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Trump getting involved with Abbas at this point would be, well, dumb

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Submitted by Michael S (United States), May 30, 2018 at 16:28

Daniel and Jonathan,

Both of you are putting a lot of stock in the likelihood that President Trump will roll out a newly-regurgitated "Middle East Peace Plan" next month -- in time, of course, for Israel to become a focal point of the mid-term elections. If anyone in the Trump administration is really dreaming of doing such a thing, they must be a little dingy. Much more likely, he will work with Kim Jong Un to get a reasonably good-sounding deal in Korea; and that, together with a booming economy, will get a lot of Republican candidates across the finish line. ...but initiate a "Middle East Peace" talk? NOW? He would have to have a death wish, and I don't think he does.

I remember seeing an adventure show or movie on TV, many years ago, about some travellers on a small canoe on the backwaters of the Amazon. The canoe got stuck on a rock, in pirrana-infested waters. Someone had to get out of the canoe, go underwater and push the boat off. Meanwhile, another person in the boat held a big side of meat in the water at the other end, to occupy the frenzy-feeding fish. If I were Trump, I think I would let the Dems occupy themselves with Russian conspiracies, "Me Too!" scandals and the like, go underwater and come up with a Korean Peace Plan, of ANY magnitude -- maybe a US-N. Korean basketball match. But to get involved with the dying Mahmud Abbas? That would be like tying a rock to his neck and jumping into the river.


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Title Commenter Date Thread
Rebuilding after Defeat [23 words]Ron KJun 17, 2018 06:51243304
1Misdirection [104 words]DajjalJun 3, 2018 18:37243164
1The Arrow of Conviction Hitting the Heart of the Matter - The Stress That Abbas Faces [402 words]M ToveyJun 4, 2018 17:52243164
1Continuation: More Of The Same [83 words]DajjalJun 6, 2018 06:03243164
2Turf 'Em! [30 words]UNCLE VLADDIJun 6, 2018 19:46243164
1Insufficient Displacement [17 words]DajjalJun 7, 2018 18:42243164
2So What? We All Do It, Too! Whee! [21 words]UNCLE VLADDIJun 8, 2018 21:19243164
Timing is Everything [71 words]M ToveyJun 11, 2018 12:52243164
1Rocket Range [68 words]DajjalJun 11, 2018 19:20243164
1Doing Beats Praying [17 words]UNCLE VLADDIJun 11, 2018 22:53243164
Sometimes; Praying IS the Doing..... [227 words]M ToveyJun 18, 2018 11:06243164
Daniel Pipes is right [114 words]Mladen AndrijasevicMay 31, 2018 12:28243134
Trump getting involved with Abbas at this point would be, well, dumb [264 words]Michael SMay 30, 2018 16:28243114
1Please Read [1 words]Gary SackMay 29, 2018 22:47243110
Make it irreversible beforehand. [37 words]Ephraim LiorMay 28, 2018 21:09243106
Smells Like Overconfidence [98 words]DaveMay 28, 2018 07:51243103
1Lost Opportunity. [248 words]Reynald de ChatillonJun 4, 2018 01:36243103
5Tommy Robinson [39 words]
w/response from Daniel Pipes
UniversalgeniMay 27, 2018 18:07243099
Londonistan! [16 words]dhimmi no moreMay 29, 2018 14:57243099
7We are all Tommy Robinson! [163 words]dhimmi no moreMay 30, 2018 06:13243099
Wrong Interpretations of Which Rule of Law to Observe [322 words]M ToveyMay 30, 2018 15:50243099
3One perpetual question for the Muslim mayor of London [41 words]PrashantJun 2, 2018 01:12243099
1Tommy Robinson presumed alive until proven dead [214 words]mythJun 8, 2018 04:36243099
1Accepting such a peace-plan might be a component of a peace deal between the gulf states and Israel. [130 words]Anon.May 27, 2018 17:21243098
2Israel Has Nothing To Fear From Trump's Plan? [132 words]Judith DaviesMay 27, 2018 12:56243097
Trump has a plan? [21 words]TRMMay 27, 2018 12:34243096
1Daniel, excellent, but... [77 words]Gary SackMay 27, 2018 09:49243093

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