‘Deal-Maker’ Trump Unveils Grand Plan For Peace In The Middle East

President Trump unveils grand Middle East peace plan

President Donald Trump has promised to unveil his grand masterplan for a peace deal that promises to end the Middle East problem once and for all. 

Trump has always been the master deal-maker; he has even written a book on the subject. So it should come as no surprise that he is likely the only President in U.S. history who has the qualifications to pull off such an historic feat.

Gatestoneinstitute.org reports: The problem with the “Middle East problem” is that those who tried to solve it never managed to define it and, as a result, sacrificed the existential reality on the ground to the essential abstraction of elusive ideals.

The current phase of the saga began in 1945 at the end of the Second World War.

The first would-be deal-maker was Britain’s Prime Minister Clement Attlee, then responsible for the fate of the chunk of the Greater Syria of the Ottoman times, known as Palestine. Influenced by the Foreign Office, which had already allocated a portion of the booty to Trans-Jordan, Attlee was apparently persuaded that the remaining bit should also be distributed among Arab states, then allies of Britain grouped in the Arab League.

However, Britain’s evolving position ran into opposition from US President Harry S. Truman, who also fancied himself as a deal-maker. To iron out differences between the two rival deal-makers, London and Washington created the Anglo-American Commission of Inquiry.

Truman’s envoy to the commission was a Californian Catholic judge, Bartley C. Crum, who admitted he knew nothing of the issue. However, during the months he spent in the region attending the commission’s many hearings, addressed by envoys from Arab countries and native Muslim, Christian and Jewish populations, he concluded that creating a “homeland” for the Jews, as promised by Great Britain in the Balfour declaration of1917, must be part of any “deal”.

At that time, however, Britain had moved beyond Balfour and hoped to create an Arab bloc against the looming Soviet danger in the region.

Both Attlee and Truman failed in imposing their divergent deals. And in February 1947, British Foreign Secretary Ernest Bevin passed the hot potato to the United Nations.

In November 1947, the UN General Assembly cast itself as deal-maker by passing General Assembly Resolution 181 which recommended the creation of two states, one for Jews and the other for Arabs.

Britain was one of the 10 states that abstained while 13 others, (Afghanistan, Cuba, Egypt, Greece, India, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, and Yemen) voted against.

However, it quickly became clear that the UN, too, had failed as a deal-maker.

The resolution was so long, so detailed and so laden with jargon that few apart from seasoned lawyers would comprehend let alone be able to implement it.

Rather than admit failure, the UN persisted in its deal-making delusion. Successive Secretary-Generals, from Dag Hammarskjold to Kurt Waldheim and passing by U Thant, appointed special emissaries to shape a “deal”.

Some emissaries, notably Sweden’s Gunnar Jarring, claimed that they were on the threshold of a deal. In every case they came close but no cigar.

Until the 1970s the issue was labeled “the Arab-Israeli conflict”, a term justified by four wars. The decade also marked the start of an inflationary trend in Mideast deal-making. Henry Kissinger, dubbed “the modern Metternich”, chased the mirage with his “shuttle diplomacy,” and failed.

He was succeeded in the role by President Jimmy Carter, who achieved a truce between Egypt and Israel but kicked peace into long grass.

By the 1980s, the conflict had acquired a new appellation: the “Palestine issue,” and the seductive dream of a deal remained.

Since then, the list of would-be deal-makers has continued to get longer — so long, in fact, that one could not mention all of them in a single column. Among the pretenders were French President Jacques Chirac, British Premier Tony Blair and, in a different register, the Norwegian government. In 2005, even Angela Merkel, just named Chancellor of Germany, toyed with the idea of playing Mideast deal-maker but, wise lady as she is, quickly turned to other matters.

There are many reasons why so many deal-makers have failed.

The first is that peace is never negotiated and is always imposed by the side that wins a war. There is not any instance in history, which is primarily a narrative of countless wars, in which an outsider has imposed peace on unwilling belligerents.

The second reason is that outside deal-makers have their interests and agendas, which make an already tangled web even more complicated. For example, in the case of American deal-makers, how to win Jewish votes in the US without antagonizing the Arabs who sell us oil and buy our arms?

