‘Many presidents have tried and failed’: Trump offers ‘ultimate deal’ to resolve Israeli-Palestinian conflict

(Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

President Donald Trump announced Tuesday his administration’s bold plan to resolve the longstanding Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Trump’s 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale took to social media to quickly note the historic potential involved in such a task.

“Many presidents have tried and failed to secure peace in the Middle East. But
@realDonaldTrump approaches it the way only he can – by putting on the table the ‘ultimate deal.’ Bold leadership,” he tweeted.

Speaking from the East Room and accompanied by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the president announced that Israel is taking “a giant step toward peace.”

Trump said that “forging peace between Israelis and Palestinians may be the most difficult challenge of all,” saying prior administrations have failed. After noting that he met with Palestinian President Abbas while visiting Israel, the president said his “win-win” vision offers “a realistic two-state solution that resolves the risk of Palestinian statehood to Israel’s security.”

Calling it an “historic breakthrough,”Trump said Netanyahu has agreed to endorse the vision as the basis for direct negotiations with the Palestinians.

“A historic breakthrough,” the president said, adding that for the first time, Israel has authorized the release of a conceptual map, illustrating the territorial compromises it’s willing to make for the cause of peace.

“The Palestinian people have grown distrustful after years of unfulfilled promises, yet I know they are ready to escape their tragic past and realize a great destiny.  But we must break free of yesterday’s failed approaches,” he said.

“This map will more than double the Palestinian territory and provide a Palestinian capital in eastern Jerusalem where America will proudly open an embassy,” Trump added. “No Palestinians or Israelis will be uprooted from their homes.”

Netanyahu also addressed the room and expressed his appreciation for the efforts put forth by Trump, calling his vision the “deal of the century.”

“Mr. President, your deal of the century is the opportunity of the century,” Netanyahu said. “And rest assured Israel will not miss this opportunity.”

On Monday, the Israeli prime minister took to Twitter to thank President Trump.

“I just want to say thank you for everything you have done for the State of Israel,” he tweeted. “You have been the greatest friend that Israel has had in the White House, and I think tomorrow we can continue making history.”

Again, Netanyahu referred to Trump’s plan as the “deal of the century.”

He also shared a soaring video of the historic opportunity before them, recognizing that the critics will be out in force — an accurate assessment.

“Like you Mr. President, I understand the magnitude of this moment. With you Mr. President, I am prepared to seize the moment and change history,” he declared.

“I know there will be opposition,” Netanyahu said. “There is always opposition. I know there will be many obstacles along the way. Much criticism. But we have an old Jewish saying, ‘If not now, when? And if not us, who?'”

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