoids any sort of support for Palestinian state. Hint: The Knesset legislators vote on this sort of prime-ministerial policy statement, and if Netanyahu were to have burdened Israel's  legislature with the sort of two-state warble he sometimes treats hostile foreign leaders to, he would have been faced by a mass  abandon-ship maneuver on the part of his own coalition.   

So, will the newly elected leader of the free world respect the Rabin Legacy and say NO to Palestinian state?

One indicator of wisdom has already surfaced. Apparently, one of  Trump’s national security advisors hastened to share with Politico the friendly recommendation that Obama shouldn’t go “pushing through policies that clearly don’t match Trump’s positions”, i.e. that Obama should not throw Israel under a bus in the United Nation’s National Security Council. Obama should instead – as is traditional - veto anti-Israel resolutions when so requested by the government of  Israel, an important American ally. ttp://www.politico.com/story/2016/11/donald-trump-obama-foreign-policy-231188 

This was wise because Obama would look even worse if he were to underhandedly do something that the president-elect has specifically indicated to negate policies the American people have elected him to carry out.

There are many alternatives to the two-state solution, such as Naftali Bennet’s plan for immediate annexation of Area C. In the past, in the pre-Trump era, the old Republican platform endorsed creating a state to be run by the very  jihadists who seek Israel’s destruction – by terrorists who openly celebrated the attacks of September 11th. But the current Republican platform captures the true sentiment of pro-Israel supporters everywhere and shines a clear light upon the way forward. The platform places America’s support squarely behind Israel’s sovereign right to decide her own future with G-d’s help and affirms that America will be here to support America’s greatest ally, Israel,  in solving her challenges as she sees fit in her own superior judgment.

This has already been and -- we hope -- will continue to be, one of Trump’s greatest and wisest  gifts to the civilized world. It is certainly far more crucial than moving the American embassy to Jerusalem – although that step should, at long last, be taken as well.