- - Wednesday, April 10, 2019

With Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu owing election victory to a coalition of conservative parties, the question of continuing settlements in Judea and Samaria has been resolved in the favor of continuation of this activity (“Netanyahu secures path to victory in Israeli election, although corruption allegations remain,” Web, April 10). Whether the decision will sit favorably with the Trump administration and its support for Israel will become the uppermost concern that remains to be seen.

With the Trump peace plan designed to be unveiled after the election, for obvious political reasons, the general outlines have included actions to appease Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and other PA leaders, thus bringing into conflict the governments of Israel and the official position of the United States. Hopefully a decision will not be required, as the Palestinian Authority adheres to a non-negotiable position of the return of all of the descendants of those who chose to leave in the Arab 1948 war to destroy Israel.

However, on balance the victory of Mr. Netanyahu is also one for Donald Trump and for our president’s favorable actions toward the Jewish state.

NELSON MARANS

New York



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