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Historic Middle East meeting … what was missing?

Historic Middle East meeting … what was missing?

The new Prime Minister of Israel, Naftali Bennett, traveled to Dubai – the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) – to engage in a historic diplomatic meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed.  Bennett was the first Israeli head-of-state to visit the Arab nation.

Both sides proclaimed the meeting to be a major success – and a milestone in the relationship between the Jewish and Muslim states.  Ironically, it came at a time when the Israeli-American relationship has cooled.  The shifting of these relationships was over the same issue — Iran.

The Biden administration has re-engaged in efforts to have the United States re-enter the old Nuclear Agreement with Iran.  Israel believes that will directly impact on the security of the Jewish state.  Conversely, the folks in Dubai tend to side with Israel on the issue of Iran as a disrupter of Middle East peace.

So, what was missing in this breakthrough?  

The United States – specifically President Biden.  That is because he was not part of the negotiations because we were not in agreement with fundamental issues that brought about the meeting.  Oh … the White House will claim some sidebar participation, but the United States was not at the table. 

Not since President Carter’s Camp David Accords that brought peace and cooperation between Israel and Egypt has there been progress in promoting Israeli/Arab harmony until President Trump – through Jared Kushner – embarked on a broad policy initiative.  It resulted in peace agreements to establish normal relations between Israel and four Arab states – one of which was officially at a state-of-war with the Jewish Republic.

Also, the general policy of bringing about more peaceful relationships between Israel and its Arab neighbors was never in the Democrat playbook since Carter.  President Obama had shifted America to what he called a more balanced approach to the Middle East.  His policy was more beneficial to Arab interests – including the Palestinians, Hamas and the PLO.  The old Iran Nuclear Agreement was a prime example.

If America had any influence on this historic meeting in Dubai, the credit goes back to Trump and Kushner.  (I know those on the left have a “never say anything good about Trump” policy, but come on, man.  He and his people did do some very good things.)

Prior to the end of the Trump presidency, Israel was already engaging with four other Arab nations to normalize relationships – including the UAE.  The meeting between heads-of-states was the culmination of that almost two-year effort that commenced in the final year of the Trump presidency.

The fact that the United States under Biden played virtually no role in this major step forward in establishing peace in the Middle East – and the acceptance of Israel as a legitimate state with a right to exist – is yet another example of America’s decline on the world stage.

It illustrates that once again Biden is on the wrong side of history and events around the world.  While Biden brags about his extensive history and experience in foreign affairs, his presidency – and his popularity – suggest an unanticipated and inexplicable incompetency.

Regardless, the normalizing of the relationship between Israel and the UAE is good news for the two nations, the Middle East and the world – even if the United States was sitting in the bleachers.

So. There ‘tis.

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Larry Horist

So,there‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry Horist Larry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.


  1. Ben

    Wait, Didn’t Jared solve “piece in the Middle East ? Why are we still talking about this? Oh… wait, he didn’t ?

    If only we hadn’t overthrown the democratically elected Government of Iran so we could keep getting cheap oil. Maybe the religious fundamentalism that has gripped the nation and region ( the Middle East’s, not America’s) would be the huge issue it is now.

    Larry, you just don’t seem to learn from the past, this does NOT impact us, every time we meddle in a sovereign nations politics, it ends up coming back to bite us. Y’all got 3 more years before you can start another unnecessary war. Chill for a couple of years.

    Regardless if we are there or not, it doesn’t impact us and it’s a step in the right direction. Sounds like a win/win

    • frank stetson

      Maybe this will work better than if the US was there, that would be a better outcome for them to work together even though Larry feels we need to babysit.

      And maybe Iran will come back to the program and we can, together, reduce some nuclear proliferation in the world.

      Both would be great. Thanks Larry.

    • Joe Gilbertson

      Seems to me that Jared had 3 Arabic countries officially recognize Israel. Too bad a rigged election didn’t allow him to continue.

      • frank stetson

        Joey, Joey, Joey….. It’s so sad that the party of “win one for the Gipper,” has become the party of “Steal one for the Ripper.”

        The election was not rigged. That’s The Big Lie. A half dozen recounts by the States say it wasn’t rigged. Recounts by “the Rippers” own hand-picked brownshirts who knew nothing about the process of voting in the State they were counting. Over 60 court cases, Federal, State and Supreme, say it wasn’t rigged. Pence says he can’t overturn it; one man can not decide an American election. That’s just what the Trumper wanted to do. Full autocrat is what you want for your President.
        A Commander in Revenge.

        “The Rippers” hand-picked ambulance chasers all chastised, unable to practice law, reprimanded by the court, sent for re-training in ethics, remanded to the states for further punishment and disbarment. Not a good showing at all. The only thing that has worked is the sheep continued donations and The Don’s complete control of the ReRipperublican party including you, Joey G and Larry H, H for “holds-his-nose.”

