He used to wonder how it is that 150 countries that make up the majority of the modern world and vote against Israel consistently in the UN General Assembly are wrong, and the few, maybe 20 or so, countries that vote with Israel are right.
That was the sentiment expressed more than a few times by a former secretary-general of the United Nations, Kofi Anan. Sure, he was pro-Arab and anti-Israel more than anything else, but still, as much as he may have tried on occasion, he could not get past the math.
Whether it is or was the General Assembly, the Human Rights Council, or UNESCO, regardless of the subject or focus, at the end of the process the overwhelming vote was against Israel.
Taking that reality into consideration eases our ability to understand what it means to be President Trump these days. Over the Shavuos holiday, the news coverage dealt with the president’s plan to host—and maybe we can say to star—in a July 4th celebration outside of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC.
The mainstream press is treating the plan as if Mr. Trump is not intending to celebrate July 4 but rather is attempting to commandeer or steal the celebration.
Mr. Trump is the president of the United States. Which American personality should be at the center stage of this great American celebration if not the president? Protesting the idea can only take place if after almost two and a half years you still fail to recognize the fact that Mr. Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election.
It is an odd thing, but this is not dissimilar to the way in which the same mainstream press deals with the sovereign country and only real democracy in the Middle East—Israel.
So is it any shock or surprise that Trump likes Israel and Israel likes Trump? Each can easily identify with the other, as in their own right they are vilified and denigrated freely by the world press, with a few exceptions. Both Israel and Trump have to operate essentially alone, and while they might indeed be somewhat alone, we can hardly conclude that they are lonely in any way. The fact is that both are anything but lonely.
With the 2020 presidential campaign gearing up so that it dominates the news coverage over the next 16 months, policy as it impacts on Israel and the Middle East will eventually become a centerpiece of discussion once the candidates hit the debate stage.
Before we get to the main event—that is, the debates between President Trump and whomever the Democratic Party candidate will be—we will be in for quite a show as Democrats try to out-Palestine one another on the matter of an issue that is quickly becoming a part of history.
It sounds quite absurd on the surface, but we are just a couple of months away from hearing Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, and perhaps Elizabeth Warren talk about the need for a two-state solution, withdrawal from Judea and Samaria, and the establishment of Jerusalem as the capital of a new state.
Sanders and Biden and company believe that they can get Middle East policy back on the old rusted track, but if there is just one certainty in that decades-old process it is that this so-called peace process is not going back to where it once was in the Clinton and Obama administrations. If any of the other possible contenders, like Kamala Harris or Pete Buttigieg, gain any political traction, the conversation might be taken all the way back to the ancient pre-1967 borders.
Talk about a blast from the past.
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