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Realpolitik of Donald Trump - Kissinger's Protege?

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Submitted by Robert (United States), Aug 14, 2020 at 16:39

Dear Daniel Pipes,

Perhaps Donald Trump's understanding of the "Art of the Deal" makes him particularly open to his friend's Realpolitik - Donald and Henry [Kissinger] crossed paths in Manhattan when both were tabloid celebrities. I understand you do not have a good impression of Donald's mentor. Nevertheless, you are the renowned advocate of an Israel Victory against the Palestinian Irredentists.

What I think is visible in this particular Strategic development - the UAE recognizing Israel, and visa versa - is the very kind of play Bismark engaged in while creating Modern Germany out of small Prussia by shifting alliances with its neighbors and conquering weak pieces of the former Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation. Shifting Alliances by focusing on mutual national self-interests was how Bismark achieved his goal.

I see President Donald Trump as possessing those same skills. Perhaps it's a useful analogy to think of The Donald as seeing the world as a Vast collections of Real Estate holding which we like to call countries. As much as you find him distasteful, I predict that the other Gulf states may soon also move to recognize Israel and do business with it. Hatred by the Arabs of Ottomanism of Turkey's Erdogan, the Shea terrorist fundamentalism of Iran, and the Brotherhood supported by, again, Erdogan, is what diminishes the hatred of Israel by Arabs. For a long time, only the Israeli Jews were subjects of displacement for Arabs and scars to their Arab Identity. But that's what's changed. Look at Arab Iraq, Arab Syria, Arab Libya, Arab Yemen, Arab Gaza, Arab West Bank, Arab Lebanon, Arab Jordan. In each instance, it is NOT the Israelis which are the Enemies. That's why - one reason - Israel is no longer the universal major enemy of the Arab Nation.

It is in this context that I would like you to think of an Israeli Victory - and what Policy should Israel pursue - assuming that President Trump may anticipate your recommendation.

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I advocate that Israelis seek to convince Palestinians that the gig is up and they lost. Establishing normal relations with Arab states is an integral part of such a campaign.

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