Benyamin Netanyahu has spoiled Abu Mazen’s party. On Wednesday evening, the Palestinian president left the summit in Jordan with a smile in his face, convinced that his position was stronger.
He had just gotten clear support from the Arab League to the two-state solution and sharp opposition to transferring the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, as Donald Trump proposed during his campaign. He had also prevented amendments to the plan adopted in Beirut in 2002 — that peace between Arabs and Israel could only be achieved with the withdrawal of Israel from all the territories occupied in 1967 — meant to make it more palatable to the Israeli government. He got what he hoped to present next month at the White House, with the support of countries — like Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Jordan — that the United States considers its main Arab allies.
But on Thursday, Netanyahu reminded him that statements at the Arab summit are just ink on paper while he, the strongest party, controls the facts on the ground. “I had promised that I would found a new (colonial) settlement,” he said. “I had made this commitment last December, and I keep it now.”