On his radio show Monday, conservative pundit and constitutional lawyer Mark Levin expressed "great frustration" at signals from the White House that President Trump is abandoning his promise to move the American embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. "This is turning into Obama 2.0," said Levin.
Responding to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's "abomination" of an interview Sunday on "Meet the Press," in which he discussed the administration's attempts to negotiate a peace deal with the Palestinians, Levin said it sure sounds like Trump, after having campaigned "vigorously" on the promise that he would relocate the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, was now wavering on that promise. Levin made clear that he fears Trump is faltering on his commitment to steadfastly back Israel and adopting the same naive approach as the Obama administration.
"I've been watching with great frustration and concern how he appears to be in the middle of betraying that promise," said Levin. "And I hope this isn't becoming a habit or pattern."
Levin then ripped another key player in the administration, "military bureaucrat" National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster, for "using the language of the PLO and Hamas" in referencing ancient Jewish lands.
Thus far, Trump appears to be letting "the swamp" infect his thinking on Israel, said Levin. Trump "unequivocally" promised to move the embassy, yet now he is wavering. "This is hugely important from a symbolic point of view, and it has real-world effect, too," said the host.
The issue, as Tillerson revealed, is the administration's belief they can negotiate a peace deal, but Levin dismissed that naive hope. "In many respects a two-state solution is a final solution for Israel," he said.
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Following a commercial break, Levin played the audio of Tillerson's interview (see below). According to the secretary of state, the move of the embassy is now connected to a negotiation of a two-state solution, explained Levin. "Is this a joke?" he asked.
"As my buddy Ben Shapiro put it at The Daily Wire," said Levin, "'Oh, so now it's blackmail." Either the Israelis participate in a peace initiative, or no move.
"This is turning into Obama 2.0," said Levin. "This is turning in to a mess."
As The Daily Wire reported Monday, Tillerson signaled to NBC's Chuck Todd on Sunday that Trump's promise of moving the U.S. embassy was on hold after Trump spoke with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas.
"The president has recently expressed his view that he wants to put a lot of effort into seeing if we cannot advance a peace initiative between Israel and Palestine," said Tillerson. "And so, I think in large measure the president is being very careful to understand how such a decision would impact a peace process."
Tillerson’s calls for another go at the peace process come just one week after Trump’s meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. The president will continue his dialogue with the Palestinian leader this week during his first trip abroad as Commander-in-Chief.
With plans to meet with both Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in their own territories, Trump will likely attempt to impose another American-led peace initiative on the two warring parties.