President Trump’s first overseas priority is to form and stabilize a Western-Muslim Countries Alliance against Iran and ISIS.
Luckily, he has a weakness for Jews, and so he also has a place in his heart to promote peace between Israel and the Arab Palestinians.
However, the total absence of any public substance or news conference during his dense 28-hour visit to the Holy Land shows that on the “peace process” his hands are tied. He cannot upset the Palestinian leadership, or they’ll cry foul, disturbing his Western-Arab unity plans against Iran and ISIS.
Yet, if the Arab Palestinian leadership cannot be upset, they cannot be forced to begin a peace process. And if they cannot be forced, they will not.
We’ll first have to wait until the brutality of Iran’s leadership and ISIS will have been done away with. Only then, there will be a possibility to force leadership on the Arab Palestinians that will cut the hatred promotion and murder. And then it will quickly give peace. Just like King Hussein and Egypt made peace without any problem.
Ideas or hopes that Trump will seek a speedy renewal of the peace process are either smokescreens or caused by misjudging the total unwillingness from Arab Palestinian side to even start negotiations.
Meanwhile, as long as President Trump stays out of trouble at home, we in Israel will not be bullied by the White House. We should do nothing that would embarrass Saudi Arabia and other Muslim nations too much. But we may go on to build for Jews in Jerusalem and on the West Bank of the Jordan, which will always stay in our hands anyway, and protect ourselves against terrorists.
In the meantime, we should also give Arab minorities in Israel (including Bedouins) a still better life. Better policing, better services, better infrastructure in their living quarters. Because Arabs will be in Israel forever, and we’d better forge the best relationship with them that’s possible. After all, we don’t do that to appease Arab Palestinian leadership. Rather, we want Arabs to have the best life in Israel because every Israeli having a good life is a proper expression of our deep ethical beliefs, and Israeli society and all our lives in Israel will be the better for it.
Last but not least: Happy Jerusalem Day today!! Fifty years of the liberation of the eternal Capital of the Jewish State and renewed access to the Wailing Wall and all the Four Quarters of the Old City. If that’s not worthy of our gratitude to G-d and celebration, than what would? Chag sameiach, Israel!