The administration’s dumpster fire of a policy is apparently a “peace plan,” at least according to the House subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa recent hearing on “Israel, the Palestinians, and the Administration’s Peace Plan.” There was a sharp partisan split between Republicans on the Committee who thought Trump was doing awesome and bringing us closer to peace, and Democrats who mocked the administration’s incoherent policy that’s making things worse. But that was the only difference as Republicans and Democrats on the subcommittee quickly came together in their adoration for peace-loving Israel, and disgust for the terror-loving Palestinians (watch them unite here). Oh, wait, sorry, that last link is actually an SNL skit mocking congressional pandering on Israel. It really is hard to tell parody from reality on this, here is the real hearing (sorry for the error). As for the witnesses at the hearing, they were SO diverse! They ranged from the pro-Israel think tank WINEP all the way to the pro-Israel think tank Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD). At the center of this great witness spectrum was Ambassador Dan Shapiro, who said this: “While I’ve had many, many profound disagreements with the Trump Administration on a wide range of issues, the issue that concerns me the least is their effort to advance Israeli-Palestinian peace.” Yes, Trump’s extreme decisions on this issue, from Jerusalem to settlements, and cutting UNRWA funding, are just not that concerning in the big scheme of things. They’re all at the expense of Palestinians after all, and those people’s rights simply don’t count when it comes to peace. Like we said, not worth hearing.

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