The Yeas, the Nays and the Others

In a well-written document, Mohamed Abdelaziz, editor of the Fikra Forum, has written a very lengthy response to the Trump Peace Plan, published on 31 January 2020 in the journal of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

In its many pages, entitled “Arab Reactions to Trump’s Peace Plan: An Analysis and Recommendations”, the scholarly author has divided his remarks into three separate categories: qualified support, opposition and silence— reflecting the individual national interests and regional divisions currently driving each Arab state.

The yeas were the voices and uplifted hands of Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, the Gulf countries Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Morocco.

The nays whose voices equally heard were Palestine, Algeria, Tunisia. Iraq, Iran, Lebanon and Syria.

The others were Turkey (a non-Arab but Muslim state) whose president Erdogan declared the Trump plan” as “absolutely unacceptable” to Muslims because, as he declared. “ignores the rights of the Palestinians and it legitimizes Israel’s occupation of Muslim land”.

A major voice has not yet been formally heard. It is the voice of the Hashemite kingdom of Jordan whose ruler, King Abdullah II is sitting on the fence in agonizing opposition to the Trump plan.

And he agonizes for a very good reason. He compares the Trump doctrine of 2020 to the Balfour Declaration of 1917 which cut Palestine into two separate entities.

97% of biblical Palestine under the British mandate was given to the king’s grandfather, the Emir of Trans-Jordan, Abdullah I, who became King Abdullah I of the newly founded Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
The remaining balance of 23% biblical Palestine was intended to become the Jewish homeland under the terms of the Balfour Declaration.

The partition of biblical Palestine was made by the United Nations in 1947 and was rejected, as always, by the leaders of the Palestinians who immediately took up arms against the Jews in a bloody devastating battle which saw the recognized establishment of the State of Israel.

1947. 1956, 1967 saw more battlefields covered with Jewish and Arab blood. Israel was victorious in all the wars against her. East Jerusalem was liberated from nineteen years of Jordanian occupation and the city became once more the united capitol of the State of Israel.

Jews rejoiced. Arabs mourned. The world kept quiet. Quiet, that is, until Donald Trump rattled his sabre.

King Abdullah II fears, and with very good reason, that his Jordanian kingdom will experience a in that it will be second “Balfour Declaration”, a kingdom to be overrun by a Palestinian population which despises the Jordanian monarch, a “homeland” which will become a haven for a new breed of Palestinians who, as the majority population, will overturn the sovereignty of the Hashemite kingdom.

Even worse to fear. The possible fate of his grandfather Abdullah I at the hand of a zealous Palestinian as he was entering the mosque for prayer.

The Jordanian king and his government fear that Israel will soon agree formally to Trump’s plan and will annex the largest portion of the Jordan Valley which will completely cut Jordan off from the West Bank.

Israel, in the meantime, is reveling in the excellent terms Trump’s peace plan offers them. No need to care anymore about a two-state solution. The Palestinians will reject all plans as is their custom.

Trump can glory in his plan and look forward to the next American election which will re-elect him as King of America.

The King of Israel will be tried on the three indictments against him. He will be sentenced, im yirtzeh Hashem, (Insh’Allah to show that I am not prejudiced), to a term in prison. Sara and Yair will find comfort in their palace in Caesarea by the sea, and the Jews of Israel can bless a God who hears and who answers prayers.

As for the Trump peace plan, it will weaken and fall apart as all the peace plans which preceded it. And as is the usual custom in the world, Jared Kushner, the Jew who formulated the plan, will be accused and blamed for its failure.

Nu? So what else is new? That’s the life of the yeas, the nays and the others.

And that’s what eventually happens to Jews who ask for too much.

About the Author
Esor Ben-Sorek is a retired professor of Hebrew, Biblical literature & history of Israel. Conversant in 8 languages: Hebrew, Yiddish, English, French, German, Spanish, Polish & Dutch. Very proud of being an Israeli citizen. A follower of Trumpeldor & Jabotinsky & Begin.
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