CHARLOTTE, N.C. John Bolton has announced that President Trump is closing the Palestine Liberation Organization’s mission in Washington citing resistance to peace talks by Palestine leaders.
On a day when we reminisce about the events of 9/11, also a Tuesday 17 years ago, it is not outlandish to remember, too, that the Nobel Peace Prize lost its collective mind during that same era. In 1993 terrorist Yasser Arafat captured the golden prize. In 2007 “internet inventor” (not) Al Gore added the medal to his footprint.
International appeaser, golf aficionado and bracketologist Barack Obama captured the once prestigious Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway in 2009.
The Trump White House also referenced the PLO’s efforts to get an international court to prosecute Israel for alleged war crimes.
Referring to the decision in a speech, National Security Adviser John Bolton says:
“The United States will use any means necessary to protect our citizens and those of our allies from unjust prosecution by this illegitimate court. The Trump administration will not keep the office open when the Palestinians refuse to take steps to start direct and meaningful negotiations with Israel.”
It’s a decision many observers believe is long overdue.
The announcement came just one day before another day that lives in “infamy” in the hearts and souls of most Americans.
Though announced on Monday some sources say it has been under consideration since last November.
The move is just the latest blow against Palestine by the U.S. thanks in large part to the stalled Middle East process, an action that has seemingly been at a standstill for 14 centuries.
September 11 and the battles in the Middle East
Considering the historical importance of 9/11, we would do well to remember that despite our like or dislike for President Trump, there have been remarkably few terrorist incidents of consequence since he took office.
Love him or hate him, you can kiss your children goodnight these days with far less fear than we did under Nobel Peace Laureate Obama.
Predictable Obama vs Un-predictable Trump
As baseball season winds down and the playoffs get set to begin, it should be noted that the most difficult pitchers to hit are the ones who have no idea where their pitches are going.
That idea carries over to the world of international diplomacy as well. You see if Trump doesn’t know what his next move will be, how can the terrorists anticipate what he will do?
Obama was predictable. It was almost as though he would call Isis on the red phone and say, “Hey guys, I need a tee time, how about blowing something up.”
Palestine’s unforgivably threat to Israel
Bolton notes that:
“While the Court welcomes the membership of the so-called State of Palestine, it has threatened Israel, a liberal, democratic nation, with an investigation into its actions to defend citizens from terrorist attacks in the West Bank and Gaza.”
The United Nations General Assembly voted to recognize Palestine as a “non-member observer state” in 2012. Therefore, the U.S. does not currently recognize the Palestinian territories as an independent state.
A spokeswoman for the state department, Heather Nauent, reinforces Bolton by commenting that,
“The United States continues to believe that direct negotiations between the two parties are the only way forward. This action should not be exploited by those who seek to act as spoilers to distract from the imperative of reaching a peace agreement. We are not retreating from our efforts to achieve a lasting and comprehensive peace.”
Paranoia: The Middle East’s national pastime
Arabic thinking is first and foremost linked to its tribal desert mentality. After 1,400-plus years little has changed to alter that mindset. Getting negotiators to the negotiating table in an atmosphere of trust is the key to resolving part of the problem.
At the very least, it is the first and, for the moment, the most important step.
That said, the Palestinians point of view is so ingrained in their worldview, they are incapable of believing that someone, especially Israel would willingly negotiate in good faith.
Therein lies the dilemma.
Donald Trump continues to throw curve balls and changeups. Why? Because he knows only too well that terrorism will wait for a fastball every time.
In the case of terrorism, if Trump is a little off target, its all to the good. Better to be “effectively wild” than throw fat fastballs that anyone and everyone can hit.
About the Author:
Bob Taylor is a veteran writer who has traveled throughout the world. Taylor is anaward-winningg television producer/reporter/anchor before focusing on writing about international events, people and cultures around the globe.