For John, BLUF: I wonder where we would be if Mrs Clinton has been elected? Nothing to see here; just move along.
So, it is from Axios, but by Mr Barak Ravid of Israel's Channel 10 news. The date was 29 April 2018.
Here is how Law Professor Glenn Harlan Reynolds covered it:
DIPLOMACY: Saudi Crown Prince: Palestinians should take what the U.S. offers. “In a closed-door meeting with heads of Jewish organizations in New York on March 27th, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS) gave harsh criticism of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen), according to an Israeli foreign ministry cable sent by a diplomat from the Israeli consulate in New York, as well three sources — Israeli and American — who were briefed about the meeting. The bottom line of the crown prince’s criticism: Palestinian leadership needs to finally take the proposals it gets from the U.S. or stop complaining.”I realize that President Trump just doesn't understand how the Diplomatic Game is played, but one wonders if the Diplomatic Game is all about keeping things frozen in place. With President Trump we get movement. As my Oldest Son suggested, maybe Mr Trump won because God saw that he was the only candidate prepared to actually move the US Embassy to Jerusalem. Not saying that happened, but it could be an explanation. I wonder where Special Counsel Robert Mueller would come down on Mr Trump colluding with God. In days past we actively colluded with God, asking for his Blessing. Today? Who knows where the courts would come down.
Plus: “He made clear the Palestinian issue was not a top priority for the Saudi government or Saudi public opinion. MBS said Saudi Arabia ‘has much more urgent and important issues to deal with’ like confronting Iran’s influence in the region. . . . A source who was briefed on the meeting told me the attendees were stunned when they heard the Saudi Crown Prince comments on the Palestinian issue. ‘People literally fell off their chairs,’ the source said.”
Amazing that this took a month to leak, but it says volumes about how America’s mideast diplomacy has changed things. And reportedly it was Jared Kushner who got the Crown Prince on board.
Hat tip to the InstaPundit.
Regards — Cliff