US President Donald Trump has said that Israel’s Prime Minister “in a few years will be called Mohammed” if a one-state policy prevails in Israel-Palestine.
Trump allegedly made the comments to Jordan’s King Abdullah while the latter visited the White House in late June. King Abdullah allegedly told Trump that
“Many young Palestinians don’t want the two-state solution anymore, but would rather live together with the Israelis in one state with equal rights for all. The result will be that Israel will lose its Jewish character”.
— The Hill (@thehill) August 20, 2018
In response, Trump then replied,
“What you say makes sense. [In a one-state scenario,] the prime minister of Israel in a few years will be called Mohammed.”
The pair also discussed Trump’s pending Middle East peace plan dubbed the “deal of the century”. The details of the deal have not yet been made public, nor it seems have they been discussed with regional leaders. During the meeting, King Abdullah reportedly stressed that:
“In order for the peace plan to be acceptable, it must be presented first to the relevant European and Arab states in order to get their input,” but complained that this “still hasn’t happened”.
— Nice Puppy (@searchworld10) August 19, 2018
King Abdullah also cautioned that now was not the right time to present a deal, to which Trump replied “if my administration can’t reach a deal, no administration will be able to”, the Jerusalem Post reported.
Though the meeting took place in late June, the comments have only emerged this weekend and were first reported by Israel’s Channel 10. The channel said its report “had been confirmed by an Israeli and a former US official who had both been briefed on the White House meeting,” the Times of Israel reported.
King Abdullah of Jordan warned Trump in June that many young Palestinians would prefer to live together with Israelis in one state with equal rights for all, Trump replied sarcastically would mean Israeli PM "in a few years will be called Mohammed"https://t.co/DuhMLQDU1F pic.twitter.com/1hZRm4zhAT
— Bruce Baird (@drbairdonline) August 19, 2018
Although the comments were seemingly said in jest, Trump was likely referring to the fear of demographic balance that preoccupies Israel: any such state would not yield a Jewish majority. High Palestinian and declining Jewish birth rates would also exacerbate this phenomenon in the near future.
Israel’s attempts to entrench the Jewish character of the State have come under scrutiny in light of the controversial nation-state law passed in July.
— Palestine Chronicle (@PalestineChron) August 19, 2018
The law, which officially declares Israel a Jewish state and strips Arabic of its status as a national language, has drawn the ire of Israel’s minorities, particularly the Druze community who have for decades remained loyal to the State and undertaken military service in the army. The move was also denounced as apartheid by both critics and former supporters of Israel.
(MEMO, PC, Social Media)