        I got you your voter fraud data, from your think tank, The Heritage Group, and posted it here. It says you are full of it on THIS TOPIC of a 2020 rigged election. Only a handful of 2020 Presidential election fraud convictions, many of them Republican. Beyond voter fraud, ex-President Legitimate Political Discourse with a fist, tried to have the military seize voting machines so The Ripper could win this one himself with his own vote count.

        Give it a rest, The Big Lie dog don’t hunt. And if is does, that means we did it, we got you, and there’s nothing you can do about it but whine, cry, and throw hissy fits at the Capitol. You can’t catch us, you can’t prove didley squat.

        The funny thing is, Trump’s Middle East work is a huge success. Why not take the win instead of trying for the extend to The Big Lie redux. America not attending this summit only makes it look all Trump. Biden isn’t even trying to steal the win from him on this. But then you have to step right in it, with both feet, sink up to your ankles in, well, you know what you stepped in.

        You really need to let The Big Lie go. It doesn’t help your party or you to do this. Didn’t your 2021 wins teach you anything? Cuz you keep telling us you be Republicans, you be better than Trump, you are ready to move on. Except for those who continue to step in it. You, Kevin M. and the kids gonna go down for the count on this one. Need to pivot.

        • Floyd

          It’s not a lie you ignorant dumbass. That’s why many of us refuse to be governed by Biden

          • Frank stetson

            And how exactly do you do that?

            Kabuki theater?

    • larry Horist

      Ben … you just seem to not know the past. I do not recall overthrowing a democratically elected regime in Iran. The entire mess began when Carter handed the country over to the radicals. The Shah was a dictator, but so was his successor. The only difference was the Shah was allied to the US and his fall left the nation in the hands of the Muslim terrorists. Outside of Israel, I am not aware of any Middle East Arab nation that is a democracy. On the other hand … Carter meddling with Egypt turned out pretty well. You think the four nations that made peace with Israel under Trump’s meddling was a bad thing? I have no idea where you are going with that ill-informed and irrational comment.

  2. Theodore Sueck

    You know Larry, I read what you have to say and can often find reason to find hope in what’s going on in the world. Afterwards I tend to read what your two primary antagonists have to say and find myself feeling nauseous that they may actually claim to be American. Then I start to laugh at the idiocy that they tend to spew. Afterwards I wait for the idiocy to be aimed at me because I tend to support you. I’m rather glad that we both have thick skins and shoulders broad enough for their attempts at wit (which fail miserably) to roll off of.

    • Ben

      Teddy, who are you? Larry has so many pro war boot lickers, it’s hard to keep track. I don’t remember you saying anything provocative enough to respond to.

      • Walter

        Better than being a democrat ass licker

      • larry Horist

        Ben … You just did …lol

  3. Frank stetson

    Yeah, mine was really antagonistic. Not.

    But I guess hoping for peace, thanking Larry, is pretty fucking un-American in your opinion.

    • Theodore Sueck

      Like a trained seal, you reply right on que. Too bad your reading comprehension needs work. I always hope for peace and thank Larry for his input. I never said that you sounded un-American this time, although most of the time you usually do. Don’t bother answering this time as I’ve already had enough of you.

  4. Frank stetson

    Yeah, thick skin and broad shoulders you have as you lash out calling me a trained seal. .

    And sure, “claim to be American” could never mean un-American. Is my hope for peace in the world less than yours? Did I ever say you have no hope?

