Trump/Netanyahu at UN – a USA point of view

Both leaders spoke well, but has anything changed?

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Jack Engelhard,

Jack Engelhard
Jack Engelhard
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Yes, both leaders spoke well at Tuesday’s annual General Assembly, specifically as to the “great perils” from rogue regimes.

For President Trump that meant both North Korea and Iran. For Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Iran was mostly on his mind.

Trump offered Kim Jong-un an offer he’d better not refuse – behave or there’ll be “no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.”

Netanyahu did not go quite that far, but he mentioned the consequences if Iran keeps threatening Israel, as it does every day.

Israel’s prime minister delivered this "simple messages" for Iranian dictator Khameini. "The light of Israel will never be extinguished. Those who threaten us with annihilation put themselves in mortal peril." Amen to that. Netanyahu then echoed Trump’s remark about the Iran nuke deal, that it was an embarrassment, the worst deal ever made. 

Trump hinted that he might scuttle that unholy bargain that was engineered by Barack Hussein Obama and John Kerry.

So both leaders spoke well, but has anything changed?

For this observer, nothing counts unless America hears about it, and most Americans weren’t paying much attention.

First, North Korea is not yet a hot item around these parts. There’s football, baseball, then there’s the weather. Texas and Florida and further up and down people are still trying to recover from the hurricanes, and more are on the way, so Kim Jong-un and the ayatollahs will have to wait another day before we give a damn.

Then in the middle of it all, when Liberals began mounting an attack against Trump and Trump’s strong message at the UN, nature again intervened.

This time a massive earthquake hit Mexico City. Television immediately switched to that breaking news.


There was no mention at the UN of the Arab/Israeli conflict. Nothing about the Palestinian Authority. Nothing about Mahmoud Abbas and all the rest of them who are beginning to slide into oblivion.
There was no news for Netanyahu’s speech, or at least not much of anything so far as coverage. Is this good? I think so – yes. Because except for the usual, which Netanyahu pointed out as the UN’s crazed obsession against Israel – except for all that, nothing really special is going on between Israel and the Palestinian Arabs.

We can take that to mean that the Palestinian Arab cause, spoken as a peace process but actually a process meant to destroy the Jewish State – the Palestinian Arab cause has finally been marginalized. We have stopped caring about their complaints. It’s gotten old. They are no longer part of the big picture.

Indeed, between Trump and Netanyahu there was no mention at the UN of the Arab/Israeli conflict. Nothing about the Palestinian Authority. Nothing about Mahmoud Abbas and all the rest of them who are beginning to slide into oblivion. Nothing (thank goodness) about a two-state solution. 

Perhaps for that reason, nowhere on US TV could you find Netanyahu speaking at the UN. Neither CNN nor Fox News carried his message.

C-Span carried it but only five people watch that.

So far as Americans are concerned, Israel is at peace, thus no need for headlines, and if peace is not a fact, it is a prayer for both the United States and Israel.

New York-based bestselling American novelist Jack Engelhard writes regularly for Arutz Sheva. Engelhard wrote the international book-to-movie bestseller “Indecent Proposal” and the ground-breaking inside-journalism thriller “The Bathsheba Deadline.” 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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