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"An Arab-Israeli alliance is taking shape in the Middle East"



The president with the most foreign experience before taking office since Ike is overseeing a transformation in the Middle East. Led by Saudi Arabia, Arabs are partnering with Israel to battle radical Islams and Iran.

President Donald John Trump learned from the mistakes of his immediate 2 predecessors, and used them to his advantage.

Mistakes by Bush 43 and Obama informed the Arabs and Israelis that the United States is unreliable.  The invasion of Iraq followed by a catastrophic early withdrawal told them Americans go to war without accepting responsibility for its aftermath.

Israel and Saudi Arabia began cooperating under the radar in 2007 because the USA screwed up in Iraq by leaving too soon.

Then came Obama's embrace of radical Islam with his informed Arab Spring -- with its overthrow of an American ally in Egypt. This scared our allies straight.

Ed Husain wrote, "Islam's reformation: an Arab-Israeli alliance is taking shape in the Middle East. New maps of the Muslim mind are being drawn and old hatreds are on the run."

I would not call it a reformation, but it does look like Arabs are closer to acknowledging that the Yom Kippur War in 1973 (46 years ago) ended the taste for Israeli blood. Egypt has openly allied with Israel for 40 years, thanks to Jimmy Carter.

Obama's incompetence seems to have put the rest of the Arab nations at peace with Israel.

Husain wrote, "First, the events of the Arab Spring exposed the fanaticism of the Muslim Brotherhood and other related Islamists, with the hardliners now being viewed as a threat to both Islam as a faith and Muslims as a people. Isis and other ‘Islamic states’ are, of course, the logical outcome of Islamism. Now that this creed has been tested to destruction, it is being seen for what it is — and rejected.

"Second, the need to stand firm against Iran is becoming a cause that unites Israel with Sunni Arabs and anti-Tehran Shiite Muslims in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon. It’s well-known that mullahs in Tehran support Hezbollah, which is dedicated to destroying Israel. But they also meddle in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and Yemen. So against this menace of Shiite political Islamism, committed to destroying Muslim secular governments and exporting Shiite revolutionary ideology, Israel is coming to be regarded as a benign neighbour.

"Finally, and most intriguingly, Israel is being seen by moderate Arab governments as a trade and security partner as the West sends mixed signals. Barack Obama abandoned his Arab allies when they faced threats from the Muslim Brotherhood or Iran. He deserted Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak — to the horror of the Saudis and Emiratis — and cheered on the popular uprising in Syria. When America signed the nuclear agreement with Iran towards the end of the Obama presidency, Israel and its Arab neighbours were united in uproar. This lesson in unreliability has not been forgotten. As one Arab prince said recently at a private meeting: ‘Who else will fly in joint missions against Iranian targets with us?’"

Which brings us to my favorite subject.

President Donald John Trump.

Obama spent part of his boyhood in Indonesia and visited relatives in Kenya once.

Donald John Trump built 5-star resorts and towers around the world, including Dubai.

He knew what he had to do in the Middle East.

Nothing.

His first foreign trip as president began in Riyadh. The Saudis embraced him and his family, including his Jewish daughter and son-in-law.

Newt Gingrich wrote at the time, "as President Trump gave a historic speech in Saudi Arabia before the leaders of more than 50 Muslim-majority nations, journalism’s first draft missed the history almost entirely.

"While the media focused on the ephemeral questions — whether the president would use campaign rhetoric in a diplomatic setting, or how the trip would affect the Obama legacy — they largely missed the real drama of the moment: a titanic shift in U.S. foreign policy occurring right before their eyes.

"Trump stood before an unprecedented gathering of leaders to do something far more significant than utter a single phrase or undermine his predecessor’s record. He was there to rally the Muslim world, in his words, 'to meet history’s great test' — defeating the forces of terrorism and extremism. He did so in a way that no American president ever had before.

"While extending a hand of friendship to Muslim nations, he also issued them a clear challenge: to take the lead in solving the crisis that has engulfed their region and spread across the planet. 'Drive out the terrorists and extremists,' he urged them, or consign your peoples to futures of misery and squalor."

President Trump told them to take the lead.

An American president finally trusted our allies to take care of their own problems.

Their reaction?

The Associated Press reported at the time, "Even before President Donald Trump began his trip to Israel, he had made history of sorts.

"His flight from Riyadh to Tel Aviv on Monday marked a rare direct flight between Saudi Arabia and Israel, and was the first by an American president.

"Trump landed at Ben-Gurion International Airport for a two-day visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories as part of his first trip abroad since taking office.

"Saudi Arabia doesn’t recognize Israel and the two states don’t have diplomatic relations. There are no direct flights between the two countries and flights from either country bypass the other’s airspace."

By rare, I think the wire service meant only.

The Saudis since allowed regular Indo-Israeli service to fly in their airspace.

The world is thawing.

In October, President Trump announced we were leaving northern Syria. All the experts in Washington said this would lead genocide. They were wrong. Turkey and Syria turned their border into a demilitarized zone.

America First is not an abandonment of the world, but an abandonment of a foolhardy policy that we know how to run the world.

The people of the world love America, they just want us to keep our distance.

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