Former U.S. President Donald Trump was never planning to give the Palestinians a state, his former ambassador told JNS.

In an interview with Ellie Cohanim, former U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman says that former President Donald Trump understood that Israel has only “held onto land” when it was essential for the country’s security and “where the land represents the biblical history of the Jewish people.”

Trump’s “Peace for Prosperity” Mideast plan had new territorial dimensions, which gave the Palestinians a significant amount of incremental territory, he said. But when push came to shove: “Would they have a state in the traditional sense? No, they would not.”

Friedman’s new book, Sledgehammer: How Breaking with the Past Brought Peace to the Middle East was recently published by HarperCollins.

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It also airs on the Jewish Broadcasting Service (JBS).

About Global Perspectives with Ellie Cohanim:
“Global Perspectives” is Jewish News Syndicate’s newest production. Join former U.S. Deputy Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism at the U.S. Department of State Ellie Cohanim, as she hosts some of the most important geopolitical conversations taking place in the Jewish world today. Cohanim, a sought-after speaker in her own right, interviews heads of state, policymakers, thought leaders and activists, in frank and open discussions.


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