Trump Blasts Abbas

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by Stephen Lendman
Trump represents Anglo-Zionist interests, responsible for endless imperial wars, conquest, colonization, resource control, exploitation of millions and dominance – creating nightmarish conditions worldwide.
Palestinian rights don’t matter. Like his predecessors, Trump’s notion of conflict resolution is continued subjugation under occupation.
US and Israeli lip service support for Palestinian self-determination is pure deception. Their regimes reject it, other than isolated cantons on worthless scrubland – fantasy statehood.
Despite US media reports otherwise, Trump’s meeting with Abbas in Bethlehem was hostile, not cordial.
According to Israel’s Channel 2, the Times of Israel, and Israel National News, Trump angrily yelled at Abbas during their talks, saying:
“You tricked me in DC! You talked there about your commitment to peace, but the Israelis showed me your involvement in incitement.”
Reportedly several minutes of silence followed his outburst, Abbas and other Palestinian officials with him momentarily nonplussed on how to react before things calmed down and talks continued.
Speaking to reporters after their meeting, Trump praised Abbas,  saying he “committed to taking firm but necessary steps to fight terrorism and confront its hateful ideology.”
“I am committed to trying to achieve a peace agreement between the Israelis and the Palestinians, and I intend to do everything I can to help them achieve that goal.” 
“President Abbas assures me he is ready to work toward that goal in good faith, and Prime Minister Netanyahu has promised the same. I look forward to working with these leaders toward a lasting peace.”
Trump and Netanyahu consider vital resistance against ruthless Israeli occupation “incitement” and “terrorism” – demanding Abbas crack down harder on his own people.
Hoped for conflict resolution depends on firm resistance, a universal right against tyranny. Without it, endless occupation and slow-motion genocide will continue.
On Monday, Israel National News headlined “ ‘Netanyahu no longer supports two-state solution,’ “ saying:
Senior Likud minister/close Netanyahu ally Tzachi Hanegbi told Army Radio he and Netanyahu “never backed the two-state solution.”
In 2015, Netanyahu said Palestinians “emptied (a two-state solution) of content,” Hanegbi claimed. “Under the conditions they want…it is simply not something we can consider. There is no partner for an agreement.”
Palestinians want long denied equity and justice, including an end to occupation, statehood within June 1967 borders, 22% of historic Palestinian, with East Jerusalem their exclusive capital, along with control over their resources and right of diaspora people to return to their homeland as guaranteed under international law.
Israel opposes all of the above, wanting all valued Judea and Samaria land exclusively for Jews, Palestinian rights denied – giving them a choice between permanent occupation, subjugation and exploitation, endless conflict, or both.
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Stephen Lendman
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Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.