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No sign of the ultimate deal as Donald Trump leaves Israel
A brief visit disappoints the Palestinians, but delights Binyamin Netanyahu
May 23rd 2017 | JERUSALEM


DONALD TRUMP arrived in Israel on May 22nd with a surprising message concerning the situation in the Middle East. Going in to dinner with the Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, he said he had discovered on the first stop of his trip in Saudi Arabia that “there’s a lot of love out there”. Dutifully, he set about spreading that love with promises of a “coalition” in which both Israel and the Sunni Arab states would co-operate with America in a joint struggle against radical Islamist terrorism and the influence of Iran. 


The tacit alliance between Israel and the Saudis, which do not have diplomatic relations but both see Iran as their mortal enemy, is of course not new. But Mr Trump, whose Air Force One plane took a rare direct route from Riyadh to Tel Aviv, is eager to bring the secret partners out into the open as part of the grand alliance he had outlined a day earlier to an assembly of Sunni Muslim leaders. The Saudis have signalled their willingness for closer ties with Israel; but both sides know that the Palestinian issue imposes limits on how far their relationship can go. 

into the open:公開されて

Even before his inauguration, Mr Trump had spoken of his desire as a master negotiator to deliver what he calls the “ultimate deal”—peace between Israel and the Palestinians. But while he repeated his dream in Jerusalem—and paid a short visit in Bethlehem to the president of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas—he supplied not the slightest detail on how this deal might be achieved. Not once during his Middle East trip did he mention in public the “two-state solution”, under which Israel and Palestine would recognise each other as sovereign entities, or indeed any form of Palestinian entity at all. 

not the slightest:少しも〜ではない  

He said nothing about Israel’s continued (and internationally condemned) settlement-building in the military-occupied West Bank, nor of its control over the lives of Palestinians there and in the beleaguered Gaza Strip. In Bethlehem Mr Trump lectured President Abbas that “peace can never take root in an environment where violence is tolerated, funded and even rewarded”. But in his speeches in Jerusalem, made do with vague platitudes of how “both Israelis and Palestinians seek lives of hope for their children”. 

beleaguered :困難にあっている

Israeli and American officials insisted that in the closed talks in Jerusalem the president had insisted that he is serious about making peace. But for now at least, he seems to be content on letting the two sides work out the details for themselves. Many observers, perhaps naively, had expected some sign of increased pressure on Israel to make compromises, but Mr Trump gave no hint of that. 


The president did make one concession to the Palestinians, which will have come as a disappointment to the more right-wing elements in the ruling coalition. He pointedly ignored requests to recognise implicitly Israeli sovereignty over the eastern part of Jerusalem, captured 50 years ago next month (see article). Israeli officials were not invited to join him on a visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City. 


Neither did he show any indication of being ready to fulfil a campaign promise to move America’s embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Any such move would infuriate Mr Trump’s Sunni counterparts; and for once he preferred diplomatic orthodoxy to rocking the boat. Still, there was plenty in Mr Trump’s statements, during a visit that lasted little more than 24 hours, that was music to Mr Netanyahu’s ears. He extolled “the unbreakable spirit” and the accomplishments” of the “Jewish people”; and spoke of Israel and America’s “shared values”. He promised that although “Iran’s leaders routinely call for Israel’s destruction—not with Donald J. Trump. Believe me.” 


One name not being mentioned in Jerusalem was that of the former president, Barack Obama. Going off-script in one of his speeches, Mr Trump contrasted his support for Israel with the previous administration’s coolness, saying it was a “big, big, beautiful difference”. During Mr Obama’s administration, despite his rocky personal relationship with Mr Netanyahu and their deep disagreement over the nuclear deal with Iran, Israel enjoyed unprecedented levels of American military aid and intelligence-sharing. But the Obama administration also worked tirelessly to push forward the diplomatic process with the Palestinians, without result. The lavish praise and unspecific promises of Mr Trump mean that Mr Netanyahu can now give his heels a rest from digging in. 

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土曜日。今日は海野塾と出版記念パーティがある。「How to explain Major Controversial Issues of the Japanese Imperial army at WWll: 大東亜戦争における日本軍が行った問題に日本人は英語でどう答えるのか?」ではまた明日。

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