  5. Ac

    Why would Biden attend a meeting with the leaders of Israel and UAE? Probably for the same reason neither Israel or UAE would send a delegation when Canada’s leadership meets with US leaders for talks apropos to issues between just those two countries. Even if Canada and Mexico planned a meeting for a discussion about just their concerns that had nothing to do with US interests, would Biden not attending that meeting draw Larry’s suspicion and derogatory rhetoric.
    France and Russia’s leadership is meeting because both are part of Europe and the French have a large interest in stability in the region. Russia’s Putin has placed his troops in unprecedented numbers on the boarder Russia shares Ukraine. What purpose this show serves only Putin himself may only know. But France is more intimately involved than the US, more than just geographic proximity. Is Biden have some expected role to play in that summit as well.
    Just how far and to what extent do Republicans conservatively believe Biden should extend himself and the US into diplomacy and keeping of the peace world wide.
    The Republicans belief relative to the US President’s role and duty in the world seems contrary to their expectations for their party’s man in the former president’s record gaining and holding respect from the top leaders of those countries which are traditional post WWII friends and Allie’s.
    An American President at this time in this nation’s history does have an international responsibility, but not as Larry and his party want for this particular President. What they have in mind is a fool’s errand and yet another bridge to far. This expectation of Biden for whatever purpose the Republicans wish, appears to be the exact behavior Republicans rant on and on over.
    Governmental over reach by the Democratic Party is the right’s catch phrase. The US President should not be push into “over reach” in the affairs of other countries in times of relative peace.
    We should all be in agreement on the matter that we the people in the US have huge pile of troubles needing urgent attention by governments – Federal and State level – that are currently not being addressed. Enumerating items on the list and which level of government is responsible seems unnecessary because the list is the responsibility of those at every level. And, it will demand bipartisan support from the grass roots on up through the ranks to the top echelon.
    All of us are called as fellow Americans in the fight and whatever is needed for holding our nation together. Of excuses, there can be none. As in war time, the nation becomes serious and focussed on defeating the enemy. Now, we are not meeting one defined enemy. Many enemies are constantly at the proverbial gate, while a greater force is inside proceeding to destroy democracy with its rights and freedoms.
    One does need to have a level of self realization so we all can see the enemy within ourself.
    Each of us profess love for our country, I hope. Then we must understand that each one alone is not strong enough although a whole bunch, even as much as the majority of Americans lie to themselves believing in self sufficiency. We truly are in it together, no matter what the “it” happens to be.
    A call for unity, bipartisanship, or a coming together on some level has been scoffed at because of gross pride and a delusional sense of superiority that does not see nor understand its merits.
    President Lincoln was right and common sense can see why he was right, when he spoke biblical wisdom as truth, “ a house divided can not stand”. We all know what he was referring to, but few today understand its consequences when ignored, down played, and or openly relish and exploit disunity. That is seen in partisan behavior dripping with hubris failing on others though to be inferior and worthy of denigration.
    It’s an utter irony that hubris is the fault of both partisans. Each lobs insults and rejoinders at a supposed adversary and believe the “owned” the other. Owned is not happening. Neither of the opponents’ beliefs are shaken, or changed, or just slightly amended. So, at the end of the day, did any of the back and forth bring the participants closer to greater over arching objective, Unity.
    At the outset Larry has a goal in mind initiating a particular piece of prosaic commentary living his singular opinion on a chosen topic. What that goal is has several objectives attached. The goal maybe multifactorial. Yet the several stirring the pot objectives seem not subordinate to the usual authors’ goal.
    In question then are the ultimate purpose goals PBP established when it first started out with the lead in post. Doubtful, just from a years observation, in my opinion did PBP begin with unifying the polarized and tribal condition plaguing our nation’s general health and sapping it vitality.
    With a nation’s people teetering on the edge of anarchy, vigilanteism, and open rebellion, why go and plant more seeds of division and nutrients old wounds from fights lost years ago?
    We can agree the media in general has contributed massively to the degeneration of our people’s moral ethical characters. The usual villains should be held accountable, but society will not detox themselves of a sadistic addiction draining their will to determine what is truth and what a lie wrapped in conspiracy.
    Unfortunately, the low point came on January 6, 2021 with an attack on our democracy that was the definition of insurrection as viewed objectively and not with partisan bias. Neither was it some random tourists’ unexplained rowdy behavior and excitement in the moment.

  6. Ac

    Why does PBP choose the ads it does that appear in the middle of posts? The ads are blatant ugly misuse of the “freedom off speech”. You should be ashamed for participating in a transaction which delivers negative messaging.

    • Buck

      Ac you should be ashamed to try to silence people. But that’s what leftist democrats do. So you should be the one to be silent. You prove in your rambling posts that you’re a dumbass

      • Frank stEtson

        That was a very silly thing to say.

        You just can’t discuss issues for love or money.

        • Buck

          That’s the issue, fool. The cancel culture is trying to silence people. I guess that you people think that because you stole an election that you can dictate to everyone. Nice try but it ain’t happening

    • larry Horist

      AC …. when people say someone is abusing freedom of speech, that scares me. That is the talk of authoritarians. Go back and study the First Amendment. Some of the responders to my writing insult me … call me a liar … accuse me of terrible things … but I would never propose silencing them. Free speech apples to the angry … the ugly … the ignorant. They say some speech needs to be censored because it can be hurtful. True, But that is the problem of the thin-skinned and the weak … people with low self-esteem or weak wills. We cannot regulate speech based on wounded egos and still have a free society. As you know … I am not a fan of course language, but those who are have the right. My reaction is personal disrespect … not censorship.

      • Big Daddy

        Larry, I’m glad you support freedom of speech, even if your Republican buddies are burning books and turning us into a Nation of snitches and spies.

        I will be posting under various names starting with a B until you get your imposter contributors that post under my name under control.