Mike Huckabee, May 10, 2017
President Trump met last week with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Afterward, Trump said he hoped to act as a mediator or arbitrator for peace between the Palestinians and Israelis. And Abbas made it abundantly clear why that is impossible. First, he called on Israel to withdraw to its pre-1967 borders, a popular demand among Israel’s enemies because it would leave them with borders that would be impossible to defend against attacks. Second, Abbas said nothing about stopping his government’s support of terrorism and anti-Semitism, which ranges from teaching small children to hate and kill Jews in classrooms to granting state honors to terrorists who murder innocents Israelis and government payouts to their survivors.
That type of vicious, violent hatred can’t be hammered out or compromised in mediation. It needs to be thoroughly and sincerely repudiated before anyone espousing it is even allowed into the same room as the table where serious leaders sit down to broker peace deals.