This special issue of Middle East Notes focuses responses to the content of the meeting of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Trump met at the White House in Washington, D.C on February 15; efforts by Palestinian municipalities in the West Bank and human rights groups to oppose the highly controversial Settlement Regularization Law; and U.S.-based opposition to the appointment of David Friedman as the next U.S. ambassador to Israel. The next issue of the Middle East Notes will be available on March 2.
Please note: Opinions expressed in the following articles do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns.
- Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns and other members of the Faith Forum on Middle East Policy sent a briefing paper entitled “Toward Peace, Justice, and Equality in Israel and Palestine” to all members of Congress and the Trump Administration calling for U.S. policies that promote peace, justice and equality for all Palestinians and Israelis.
- Al Mezan Center For Human Rights published a press release by seventeen Palestinian municipalities and three human rights organizations from the West Bank, Israel, and Gaza Strip who jointly petitioned the Israeli Supreme Court on February 8 to cancel the highly controversial Settlement Regularization Law on the grounds that it violates international humanitarian law and is unconstitutional.
- Mazal Mualem wrote in Al-Monitor about the complex new reality and need for a fresh approach by Israel’s center-left after the meeting between Netanyahu and Trump.
- Alaa Tartir and Tareq Baconi wrote in Al-Jazeera that the meeting between Netanyahu and Trump is turning point for the Palestinians, who for the first time since the beginning of the peace process have a U.S. president who publicly disposes of the notion that the two-state solution is the only viable framework for peace.
- Barak Ravid wrote in Haaretz that not only President Trump has bucked American policy regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by declining to endorse the two-state solution, but he also called on the Israeli prime minister to restrain settlement construction and reiterated his intention to achieve a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians, as well as a wider agreement between Israel and the Arab world.
- Jack Khoury reported in Haaretz that the Palestinian Foreign Ministry said that President Trump’s failure to endorse a two-state solution constitutes a ‘dangerous shift’ in the American position on the conflict.
- Judy Maltz reported in Haaretz that more than 600 American rabbis and cantors have signed a letter expressing their opposition to the appointment of David Friedman as the next U.S. ambassador to Israel.
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