The Trump administration should provide strong, unequivocal support for the Palestinian people in conquering their most deadly enemy. No, that’s not the Israelis. It’s the gang of murderous thugs known as Hamas, the brutal Islamist fanatics who rule over Gaza. Hamas rejects all calls for negotiation, embraces terrorist violence as a holy cause, and rejects the idea of any sort of Jewish state, regardless of borders.
Until the Palestinian Authority manages to dislodge Hamas and to replace their rule with more responsible forces, any agreements with Israel would mean nothing. Why should Israelis make concessions to one faction of Palestinians, when the other faction insists on continuing the construction of terror tunnels and the launching of deadly rockets against kindergartens?
The Trump team will see that the only meaningful “two state solution” requires first turning the two Palestinian mini-states into a single, unified, functional entity that can pursue meaningful negotiations for peace and security.