Liberal Jewish leaders react negatively to Trump-Netanyahu meeting

Liberal Jewish leaders and the PLO have reacted negatively to President Donald Trump’s meeting with PM Benjamin Netanyahu, and support for a one-stat solution [AFP]
While President Donald Trump’s meeting Wednesday with Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu was received warmly by those on Israel’s right, it was greeted with decidedly less enthusiasm by American liberal Jewish leaders, who described it as “terrifying” and “bizarre.”

Among those dismayed by the meeting, in which Trump voiced support for a one-state solution and urged Netanyahu to “hold off” on settlements, was Peace Now spokesman Ori Nir.

According to a Haaretz report Wednesday, Nir said he found the meeting “terrifying,” adding that he felt it was a missed opportunity to “signal to Israelis, Palestinians, Americans and the world a clear commitment to peace.”

Nir said Trump and Netanyahu’s discussion of a one-state solution was “depriving Israel of the very possibility of reaching peace,” in addition to “undermining Israel’s own future as a democracy and a Jewish state.”

Nir also accused the two of “delivering a huge victory to extremists on both sides.”

Rabbi Jill Jacobs, the executive director of the rabbinic human rights organization T’ruah, said she was unconvinced Trump fully appreciates the implications of a one state solution.

“It is a very dangerous suggestion,” Jacobs warned.

Rabbi Rick Jacobs, the leader of the Union for Reform Judaism, described Trump’s support for a one-state solution as “potentially devastating to the prospects for peace and Israel’s Jewish, democratic future. Prime Minister Netanyahu’s endorsement of such a policy change is no less ill-advised.”

Trump’s distancing of the two-state solution was denounced in even stronger and more ominous terms Thursday by the Palestinian Authority.

“The alternative to a two-state solution is painful bloodshed,” Palestinian Liberation Organization spokesman Nasser al-Kidwa said, according to Jpost. “This will not lead to the disappearance of a Palestinian state, and will not lead to the crushing of the prospect of a Palestinian state.”


02/16/2017 2:00 PM by Menachem Rephun

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