• Abbas’s About Face — and Other Unexpected Reactions Trump’s Middle East Plan

    Surge Summary: The Trump Administration is defying what has been the “conventional” wisdom regarding a solution to the problems in the Middle East – and some surprising reactions are emerging from significant players, including the United Nations and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

    by Gary Bauer

    The Trump/Pence peace plan has dramatically changed the landscape in the Middle East.  Multiple Arab/Muslim nations did not reflexively condemn the plan.  Quite the contrary, several issued positive statements and are urging the Palestinians to come to the negotiating table.

    By the way, where are the mobs in the Arab street condemning the peace proposal?  Once again, just like moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, the “conventional wisdom” was all wrong.

    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, apparently thinking Barack Obama was still president, came up with the really bad idea of going to the United Nations to get a vote to condemn the plan.  The White House immediately informed various U.N. member states that such a vote would not be looked upon favorably in Washington, D.C.

    Yesterday, Abbas suddenly withdrew his request for a vote after discovering there was a good chance he might lose at the U.N.

    Ambassador Ron Prosor, a former Israeli representative to the U.N., said, “The Palestinians’ inability to put forward a vote tonight shows the change that the international community has gone through in recent years.”

    How many times have you heard the left and its media allies claim, “America is alone, isolated with no allies all because of Donald Trump”?  Well, they’re wrong.  This is a tremendous victory, and, of course, the media are completely ignoring it.

    The views here are those of the author and not necessarily Daily Surge.

    Originally posted here

    Image: Donald Trump and Mahmoud Abbas/May/2017; Adapted from: The White House from Washington, DC – Foreign Leader Visits, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=59119023

    Gary Lee Bauer is an American politician and activist, who served in the Reagan administration. He later became president of the Family Research Council and a senior vice president of Focus on the Family. In 2000, he participated in the Republican presidential contest.


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