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Reisman: Peace and ‘the Resistance’

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“If you want to make peace, you don’t talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies.”- Moshe Dayan

“You can only end a negotiation for peace if you begin it”- Benjamin Netanyahu

“It’s a distraction”- Speaker Nancy Pelosi

President Trump signed the Abraham Accords on Sept. 15, a peace agreement between Israel and two Sunni Arab Gulf States, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates. Similar agreements were last brokered by President Clinton (Jordan, 1994) and President Carter (Egypt, 1979).  A number of other Muslim and Arab nations, including Oman, Morocco, Chad and perhaps even Saudi Arabia, seem poised to join the emerging alliance.

The Abraham Accords are a tremendous accomplishment for peace, prosperity and freedom, the Jews, Sunni Muslims and the (few remaining) Christians of the Middle East, American foreign policy, President Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The Accords are a tremendous defeat and rebuke of the Iran enablers and appeasers of the Obama/Biden administration, the foreign policy deep state establishment who opposed President Trump’s initiatives, the Iranian mullahs, the recalcitrant Palestinians, and the domestic “Resistance” to President Trump. That explains Speaker Pelosi’s dismissive and derisive comments.

Over the last 50 years, the Palestinians have consistently rejected every opportunity to make peace that required recognizing Israel’s right to exist, insisting on a Palestine from “the (Jordan) river to the sea”, hurling rockets and terrorism into Israel and teaching their children a virulent anti-Semitism.

The returns on that policy are isolation, poverty and alliance with only Iran, Turkey and assorted terrorism enablers. The Palestinians may well resist until all they have to hurl at their neighbors is stones.

The Abraham Accords are the fruits of two Trump actions that the left, the Resistance and the deep state derided: the rejection of the Obama/Biden appeasing Iranian nuke deal, which gave the mullahs billions to finance terrorism while approving their temporarily delayed acquisition of nukes and the congressionally approved, but never implemented, move of our embassy to Israel’s capital city, Jerusalem.

The accords signal an alliance of Israel, the US and Sunni Muslim states against the Iranian mullahs and their terror supporting ways. Hopefully, just as NATO stood up the Soviets until they crumbled from within, the Abrahamic alliance will stand against the mullahs until the Iranian people successfully revolt.

The President has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for brokering the Abraham Accords, but it will never come to pass. The therapy costs for Resistance fighters would be astronomical, not to mention Speaker Pelosi’s hairstyling and Botox bill.

Reprinted with permission from the September 22 edition of The Machias Valley News Observer.

About Jonathan Reisman

Jon Reisman is an associate professor of economics and public policy at the University of Maine at Machias. He speaks for himself.

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