“Why does he keep stirring the pot??” “He should just keep his mouth shut and do his job!”
I’m sure you’ve heard many express these sentiments regarding Trump and his penchant for tweeting/commenting/poking at the perpetually-aggrieved Left and their fellow travelers in the “Never-Trump” establishment.
But while you (and the media) were distracted by the latest shiny object dangled by the President, some tectonic plate shifting occurred in the Middle East.
Representatives of Hamas and Fatah (competing groups seeking control over the Palestinians) have met in Cairo at the invitation of Egyptian President Al-Sisi to craft a governing coalition, forming a single unified Palestinian government.
While fronted by Al-Sisi, the meeting was proposed and supported by Trump. Unlike his predecessor, who crowed “historic achievement!” every time he suggested everyone just get along, Trump wisely remained in the background, avoiding the inevitable resistance occasioned by direct US involvement in the talks.
This has resulted in an entirely Arab, entirely Muslim solution, palatable to the so-called “Arab street.” How do we know this? As a show of good faith, Hamas dropped a dime on ISIS cells along the Egyptian/Israeli border – you know, the ones you just heard surrendered en masse.
At the same time, one of the most pernicious purveyors of anti-Israel bias in the region, UNESCO, the United Nations “cultural heritage” arm, has suffered a devastating loss in their attempt to declare millennia-old Jewish sites to be wholly Muslim and therefore rightly “Jew-free.”
Trump has directed the United States to ditch UNESCO and declared the US withdrawal effective immediately. The US has been the primary funder of UNESCO. Our withdrawal ensures UNESCO will shrink from an 800lb gorilla to a 12lb rhesus monkey in a matter of months.
The connection between these events?
Israel. With UNESCO out of the picture and a newly empowered single negotiating partner on behalf of the Palestinians, the stage has been set for a negotiated settlement between Israel and the Palestinians, brokered by Al-Sisi, the enemy of the Muslim Brotherhood and champion of a politically secularized Middle East.
And you thought all Trump cared about was who was standing and who was not… 😉
Written by Dr. Mark Christian