Trump changes his tune about Abbas – we think

In Trump we trust, but following the euphoria of his visit, it’s back to reality. 

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It appears that President Trump found out something we all knew – that Mahmoud Abbas is a scoundrel.  

Abbas, who has led the PA (Palestinian Authority) since 2005 with no end in sight, is likewise a terrorist and a liar who may finally have been exposed at least to one American president. So will President Trump act accordingly and desist from pressuring Israel to make deals with a man who is a total fraud? 

We don’t know. We don’t know from one day to the next.

One day Trump says, “I know Abbas wants peace.” That surprised the many of us who know the opposite. 

But days later we read that Trump has changed his mind – Abbas lied to him. Trump, it says, chewed him out after finding out that Abbas was guilty of incitement against the Jewish State – which, by the way, would only be Exhibit A if we were to name all his crimes against Israelis and Americans. 

So why is this news when everybody knows that through his Western-funded PA, Abbas glorifies and pays Arabs who murder Israeli civilians.

Trump did not know this? Where were his advisers? 

Or perhaps it’s that his pro-Israel ministers – Jared Kushner and US Ambassador David Friedman to UN Envoy Nikki Haley, to name three -- have a weaker say than National Security Adviser H. R. McMaster; a surprising pick if Trump truly intended to champion Israel as Obama never did. 

McMaster refuses to place the Western Wall in Israel. Yes, in Trump we trust, but following the euphoria of his visit, it’s back to reality. 

The first time they met, at the White House, there were smiles and handshakes all around between Trump and Abbas and it worried us. 

Trump was being deceived. 


Every Israeli prime minster wanted peace and to prove it, gone is the Sinai, gone is Gaza and gone are huge parts of Judea/Samaria.   
Next time, after Trump’s meeting with Abbas in Bethlehem, same story.  

Only this time Trump wanted Benjamin Netanyahu to join the “peace process” party. “I know that Netanyahu wants peace,” said Trump.

When did Bibi ever not want peace? Every Israeli prime minster wanted peace and to prove it, gone is the Sinai, gone is Gaza and gone are huge parts of Judea/Samaria.   

Plus why mention Abbas and Netanyahu in the same breath, except that something went terribly wrong in 1993; the Oslo Accords.

That’s where a gang of murderous irreconcilable misfits, the PLO, were placed on the same footing with the sovereign state of Israel. 

It’s been Equal Billing ever since and it’s what has caused so much disrespect for Israel. 

It’s why the world keeps saying “both sides” when one side, the Palestinians, have no paperwork to prove their rights to the Land and the Jews have the Bible. One side has no tradition to Jerusalem as its capital and the Jews have tradition going back 3,000 years to King David.

One side, Israel, keeps making concessions. The other side continues to engage in terror.

But the world ignores this and for Trump, well-meaning but still learning, it was only through habit that he would view “both sides” equally at fault for whatever conflict exists between the Palestinians and the Israelis – and to address the situation as something to be resolved between two delinquent kids fighting in the schoolyard. 

As if to say, “Patch it up you two, and learn to play well together.” 

Has this changed? If the latest headlines are correct, Trump has had a revelation. Perhaps Netanyahu set him wise. 

We’ll see what tomorrow’s headline brings.

New York-based bestselling American novelist Jack Engelhard writes regularly for Arutz Sheva. His books, including “The Bathsheba Deadline,” are available from Amazon and other retailers. Engelhard wrote the international bestseller “Indecent Proposal” and the award-winning Montreal memoir “Escape from Mount Moriah.” His latest is “News Anchor Sweetheart.” He is the recipient of the Ben Hecht Award for Literary Excellence. Website: www.jackengelhard.com








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