President Donald Trump voiced optimism today about a peace accord between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, but Florida Sen. Marco Rubio said he’s not optimistic.
“The Palestinians are ready to reach for peace. I know you’ve heard it before. I am telling you, that’s what I do, they are ready to reach for peace,” Trump said today in Jerusalem.
But Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, appearing this morning on CNN, said he doesn’t see it happening.
“I think it’s a noble endeavor. Every American president has tried it and there’s a reason why it doesn’t happen. And let me say, the Israelis would love to have peace,” Rubio said.
But Rubio said some definitions of “peace” aren’t acceptable to Israel or the U.S.
“If peace means that Israel can no longer retain its nature as a Jewish state, if peace means they have to give up control of Jerusalem, if that’s peace, that’s not peace. That’s not going to happen,” Rubio said.
“The Palestinian people I have no quarrel with. But from the Palestinian leadership’s perspective, I don’t think their definition of peace fits within what most of us, at least here in Congress and in the United States, would define as peace and that’s always been the problem.”
Added Rubio: “I hope I’m wrong. I hope that there is an agreement that everyone can live with. But I’m not very optimistic.”