Israel’s Channel 10 claims the US president made the prediction half-jokingly after Abdullah warned that many young Palestinians now want “one state with equal rights.”
“I want to advance a peace agreement in the Middle East, because if my administration cannot achieve a deal, no administration will be able to.”
— US President Donald Trump
US President Donald Trump reportedly told Jordan’s King Abdullah II at the White House a few weeks ago that, in the absence of a negotiated solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Israel will have a prime minister named Mohammed in a few years time.
Trump’s reported remark was detailed on Sunday night by Israel’s Channel 10 news, which described it as “sarcastic” and “semi-jocular,” but also as containing a grain of truth. The TV channel said its report had been confirmed by an Israeli and a former US official who had both been briefed on the White House meeting, but that the White House and the Jordanian Embassy in Washington, DC, have refused to comment on it.
According to Channel 10’s Barak Ravid, who later Sunday posted an English version of his story on the Axios website where he cited unnamed “French diplomats” as his source, the US president’s face-to-face comment to Abdullah was in turn relayed by the Jordanian king to the French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves le Drian, during a meeting they had in Amman on Aug 2.
Relating for Le Drian his White House conversation with the US president in late June, Abdullah reportedly said he had told Trump, “Many young Palestinians don’t want the two-state solution anymore, but would rather live together with the Israelis in one state with equal rights for all . . . . The result will be that Israel will lose its Jewish character.”