The Palestinian leadership, perhaps through no fault of their own, apparently never got the message that the United States does not negotiate with terrorists. Of course, it’s really no surprise that they missed the memo. Firstly, the Obama administration practically made negotiating with terrorists and terrorist states its main M.O. Second, the U.S. has been playing this game with the Palestinians for decades, and they’ve proven time and again that their terrorist ways…well, they work!
But then, they weren’t dealing with Donald J. Trump.
Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, has met personally with President Trump, but he obviously left that meeting with the wrong impression of our new man in the White House. Perhaps he figured Trump was all bark and no bite, as easily led down the primrose path as his predecessors. Well, he may have another think coming after his outburst at the United Nations on Tuesday, because neither Trump nor UN Ambassador Nikki Haley are going to pacify the Palestinians if they threaten violence.
At a Security Council meeting, Abbas said that Trump needed to reverse his decision to move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, claiming that he had turned the region into a “dangerous” environment. He said his government would not negotiate a peace accord until the decision had been retracted.
“To solve the Palestine question, it is essential to establish a multilateral international mechanism emanating from an international conference,” Abbas said.
But it was what he said at the end of his speech that may make such a mechanism impossible. He called on the U.S. to restore funding for Palestinian refugees…or else.
“If you end your assistance, they will become terrorists or refugees in Europe,” Abbas warned. “It’s either that or you continue to support UN Relief and Works Agency until the crisis ends. We are ready to begin negotiations. We beg you to help us so that we may not commit an act that goes against our beliefs and your beliefs.”
Oh, we can very much help make sure you commit no such act. You may want to be careful what you beg for.
The UN is hostile territory for the United States when it comes to our alliance with Israel, so it is unlikely that any meaningful negotiations will begin or end in that body of international nonsense. No, this will ultimately be settled between the players themselves, with U.S. assistance. The Palestinians actually have their best shot in years at obtaining a peace agreement that can last…but their stubbornness and refusal to compromise will not do them any favors. And if they start up the suicide bombings and rockets again, we guarantee Trump will not reward them.
Trump vowed to solve the Middle East crisis on the campaign trail. He may live up to that promise in a way that Mahmoud Abbas and his Islamic radicals don’t much care for.