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Sunday, January 07, 2018

Arabs don't care about Jerusalem

For all its pretension, prestige, and Pulitzers, the New York Times knows less about the Middle East than I do. And the closest I ever came to the Middle East was one night in Fulda.

Its breaking story this weekend was "Tapes Reveal Egyptian Leaders’ Tacit Acceptance of Jerusalem Move."

Anyone paying attention already knew this, but OK, it is nice for the American press to acknowledge this.

Far from stopping the peace process, President Trump's call to move our embassy to Jerusalem is recognition that the Arabs and the Jews no longer are at war. Muslim terrorists still are, of course, but the Arabs are working to rid the world -- or at least Arabia -- of this threat.

Trump wants to move the embassy? Why should the Arabs care?

Israel is not the problem. Terrorists are.

From the New York Times:
As President Trump moved last month to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, an Egyptian intelligence officer quietly placed phone calls to the hosts of several influential talk shows in Egypt.
“Like all our Arab brothers,” Egypt would denounce the decision in public, the officer, Capt. Ashraf al-Kholi, told the hosts.
But strife with Israel was not in Egypt’s national interest, Captain Kholi said. He told the hosts that instead of condemning the decision, they should persuade their viewers to accept it. Palestinians, he suggested, should content themselves with the dreary West Bank town that currently houses the Palestinian Authority, Ramallah.
“How is Jerusalem different from Ramallah, really?” Captain Kholi asked repeatedly in four audio recordings of his telephone calls obtained by The New York Times.
“Exactly that,” agreed one host, Azmi Megahed, who confirmed the authenticity of the recording.
The tape is real. We know this because of what Donald Trump did last May.

He flew Air Force One from Riyahd to Ben Gurion Airport in Lod, Israel.

No one had done that before.

The two nations officially do not recognize one another. It would have been an affront to the Saudis before if after receiving President Trump like a hero Trump flew to Israel in defiance of the Saudis.

He did so with their tacit approval.

Not only that but the Saudis openly embraced and honored Trump's Jewish daughter and son-in-law.


The 21st century called asking when the hell is the American press going to arrive.

The cries from the lefties about how moving the embassy ended the peace process were the sound of ignorance. They are stuck in the 1960s.

Since the Yom Kippur War ended in 1973, the Arabs have had no desire to engage in battle with Israel again. Defeat ends the taste for war.

Israel took out Saddam Hussein's nuclear program on June 7, 1981. Did anyone go to war?

In the post-Obama world, the Arabs and Israel are working together, albeit secretly. This may go back to the Bush years. Why? Because neither side can count on the United States as an ally.

Obama ended that trust when he childishly made Bibi Netanyahu wait while he and his family dined.

People saw that and said if an American president can humiliate a long-time ally like that, why should we expect better treatment?

The diplomatic dance here is carefully choreographed, and to its credit, the Times described it well:
King Salman of Saudi Arabia, arguably the most influential Arab state, also publicly denounced Mr. Trump’s decision.
At the same time, though, the kingdom had already quietly signaled its acquiescence or even tacit approval of the Israeli claim to Jerusalem. Days before Mr. Trump’s announcement, the Saudi crown prince, Mohamed bin Salman, privately urged the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, to accept a radically curtailed vision of statehood without a capital in East Jerusalem, according to Palestinian, Arab and European officials who have heard Mr. Abbas’s version of events.
Saudi Arabia publicly disputed those reports.

Here are your winnings, Captain Renault.

Salman has enough problems of his own to worry about for him to care where we put our embassy.


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  1. Amazing what kind of diplomatic success you can have when your leader doesn't shit on your friends and pay Danegeld to your enemies.

  2. "If wise men give up the use of power, what madmen will seize it, what fanatics?"

    - Charles DeGaulle

    1. Madmen and fanatics like Charles deGaulle.

  3. Lots of lucrative jobs will go away if peace comes to the Middle East - particularly in and around Israel. Starting with those of terrorist leaders, spokespeople, and highly paid experts in the US State Department; along with hordes of think tank experts that write articles/books and show up on TV talk shows as "experts".

    Yasser Arafat rejected all peace proposals in the same way that Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton work against the black community assimilating in America. These scumbags learned that conflict keeps them in power, wealth, and celebrity. These are not states- men with good intentions. They are not about to shut down their gravy train without a fight.


    - Ken

  4. I had to look up captain Renault even though I finally watched Casablanca for the first time last month.


    1. There's a reason (and a lot more of them) why that movie is a classic. (I'll round up the usual suspects.)

  5. Arafat walked away from the best deal the Palestinians will ever get: almost all of the West Bank and East Jerusalem as their capital. As Abba Eban said, "The Palestinians have never missed an opportunity to miss an opportunity." - GOC

  6. I'm all for the decision to pull our funding from the Pali "refugee" effort.
    I'm also all for pulling ALL funding the US provides to the Philistines directly, through funding through NGOs, or funding through the UN.
    Their leadership is a pox on mankind.
    They were funded by the Soviets as a thorn in our side, then their leadership could make a pretty good living by being the beneficiaries of "charities."

    1. ...then the leadership realized they could...