Are Trump’s current moves with Abbas a distraction?

By Ted Belman

There is the possibility that Trump’s current moves with Abbas are a distraction covering what he really intends.

Remember he said he doesn’t believe in telling ISIS what his military plans are. Warfare as you know involves a great deal of deception.

Trump is the master of the art of the deal. He must know that a frontal assault on the peace process will not accomplish anything. The last thing he wants is to do what Kerry did and fail yet that is what it appears he is doing.

My article The Ultimate Alternate Solution, has got to appeal to him because it is out of the box thinking and really has a great chance of happening. The odds of him succeeding with it are many times higher than the odds of getting a two state deal with Abbas.

March 15, 2017 | 4 Comments »

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  1. It doesn’t matter why he appears to be doing what he is doing. All we, the public, have is what it appears he is doing and we need to react to that. Otherwise we are placing a blind trust in our president, a bad move, for sure.

  2. Trump is and American businessman. An American way of negotiation is: First: get good information on the person you are negotiating with: what are his real needs, what are his important priorities, what are his “nice-to-have”s. Trump sent Greenblatt to get this information before he meets Abbas. Second: if possible, the American negotiator then makes a reasonable win-win offer. If not, make clear the other side understands clearly where the American negotiator stands, including what the American negotiator’s side will do if no deal is reached. This, I think, is the real purpose of Trump: to give Abbas an opportunity to make peace, and to let him – and the world – know, that if Abbas does not take the opportunity, Trump will agree that Israel does what she wants. And then Netanyahu will have a real problem.

  3. I have been wondering, myself, about whether all of these apparent concessions to the Left are deliberate and temporary deceptions to defuse and confuse the organization of a coup against him. It seems we can only sit back and watch to see how it plays out over the course of time. Trump has no track record in office and there is no way of knowing whether campaign statements or earlier published writings are carved in stone, provisional strategies, trial balloons, or tactical feints, so there is nothing to compare. Still, Israeli legislators should not wait to annex Maale Adumim. In three months, we could have another Oslo. I don´t trust this back channel politicking.