Trump unscrambles UN-EU-PLO misinformation omelette

April 29, 2018 by J-Wire
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President Trump has started unscrambling the misinformation omelette first cooked up by the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) Charter in 1964 and dished out by the United Nations (UN) and European Union (EU) since 1974…writes David Singer.

Trump’s intention was revealed when the  State Department released its annual “Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2017” (“Report”) – renaming  its segment previously entitled “Israel and The Occupied Territories” with a new descriptor – “Israel, Golan Heights, West Bank, and Gaza”.

Israel and the Golan Heights are dealt with together in one section of the Report  – whilst the West Bank and Gaza are covered in another.

Commas count big time in Middle East diplomacy.

One comma strategically placed in the descriptor – “… West Bank, and Gaza” – identifies them as two separate territorial entities that could involve different solutions.

The Report’s new choice of language signals that resolving the Arab-Jewish conflict extends beyond the West Bank and Gaza to also include the Golan Heights and that any end to the conflict will only eventuate with the allocation of sovereignty in all three of these disputed areas.

This ground-breaking replacement of false statements with factual reality needs to be replicated by Trump in other areas of misinformation maliciously spread by the UN, EU and PLO  – including:

  • Recognition that the term “West Bank” was first used in 1950 and that for 3000 years prior thereto that territory had been called “Judea and Samaria”
  • Acknowledgement that the “Palestinian Authority” created by the 1993 Oslo Accords was disbanded by written decree of PLO Chairman Mahmoud Abbas on 3 January 2013.
  • Affirmation of the right of the Jewish People to close settlement on land in Judea and Samaria (West Bank) to reconstitute the Jewish National Home in Palestine under the rights vested in them by article 6 of the 1922 League of Nations Mandate for Palestine (the 1922 Mandate) – as preserved by article 80 of the United Nations Charter.
  • Ending the fiction that the territory of former Palestine stopped at the Jordan River and agreeing that it included the Hashemite Kingdom of TransJordan – 78% of the territory comprised in the 1922 Mandate – which was  granted independence by Great Britain in 1946 and subsequently renamed Jordan in 1950.
  • Confirming that most  of the Golan Heights was included within the 1922 Mandate until Britain ceded the area to France in the Franco-British Agreement of 7 March 1923
  • Rebranding the UN and EU designated “Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT)” as “The Disputed Territories”
  • Agreement that Security Council Resolution 242 does not require Israel’s total withdrawal from Judea and Samaria (West Bank).

Cracking heads by getting all interested parties to adopt an agreed narrative using terms with agreed meanings is crucial in any communications and negotiations between them – if Trump’s long-awaited “ultimate deal” is to not be still born.

Underestimating Trump’s ability to win the Presidential election race against Hillary Clinton in 2016  has seen those who confidently  predicted his defeat subsequently engaged in a vitriolic war of attrition in the media trying to convince the electorate that they voted for the wrong candidate.

Yet Trump continues to confound his detractors with impressive gains in both the American economy and foreign affairs.

The State Department Report – in dumping the use of the nomenclature “The Occupied Territories” – has taken one giant step towards ending the decades-long dishonest semantic warfare waged by the PLO, UN and EU.

Trump has set himself a Herculean task confronting this sorry state of affairs.

Trump has once again dumbfounded his malevolent doomsday-pundits – whisking up an  omelette that already promises to taste far better than any ever served up by the PLO, UN and EU.

David Singer is a Sydney Lawyer and Foundation Member of the International Analysts Network

 

[Author’s note: The cartoon – commissioned exclusively for this article—is by Yaakov Kirschen aka “Dry Bones”- one of Israel’s foremost political and social commentators –  whose cartoons have graced the columns of Israeli and international media publications for decades]

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5 Responses to “Trump unscrambles UN-EU-PLO misinformation omelette”
  1. Leon Poddebsky says:

    It is very instructive, however, to observe how “the international community”has been capable of promoting unconscionably what much of that “community” knows to be lies, distortions, half-truths and propaganda generally.

    Israel’s allowing Arafat’s PLO back into Judaea/Samaria, and the Gaza Strip, and its signing on to the Oslo Trojan Horse Accords gave the “international community” precisely the sort of rationalisation that it dearly sought for the purposes of appeasing Israel’s enemies. I

    • David Singer says:

      Leon

      Israel – and the Jewish people as early as 1922 and prior to 1948 – has made many overtures for peace that have been rebuffed by the Arabs.

      Israel’s quest for a peaceful resolution of the 100 years old conflict continues nonetheless.

      The international community fuels this Arab rejectionism because it panders to 57 Islamic states at the expense of the one Jewish State. Changing the international community’s focus would certainly advance the cause of peace.

      • Leon Poddebsky says:

        David

        The “international community” does not want its focus to be changed either on the Arab’Palestinians” war against the Jews, nor on Iran’s quest for the capacity to commit genocide.
        Iranian money is what is important particularly to Europe, not the existence of Israel or the Jewish People.

  2. Maurice May says:

    Some time ago that genius Kushner,according to David, was going to fix everything. Now that other genius Trump will fix everything. Dream on David.

    • David Singer says:

      Maurice

      Once again following your usual unsubstantiated character assassination tactics – you attempt to put words in my mouth I have never uttered or written.

      Please prove me wrong by pointing out where I have ever said or written that Kushner or Trump would fix everything.

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