What Israel and Palestine Can Learn from Trump's The Art of the Deal

Two-state solution advocates recently received a boost when President Donald Trump hosted Palestinian Authority (P.A.) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas at the White House. Abbas's urging of Trump to restart Israeli-Palestinian negotiations from the offer made by former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is like a seductive siren song to the perpetually hopeful. According to the latest edition of the official Palestinian narrative, the differences between Jerusalem and Ramallah on borders narrowed a great deal during the 2008 peace talks. Indeed, had Olmert not left politics, so goes the P.A.'s view of recent diplomatic history, it would have been possible to reach an agreement on the borders, as well as bridge all the other gaps.   Let's assume that Abbas would have agreed to Olmert's offer, which included Israel's return to the 1967 borders with 6.3% of the West Bank annexed to Israel, territory swaps, safe passage between the West Bank and Gaza Strip, all...(Read Full Article)