Trump peace plan leaks (Christians in Defense of Israel)

From the desk of Mat Staver
Christians in Defense of Israel

What I just learned has me very concerned. Before I share it, I want you to know I would dearly love to see peace come to the Middle East. 

That’s what President Trump’s long-awaited peace plan is all about. He wants to do the “deal of the century,” as he calls it, to resolve the bitter conflict. And I hope he is able to pull it off. He already surprised the world on North Korea.

But new information puts Trump’s push for Mideast peace in doubt.

Trump sent his Mideast peace envoys, Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt, to the region this week to discuss the plan, which is not yet public, in Arab capitals and Jerusalem. The two men, who are lead architects of the Trump plan, visited Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Qatar, and Israel on their whirlwind tour. On Monday, Trump talks with Jordan’s King Abdullah at the White House.

Momentum for the plan is clearly building. But if a recent leak is true, Trump’s peace plan is already heading down the wrong road.

+ + Peace plan leak signals wrong direction

The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, a well-respected Israeli think tank, revealed details of the plan Thursday. Citing unnamed senior Palestinian Authority sources who learned about the plan from Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, the JCPA reported these details about the proposal:

“the Gaza Strip will be declared an independent state together with parts of the West Bank, excluding east Jerusalem and the Temple Mount. The Palestinian capital will be located in the Jerusalem suburb of Abu Dis, along with several Arab neighborhoods in northern Jerusalem.” 

You may or may not be familiar with all this geography, but here’s the bottom line. If this leak is correct, Trump’s peace plan calls for Israel to surrender land God gave to Israel — “parts of the West Bank,” for example — in exchange for peace.

It’s a formula called “land for peace” or the “two-state solution.” And it has me highly concerned. I explain the reasons in my new booklet, Why the Two-State Solution Won’t Work . . . But What Could. I invite you to request this booklet when you give today to defend Israel through the work of Christians in Defense of Israel. 

+ + Tell me what you think about “land for peace” 

I also want to hear from you. What do you think? Should Israel give up land for peace? Should Jerusalem remain the undivided capital of Israel? 

Tell me what you think when you respond to our quick “Middle East Peace” survey.  It takes just two minutes and your answers to this short and easy survey will be collected and forwarded to the White House. That’s important because President Trump and his team need to hear from friends of Israel like you now as his peace plans nears its release. 

Please take a moment to answer this short “Middle East Peace” survey. 

And I hope you’ll also request my new booklet, Why the Two-State Solution Won’t Work . . . But What CouldIt’s a timely look at the Arab-Israeli impasse that highlights key factors blocking peace in the Middle East. But it also points to a possible solution. I think you’ll find it fascinating. 

+ + Learn why the “two-state solution” won’t work

My new booklet, Why the Two-State Solution Won’t Work . . . But What Could, shows you

    • Why every attempt since 1937 to swap land for peace between Jews and Arabs has proven fruitless, even catastrophic  
    • Why Palestinian leaders reject peace, even when offered almost everything they ask for 
    • What David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first prime minister, considered the ultimate basis for the Jewish people’s claim to their ancient homeland 
    • What Ben-Gurion said about “land for peace” as a pathway to resolving the Israeli/Palestinian conflict 
    • What God Himself says about giving up His land to others
  • The surprising interactions between an African man of God and two recent Israeli prime ministers. The preacher warned them not to swap “land for peace.” They did and you’ll be intrigued by what followed 

I invite you to request my new booklet, Why the Two-State Solution Won’t Work . . . But What Could when you respond with a gift of support to bless and defend Israel through the work of Christians in Defense of Israel.

And please take a moment to respond to our “Middle East Peace” survey!

Thank you for your friendship and your love for Israel!

Mat Staver, President
Christians in Defense of Israel