The third reason is that wannabe deal-makers do not fully appreciate the importance of the status quo, the reality on the ground.

Whenever a status quo is at least tolerable for both belligerents, the desire for risking it in the hope of an ill-defined peace is diminished. Many people in the world live with a status quo they don’t regard as ideal.

Russia and Japan coexist, trade with each other, and maintain correct relations, despite being technically at war with the Russian occupation of chunks of the Kuril Islands.

China and India coexist despite the Chinese annexation of large Indian territories along the border.

Bolivia and Chile are still technically at war because of the Chilean annexation of Bolivia’s access to the ocean. By one count, no fewer than 89 of the 198 members of the United Nations are involved in territorial disputes or are home to restive, sometimes secessionist minorities.

If we add irredentist dreams and claims rooted in myths or history, almost all UN members are in dispute with their neighbors. I haven’t met a Mexican who didn’t think that California and Texas belonged to Mexico. Nor would you find many Serbs ready to forget Pristina, their “holy city”, now in the hands of Muslim Albanians. And there are few Iranians who don’t feel sad that Baghdad, the site of their ancient capital of Ctesiphon, is now an Arab metropolis.

Finally, and more importantly, there could be no deal and no peace unless and until those involved in a conflict desire it. Without that desire, the best one could aim for is a truce, allowing for coexistence — living and half living, as the Anglo-American poet Elliot put it.

There is one thing that Trump the deal-maker could do. He could ask the Israelis and the Palestinians to work on an agreement, each in their own camp, on what they exactly want, and report to him.

My bet is that, at this moment, neither of the two sides would be able to shape any agreement in their own respective camp on what kind of a deal they might accept. And that, at least implicitly, means that both are happier with the status quo rather than the prolongation of a “peace process” which could never lead to peace and now is no longer even a process.

  • Photonic

    It will never happen until Jesus Christ returns; scriptural! The real problem is not land and territories, it is an age old hatred/feud from queen Esters(Purim) time and long before when the Amalekites (Amalek is a nation described in the Old Testament of the Hebrew Bible. The name “Amalek” can refer to the nation’s founder, a grandson of Esau, therefore related to Turkey who came from Edom) who are believed to be modern Palestinians, attacked ancient Israel’s people(elderly, week etc) who were behind in the assembly when wondering through the desert when they left Egypt under Moses. Because of it God told Israel to destroy the Amalekites because of it, and if they did not, that they would be a thorn in their sides always. Besides this God’s prophetic Word for the area will be fulfilled, not Mr. Trumps or anyone else’s ideas of solutions etc. Trump is not the worlds saviour, just another elitist playing the deadly games making a mess of things, playing demi-god as they all do.

    • Jesus is Lord

      Well said mate,,, you state the truth as it is……. God is in control.. not trump…not ben lyingyahoo.. not any man…God.. Jesus Christ the same Yesterday Today and Forever.. He is our only hope….

    • JJ

      I wouldn’t say he doesn’t have his part in it because God did ordain him Romans 13 verse 1, the wicked are ordained in high places to full fill prophecies not the righteous.

      Romans 13:1
      “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.”

      King James Version (KJV)

      • i meanseriously???lol

        That was then…. this is now… do some research on trump and you will find he is the work of satan not the ordained of God.. wake up to yourself… lol

  • Robdon07

    Merkel is a wide lady?? Yeah okay. With wisdom like that leading a nation who needs outside enemys

    • A1234567Z

      Above they used the word “homeland” and not Homeland and that in International this has its roots in the Akkadian-Hittite Treaty Article 9 which uses the term “maraud” ( http://jewishchristianlit.com//Topics/Contracts/treat01.html ) Article 62 of the European Convention on Human Rights also refers to treaties, conventions and declarations and here the concept discusses the right to milk cows, raid beehives, slaughter beef cattle and sheep etc. A Maraud is a criminal act and involves Belligerence, Expropriation and Extermination and Merkel does this when importing and feeding invaders in Germany and recognizing their eternal right to live there. Article 53 of The Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties will insure respect for Rights or rights.