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Trump’s Recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital HELPS Mideast Peace

That’s right. All the conventional, in-the-box thinking you’re hearing about how President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel – which, de facto, it already is – and move the embassy there actually increases to prospects for an eventual negotiated settlement between the Israelis and Palestinians. Even supporters of the move who say, Well, it’s just the right thing to do, don’t understand that it also makes sense strategically.

Here’s why.

As Trump the dealmaker knows, you don’t negotiate from a position of weakness. And you don’t, as Barack Obama was fond of doing, show that you are willing to cave to the incessant and unreasonable demands of your adversaries.

What Trump did Wednesday was demonstrate to the Arab world, a violent arena of ruthless Darwinian struggle, that he isn’t cowed by the usual tactic deployed by Israel’s enemies of threatening to unleash Jihads and Intifadas to get their way. The Arabs are now made to understand that there is a completely different character in the White House, one who is willing to make a deal with them, but not if they engage in activities that only draw the sides further apart.

In the short term, there may be some violence. And of course, the Arab states have issued the obligatory denunciations of the move, treated by the press as thundering declarations of consequence that could ruin Trump’s outreach to Saudi Arabia’s princes and other Arab leaders. But in reality, this is little more than pro forma commentary by states that know they need the United States to combat actual existential threats like Islamist extremism and Iran.

Whatever violence prompted by Hamas and the like will dissipate, because its instigators know it is of no use. This is not a president, like the previous one, who is instinctually sympathetic to the Palestinian cause and is prone to, for example, wetting his pants and invite the Russians into the Middle East when a punk like Syrian dictator Bashar Assad crosses his “red line” by launching chemical weapons. The current president responded to the same provocation by swiftly dispatching a few cruise missiles toward Damascus. No more chemical weapons.

Trump’s strategy with the Jerusalem recognition is actually subtler and more marked by long-range, strategic thought than the knee-jerk, surface analyses of the intellectuals who despise him as a fool. Trump’s approach is reminiscent of Ronald Reagan’s in 1981, when rather than caving to the illegal demands of striking air control tower workers, he fired them, even at risk of having a plane crash blamed on his action. The move was noticed in Moscow which, like the Arab world today, understood it had a new and tougher adversary in the West Wing and would not be able to roll him over with threats and demands.

When people get that their adversary won’t be indulging their bellicosity and folding when they bluff, they are more likely to make the kind of concessions that can lead to a deal. The Palestinians are on notice, if they are even serious about peace: They will either get something that is fair to both sides, or they will get nothing. And their leaders will understand that in the long term they will lose the support of their own people if they unleash violence that leads to little but contempt from America and retaliation from Israel.

Reagan’s motto was peace through strength. It works. Just ask the free people of Eastern Europe.

Remember, it Was Obama Who Started Complaining About Fake News

Barack Obama was the first American president I heard start mentioning journalists and news outlets by name, attacking their fairness and responsibility.

Now that President Trump is doing it – admittedly at a heightened pace – there is all sorts of handwringing about whether journalists are going to come to some kind of harm.

I previously objected to politicians going after the press. But in today’s environment, where the agenda of the ostensibly objective press is no longer even remotely hidden and few checks are made to prevent bias, I think the president has a right to fight back. As long as he doesn’t restrict their speech, he has a right not to just get hit time and time again. And while I would never wish harm to any journalist – I’ve been under threat myself – and I doubt anyone will do anything stupid, it’s now a volatile business we are in and journalists need to accept that there are risks. Trump can’t be responsible for every lunatic who might misinterpret his words, any more than the press is responsible for lunatics who might take up their articles and punditry and turn them into violence.

Obama lit the match, and Trump is just fanning the flames.

Obama Hid Iran’s Ties to al Qaeda

A new batch of documents found in Osama Bin Laden’s lair when he was terminated have finally been released, and they demonstrate far closer ties between Iran and al Qaeda than Barack Obama let on. From an analysis by Michael Rubin of the American Enterprise Institute: The real scandal now seems to be how Obama… Continue Reading

Ed Klein: Clintons Knew About Weinstein; Hardly Spend Time Together

Of course they knew all about Weinstein. I’m increasingly convinced that everyone did, it was both an inside joke and one expressed openly several times. But they, like the Obamas, wanted his money and they wanted Hollywood on their side. “The Clintons were very close, as you know, to Harvey Weinstein. He gave her tons… Continue Reading

Congress Warned: North Korean EMP Attack Could Kill 90% Of U.S.

Thanks, President Obama. Your cool, rational, visionary leadership has left us susceptible to destruction by a madman. At the end of your presidency, which I knew would end up a catastrophe for the nation –  because you were totally unqualified, didn’t understand economics or foreign policy, and had lots of bad left-wing ideas – I… Continue Reading

HHS Secretary Price Resigns Over Travel; Did Obama Aides do the Same?

HHS Secretary Tom Price resigned Friday amid controversy over his use of a private charter aircraft for domestic travel for which he could have used commercial aircraft. From the Associated Press: Privately, Trump has been telling associates in recent days that his health chief had become a distraction and was overshadowing his tax overhaul agenda… Continue Reading