United States President Donald Trump is preparing a gift for the Palestinians as part of his forthcoming deal to achieve Israeli-Palestinian peace.
Speaking at a rally in West Virginia this week, President Trump basically said that Israel received something with the moving of the American Embassy to Jerusalem earlier this year, and now it is the Palestinians’ turn.
“Israel is going to have to pay a higher price,” he said. “The Palestinians are going to get something good. They say that it is the toughest of all deals—we’ll see what happens.” Rhetoric like this makes it seem that the president is still confident he is able to pull off the deal.
Palestinian media reported this week that Mr. Trump’s long-awaited peace plan will be presented at the United Nations General Assembly when it meets at the end of September.
While details are unknown at this time, his comments at the rally indicate that there might be something in the deal that Israelis won’t like.
Given his boast at the start of his presidency that he would be able to pull off this “deal of the century,” as he calls it, we have wondered, although he is largely seen as pro-Israel, will Mr. Trump push Israel too far in search of a peace deal? Will he want to make the Israelis give up something they are completely opposed to?
And if he does, will it result in the breakup of the American-Israeli relationship? Based on a Bible prophecy found in Zechariah 11, we have forecast a split between Israel and the United States. While the split that occurred during the Obama presidency looks to be currently healed, this rhetoric from Mr. Trump makes it seem that a turn for the worse is on the horizon.
For more on this prophesied split, read our free reprint “Band of Brothers.”
Trump National Security Adviser John Bolton Discusses Syria’s Future While in Jerusalem
John Bolton met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday. The United States’ policy on Syria was a big topic of conversation.
Bolton also gave a couple of interviews while in Israel; he was surprisingly open, especially relating to Russia.
In an interview with Reuters, he mentioned that, based on recent discussions with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Russia’s and Iran’s interests in Syria were not the same and the Russians were open to looking at ways to push Iranian forces out of Syria.
Bolton also said that the Russians felt stuck in Syria at the moment. “And I don’t think they want to be stuck there,” he said. “I think their frenetic diplomatic activity in Europe indicates that they’d like to find somebody else, for example, to bear the cost of reconstructing Syria, which they may or may not succeed in doing.”
We have long said that there were going to be some drastic changes in Syria before it’s all over, and two of those were discussed by Bolton this week. Firstly, that Iran will no longer be the dominant influence in Syria; Iran will eventually be pushed out or leave. And secondly, that a German-led Europe will replace Iran in dominating Syria.
And just this week Russia was talking about how it has goals different from Iran in Syria, and Putin is working hard to get the Europeans involved in Syria’s immediate future.
This story is definitely something we are going to keep an eye on, so stay tuned for more commentary over the next couple of days. Also, read our long-standing forecast for Syria in Watch Jerusalem editor in chief Gerald Flurry’s article “How the Syrian Crisis Will End.”