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Donald Trump and the Middle East

February 4, 2017

Trump may end up being even better than I ever imagined he might be. This is from Caroline Glick and titled, The Trump way of winning the war. “Winning the war” here means bringing a lasting peace to the Middle East.

The PLO is disoriented, panicked and hysterical. Speaking to Newsweek this week, Saeb Erekat, PLO chief Mahmoud Abbas’s chief conduit to Israel and the Americans, complained that since President Donald Trump was sworn into office, no administration official had spoken to them.

“I don’t know any of them [Trump’s advisers]. We have sent them letters, written messages. They don’t even bother to respond to us.”

The Trump administration’s shunning of the PLO is a marked departure from the policies of its predecessor. For former president Barack Obama, together with Iran, the Palestinians were viewed as the key players in the Middle East. Abbas was the first foreign leader Obama called after taking office.

Erekat’s statement reveals something that is generally obscured. Despite its deep support in Europe, the UN and the international Left, without US support, the PLO is irrelevant.

Irrelevancy may yet lead to accommodation. Trump is on the right side in the great ideological war of our time, and he may even have the strategy to win it. I have always believed that The Great Man theory of history was where the balance of the truth lay, and we are seeing it again. Trump is indispensable.

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