Let me show you a clip of Jared Kushner, Ivanka's husband and Donald Trump's general fixer.
In the clip, Kushner talks about resolving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. My first reaction to hearing this was how long it's been since I've heard anyone talk seriously about this issue. Kushner wants to try the economic angle to encourage peace.
You know the Sherlock Holmes story where the clue was the dog that didn't bark? I think sometimes we're so busy responding to the dogs that do bark, we don't always notice the voices we no longer hear.
For a Canadian example, look at the national unity crisis under Stephen Harper. Rather, the lack of a crisis under Stephen Harper. You'd think that an Albertan taking a national election would boil the separatism issue over, but the Bloc Quebecois really just evaporated as a party. Western separatism similarly cooled down.
For a decade — national unity was the dog that didn’t bark. Incredible how quickly Justin Trudeau has inflamed that, by the way.
I do not want to dismiss the tragic loss of life associated with Israeli disputes with their Arab neighbors, but I want to point out that the amount of interest media coverage about Israel and the Palestinians is bizarrely disproportionate compared to other conflicts, even in the same region.
The media made the conflict look big, especially during Bill Clinton's presidency. And maybe Bill Clinton wanted some sort of legacy other than Monica Lewinsky. Maybe Israel too was feeling strong, and so they joined together to become known as the bringers of peace.
And so, Israel and America offered a terrorist named Yasser Arafat everything. Billions of dollars, land, the Temple Mount — but Arafat said no. He didn't want peace, and I've heard it said that he was worried he himself would be overthrown by “hardliners.” Or maybe he didn't want the boring, hard work of building a country. Maybe he thought: I’ll wait out these infidels. I won’t go down in history as the Muslim to make peace with the Jews. Who knows. At any rate, he scuppered it.
More recently with the departure of Barack Obama, the focus on the Israel-Palestine issue has disappeared. I mean, Canada and the leftists of the EU aren’t important in the region.
But Trump has brought it back on his own terms, tweeting about the hundreds of millions of American tax dollars sent to Palestine. And with the movement of the US Embassy to Jerusalem, the ownership negotiation of that city has been taken off the table.
This method of finding peace has already been tried under Clinton with Arafat. Maybe the rest of the Muslim world is a bit tired of the Palestinian issue. They’re concerned about other issues.
Maybe the Palestinians do want to be rich, and they'll play along. Maybe Donald Trump will drive a hard bargain. I don’t know. But I’m skeptic.
NEXT: Breitbart editor-at-large Joel Pollak joins me to give a more positive view of this situation.
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