Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Miles from the Mainstream
D. R. ZUKERMAN, proprietor

On Normalizing Mideast Relations

September 19, 2020 --

So President Trump has found an unconventional way to bring peace to Israel and Arab States: work from the outside in, rather than focus on bringing the Palesitnians to the table.  Another observation linked the White House ceremony, September 15, normalizing relations between Israel and United Arab Emirate and Bahrain to President Trump's policy of bringing U.S. military forces home, leaving the Sunnin Arab states to draw closer to Israel vis-a-vis Shiite Iran and its encroachment ambitions.

True, the UAE and Bahrain were not independent countries in 148, when five Arab states invaded Israel, nor were they independent at the time of the military campaigns of 1956 and 1967. The UAE and Bahrain gained independence in the early 1970's, but their small Jewish populations were victims of rioting coinciding with the battles of 1948 and 1967.  Now Israels will be traveling to these Arab states for business and tourism; indeed it appears that relations between Israel and the UAE and Bahrain will be warmer than the cold peace between Israel and Jordan and Egypt.

And there should be no denying that President Trump made this happen.  If President Trump were a Democrat, LPR has no doubt his re-election would be regarded by the media as a sure thing, made inevitable by the Abraham Accords signed just a few days before the Jewish New Year. 

One thing is clear: President Trump has made a mockery of past claims that pursuing policies favorable to Israel will destabilize the Middle East and harm U.S. national interests.

Seventy-seven years ago, the U.S.  representative in Israel, James MacDonald,  complained to presidential adviser Clark Clifford that the State Department's policy of letting the Arabs "call the tune" was unproductive.  MacDonald was right in August 1948, and President Trump's actions, August and September 2020, prove how wrong were the Arabist policies MacDonald fought, more than three-quarters of a century ago.   It is fair to speculate that had President Trump been in office at an earlier time, the Arab-Israel conflict would not have lasted 75 years.   And the Rejectionists smear the president as an anti-Semite!