It has only taken a few hours since the Holocaust Memorial Day has ended, when potentially Billions of people celebrated the 75th anniversary of the end of Auschwitz for three incompetent Politicians to manage to destroy the focus on peace for our world involving Jewish, American and British nations, all of whom were key parts in the Holocaust celebration. The challenge for creating peace in the Middle East demands potentially a much more effective approach than even that formed by George Mitchell regarding Northern Ireland and the Good Friday agreement which ended after several years of his intensive work and relied as this link suggests on several other people. The key person was Mitchell, but along with him from the Northern Ireland setting was Trimble, Hume and Adams with McGuiness and Ervine. From the UK which was essentially the cause of the conflict at the very beginning was Mowlam and Blair and from Southern Ireland Bertie Ahern and then finally Bill Clinton.
Of course Raab has played an insignificant part in this current nonsense, simply suggesting that Trumps 80 page document deserves consideration. In one sense this demonstrates how desperate matters are, given that the UK was a significant cause, over 100 years ago of the challenge which still faces the Middle East. For us to be sitting on the edge of the public event and considering the document shows that our involvement is inadequate and that we are also unwilling to challenge the damaging comments by Trump and Netanyahu.
Any prospect of peace cannot be achieved by an external body such as the USA engaging with just one of the two groups of people or using phrases like “Today, Israel takes a big step towards peace,” and referring to how Israel will be able to use Jerusalem as its undivided Capital and yet that Palestine will use Eastern parts of the same city as its Capital. To recognise Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian territory and offer the future possibility for a Palestinian statehood that would “more that double Palestinian territory”, without specifying what territory is referring to.
For the event to take place with only a small number of Arabic nations, none of which are the key players in the region makes no sense and perhaps most importantly that the Palestinians were not present. The comments by Netanyahu are equally concerning “It’s a great plan for Israel, it’s a great plan for peace,” and he claims that the “status quo” of Israeli control over the Palestinian territories would remain in place until a deal was reached. His comment to Trump: “You have been the greatest friend that Israel has ever had in the White House.” is in complete denial of the many generations of American Presidents who have sought to try to find peace in the Middle East by bringing both sides together, just as Mitchell did over Northern Ireland. But perhaps that is what Netanyahu is unwilling to do. Perhaps he wants peace providing his Palestinian neighbours are not in the room with him and Trump?