Egypt is Quietly Backing Trumps Jerusalem Policy
In Egypt the most popular form of television is the national talk shows, the government knowing this uses them to help persuade their people to come to the position it sees as best for itself. In a very surprising move Egypt has started to have people bring up the Trump Jerusalem move, to argue that maybe it is time for the Palestinians to look to Ramallah and not Jerusalem as their capital.
This was further backed up by the New York Times reporting of leaks that Egypt had officers calling talk show hosts to have them bring this up, turns out what Egypt is doing publically is to save face, but what they are doing privately is much more practical.
“Like all our Arab brothers,” Egypt would denounce the decision in public, the officer, Capt. Ashraf al-Kholi, told the hosts.
Egypt know at this point a breaking off of relations with Israel, or worse a conflict between the two that could grow into a war, this is not something that is desirable with them. Further, with the problems with a expansionist Iran, many of these traditional enemies of Israel have had to say one thing in public for the sake of saving face, yet their actions behind the scenes are actually more pragmatic, and yes, more in tune with Israeli policy.
The reason for this is simple, with the exception of Egypt there is not one Middle East nation that could stand up to the force that Iran brings, as the old saying goes, “A enemy of my enemy is my friend” seems to be holding true here as they push to work with Israel rather then antagonize the nation to keep up a quiet but vital offset to Iran.
We have seen this not only with Egypt, but Saudi Arabia who is one of the leaders in the Arab world, just days before the Trump decision, with the knowledge already of what direction he was going to stand in regards to Jerusalem, Saudi Arabia’s Prince Mohammed bin Salman, privately urged the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, to accept a radically curtailed vision of statehood.
What was the most shocking of all, the Saudi’s are now pushing their own peace plan with the Palestinians, where they see the settlements stay in place, the Palestinians are given semi-sovereignty, yet still working with the Israeli government. In this the Israeli’s will have sovereignty over the settlements, East Jerusalem would stay as part of a undivided capital, and there would be no right of return.
In this the Arabs under Abbas were told they would be wise to settle for such a agreement due to expansion of settlements, least they wait more years and find less left with them to negotiate over.
These cracks are still somewhat shocking, but are not surprising as the Arabs are seeking to draw the hammer Israel brings as a counter weight to Iran’s continued push in the region.
Abbas is left with a choice, one that seems to be closing in on him, he can either work with what he has offered, seems the status quo we have seen for years is starting to cave in since Trump has made his Jerusalem Policy statement. We now have other nations speaking of moving their embassies to Jerusalem, some of the Arab world is turning from what they once supported, to the point of war, the question is if Abbas is capable of figuring this out.
Once more a move by Trump that was scoffed at by the left, seems to be moving in a direction he predicted it would, could there be more to him then what we were told?