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Thursday, May 18, 2017

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

When an unidentified high-ranking State Department official said that the Western Wall was not part of Israel — despite the wall’s having been indisputably in Israel proper for the past 50 years — there were immediate protests from not only Jews, but evangelical Christians as well. Now, to the dismay of those concerned about the security of Israel and its biblical and historical background, President Trump’s national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, is refusing to contradict this official’s ludicrous statement (“Top Trump aide won’t say if Western Wall is part of Israel,” Web, May 16).

If Mr. Trump thinks that the Palestinian Authority will be more forthcoming in negotiations because of this position, he is mistaken. Instead he has made a cardinal blunder in questioning whether the Western Wall lies in Israel, and this will only alienate the Jewish nation. Mr. Trump should remember that he received Jewish votes and funding of his campaign from Jews concerned about the security of Israel under a Clinton administration.


The present call from this administration appears not only to require impossible concessions from Israel, but also to be indicative of the administration’s future outline for a final “peace.” Nothing has changed in the current administration and I can see the return of former Secretary of State John Kerry with his “peace” plan at the expense of Israel.

NELSON MARANS

New York


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