Time to Downgrade Abbas Expectations

Dr. Joseph Frager,

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Dr. Joseph Frager
The writer is a leading American pro-Israel activist who sponsors and coordinates many Zionist events. He is clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine (Gastroenterology & Liver Diseases) at the Einstein School of Medicine as well as a practicing physician.

Henry Kissinger told a member of President Trump's associates that one of the major differences between the last eight years under President Obama and the first 148 days of the Trump Administration is that the leaders of the world that need to fear President Trump do indeed fear him. This is a major deterrent in and of itself.

North Korea may thumb their nose at the United States at every turn but there is trepidation. It is under the surface. It is the unspoken word.

President Obama did not gain the release of Otto Warmbler, President Trump did.(President Trump has just begun to avenge what the North Koreans did to this innocent young man.) The duplicity of Qatar which I have railed against (see my article entitled "Qatar-State Sponsor of Terrorism" 9/21/14-INN) is finally getting unmasked.

You are either with the President or you are against the President. You can't have it both ways. Qatar is learning quickly. Fear is the most important attribute when dealing with countries throughout the Middle East. Iran is having apoplexy about now. Stronger sanctions have just been reapplied ("snapped back") by Congress. The President and his Defense Secretary consider Iran the main problem child in the world today.

They intend to fix the problem. Their patience is running thin. According to Ambassador Bolton the Iranians continue to break every part of the Obama Iran Deal. However, missile launches have diminished considerably and have virtually stopped thanks to warnings from the Trump Administration. The Iranians are afraid of President Trump. It is clear to see. President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu agree that Iran has a limited time to comply with the Iran Deal or else. This type of prioritization is essential to a successful Presidency. The Abbas initiative on the other hand should be much less of a priority. The President has set mile high goals for a durable peace between Israel and the PLO.

He is planning a "Madrid" type summit in the fall. His expectations should be downgraded. The Trump Administration has already invested too much time and effort in working with Mahmoud Abbas. Just like there is "fake news" there are "false narratives". Abbas represents the latter. Virtually every possible deal has been discussed with him. He is a recalcitrant terrorist disguised in a suit and tie. The President is getting the wrong advice on Abbas.

Other approaches being discussed including involving Jordan and Egypt in maintaining security in Arab lived in areas of Judea and Samaria are rife with problems. Israel should be allowed to finish Hamas off once and for all and reestablish its cities in Gaza that were surrendered in 2005. Israel should be allowed to build in not just pre-existing towns in Judea and Samaria but in areas that were planned a long time ago but shelved because of the so-called peace process.

The President has his hands full. In terms of prioritization he should let Israel grow and expand like any other country in the world unhindered and unshackled. Abbas will take too much of his mental energy and only cause trouble. Israel will make peace when the Arabs finally decide to recognize Israel's right to exist and develop, recognize the reality of Israel's G-d given success, the failure of Islamic terrorism, and impossible demands. I have faith the President will come to the same conclusion.