While people are wringing their hands over Steve Bannon, it’s useful to compare the Trump approach to the PLO with that of the Obama administration.
Obama embraced the Palestinian cause and Iran. His old friend Rashid Khalidi recently worried that Jews were infesting the Trump administration. Note the anti-Semitic trope!
Thus far, the Trump administration has shunned the PLO. It is seriously unhappy, as well it should be. Perhaps, with any luck, the party is over.
Caroline Glick has the story:
The PLO is disoriented, panicked and hysterical. Speaking to Newsweek this week, Saeb Erekat, PLO chief Mahmoud Abbas’s chief conduit to Israel and the Americans, complained that since President Donald Trump was sworn into office, no administration official had spoken to them.
“I don’t know any of them [Trump’s advisers]. We have sent them letters, written messages. They don’t even bother to respond to us.”
The Trump administration’s shunning of the PLO is a marked departure from the policies of its predecessor. For former president Barack Obama, together with Iran, the Palestinians were viewed as the key players in the Middle East. Abbas was the first foreign leader Obama called after taking office.
Erekat’s statement reveals something that is generally obscured. Despite its deep support in Europe, the UN and the international Left, without US support, the PLO is irrelevant.
All the achievements the PLO racked up under Obama – topped off with the former president’s facilitation of UN Security Council Resolution 2334 against Israel – are suddenly irrelevant. Their impact dissipated the minute Trump took office.
Israel, in contrast, is more relevant than ever.