- Trump: Palestinians must stop the hate if they want peace
- U.S. in talks with Arab countries to form defense body that would counter Iran, ISIS
- India launches Israeli nanosatellites into space
- History of Earth’s magnetic field exposed in ancient Judean pottery
“They’re taught tremendous hate. I’ve seen what they’re taught,” said the President, adding that such acculturation “starts at a very young age and it starts in the school room.” Many Palestinian educational materials glamorize Hitler and the killing of Jews (not to mention the destruction of Israel).
Trump also indicated a shift in American policy towards an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement. Rather than insisting on a two-state solution, as his two immediate predecessors did as official policy, Trump was more ambivalent, stating, “I’m looking at two-state and one-state, and I like the one that both parties like.” The key takeaway from Trump’s remarks was that ultimately it will be up to the two parties to negotiate and come up with the solution they find best.
His meeting in Washington with Netanyahu was the earliest of its kind—no administration has met with the Israeli premier so soon into its term.
An Arab diplomat told the Journal, “They’ve been asking diplomatic missions in Washington if we’d be willing to join this force that has an Israeli component. Israel’s role would be intelligence sharing, not training or boots on the ground. They’d provide intelligence and targets. That’s what the Israelis are good at.” The Journal continued, “In talks with administration officials over the past two weeks, Emirati and Saudi officials have expressed admiration for Israeli security and intelligence capabilities, tacitly agreeing to pool intelligence with the Israelis if the alliance is formed.” Saudi Maj. Gen. Ahmed Asiri said, “With Israel, we don’t have official relations…[But] the Israelis are facing the same Iranian threat, exactly like us.”
The Arab countries have reportedly said they would welcome “overt cooperation with Israel” if the latter halts settlement construction, and such cooperation would also be contingent upon the U.S. not moving its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has often mentioned warmer relations between Israel and Arab countries. On Wednesday, during a joint press conference with President Donald Trump at the White House, Netanyahu said, “For the first time in Israel’s lifetime and my lifetime, Arab countries in the region do not see Israel as an enemy but as an ally.”
One of the Israeli satellites—slightly larger than a milk carton—will study climate change and scientific phenomena from space. It was developed by Ben Gurion University in collaboration with the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and the Ministry of Science, Technology and Space, and will be the first time that any Israeli university will have access to data from an Israeli nanosatellite for research purposes.
Indian-Israeli ties are steadily growing closer. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is planning a trip to Israel in 2017—the first ever of its kind. The announcement came last month after the two countries celebrated 25 years of diplomatic relations.