Failings leading up to the Arab-Israeli War of 50 years ago cost the then-Israeli prime minister their job. Could history repeat?
Trump announced the plan, billed as the "deal of the century," in Washington, DC, alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Tuesday. But missing from the announcement were Palestinians — who preemptively rejected the proposal, citing pro-Israel bias. One Palestinian activist speaking prior to the plan's unveiling called it a "scam."
Jared Kushner has been working on a peace plan for Israel and the Palestinians — a "deal of the century" is how President Donald Trump has referred to it. Almost no one is impressed. And it's not clear if the plan will even see the light of day.
A truce to end a surge of deadly violence in the Gaza Strip and southern Israel took hold Monday, just as Gazans were preparing to begin the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
Largely symbolic, the law was enacted just after the 70th anniversary of the birth of the state of Israel. It stipulates "Israel is the historical homeland of the Jewish people and they have an exclusive right to national self-determination in it."
As the daily scene on the border shows, young Palestinians are increasingly beyond reach, put off by a four-year stalemate in peace talks with Israel and little progress toward healing internal rifts.
"We pay the Palestinians HUNDRED OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS a year and get no appreciation or respect," Trump tweeted. "With the Palestinians no longer willing to talk peace, why should we make any of these massive future payments to them?"
Two Palestinian men armed with meat cleavers and firearms killed four worshippers at a synagogue in West Jersualem on Tuesday. While it was the deadliest attack of its kind in the city since 2008, it was also yet another sign of rising violence between Israelis and Palestinians.
At demonstrations against Israel's operation in Gaza, angry crowds have attacked protesters. Those who are against the war say they now fear more violence, but still feel an obligation to make their voices heard.
While the Israeli military presses its offensive against Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, cooperation between Israelis and Palestinians in the West Bank continues. Even on security matters, the Palestinian Security Forces are still cooperating with Israelis.