President Trump is strongly signaling to the international community a complete reset of U.S. policy on the entire issue of West Bank settlements.
By inviting leaders of Israeli West Bank settlements to his inauguration, President-Elect Donald Trump is sending a clear signal to the international community and to the Israeli government, that the incoming administration will be adopting a far different posture than the current occupant of the Oval Office.
Some prior administrations have viewed settlement activity as an obstacle to a peace agreement. Others as an issue to be negotiated. The Obama administration however, has taken a completely extreme position, breaking with all previous U.S. policy and denouncing all settlements as illegitimate. President Obama last month not only allowed the United Nations Security Council to pass a resolution condemning all Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, but reportedly led the effort.
Most Israeli’s of course disagree with the shocking new policy adopted by the Obama White House. Some Israeli’s consider all territory west of the Jordan river to be historical parts of Israel.
The invitation to the inauguration of West Bank settlement leaders is a complete rebuke of the Obama policy. Whatever gains supporters of a Palestinian state on the West Bank believed they had won with the action of the Security Council, are now learning that the resolution will have zero influence with the incoming Trump administration. The resolution now seems to have been nothing more than a meaningless effort, as it appears President Trump is strongly signaling to the international community a complete reset of U.S. policy on the entire issue of West Bank settlements.
In a sign of the different attitude of US President-elect Donald Trump, the West Bank settlers’ council said Friday it has been invited to send a delegation to the presidential inauguration next week.
It said that Oded Revivi, chairman of the Yesha settlers’ council, will lead the delegation. He will be joined by Benny Kasriel, mayor of Ma’aleh Adumim, a large settlement next to Jerusalem.
Revivi said the invitation is a “clear indication” that the new administration understands the importance of his group. He says he is looking forward to working “with our new friends in the White House.” (Times of Israel)
Arutz Sheva also has a report:
Yesha leaders invited to Trump inauguration
The incoming Trump administration has invited two senior leaders from the Jewish community in Judea and Samaria to attend the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States next Friday. Maaleh Adumim Mayor Benny Kasriel and Efrat Mayor Oded Revivi were invited to the inauguration and, according to a report Friday morning in Makor Rishon,…