Time for PM to be more Proactive with President Trump

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.

As an American watching Prime Minister Netanyahu from across the ocean, it is time to get more proactive with the Trump Administration. With the confirmation of David Friedman as Ambassador to Israel, the Prime Minister has enough friends to change the course of history.

It is up to the Prime Minister to make things happen. He no longer has a nemesis in the White House. President Trump has always been a friend and wants to be the best friend Israel ever had in the White House. This is obvious to anyone who can see straight. His appointment of David Friedman alone, who should be congratulated on his recent confirmation, should make everyone realize that the President wants seriously to do the right thing by the Jewish State.

This opportunity should not be squandered. It is rare and precious. Much can be done quietly but it must be done. First and foremost, the Iran nuclear threat must be neutralized. The President and the Prime Minister seem to be totally in synch on this crucial issue. Mixed messages are emanating from the White House on building in Judea and Samaria. On Feb. 15th President Trump told Mr. Netanyahu, "I'd like to see you hold back on Settlements for a little bit." The President obviously is still formulating his policies. It is up to the Prime Minister to bring him up to speed. He must tell the President that even President Obama could not work with Mahmoud Abbas. Abbas continues to incite terror.

Even if the President reads him the riot act, Abbas will not bring Peace. Israel gave up on Abbas a long time ago. The Prime Minister should remind President Trump that President Bill Clinton said of Abbas' boss, Yasser Arafat soon after Camp David in 2000 when Arafat called Clinton a great man, Clinton responded, "the Hell I am." "I'm a colossal failure, and you made me one." Both Arafat and Abbas have not been true peace partners. If not handled correctly, Abbas can be an albatross.

The President should be encouraged to move the embassy to Jerusalem in honor of Israel's 50th anniversary of its reunification. Indeed the President should have a groundbreaking ceremony on May 24th -Jerusalem Day. this would be a fitting fulfillment of his campaign promise. The Prime Minister should facilitate this.

The Prime Minister should do everything he can to reclaim our Holy Sites including Joseph's Tomb. It is an utter embarrassment that Moses went to such great lengths to bring Joseph out of Egypt only for the Jewish People to surrender it as part of the Oslo Accords. The Prime Minister must bring back the remains of Hadar Goldin killed after the ceasefire had begun after Operation Protective Edge. The Prime Minister has tremendous influence over Congress and the President. He has earned great respect from the whole world. It is his moment to fulfill all of his dreams and the dreams of his People. He must be more proactive in order to do so.