President Trump’s bold decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to move the embassy there from Tel Aviv is both long overdue and a stroke of genius.
For eight decades, the Arabs of what was known as Southern Syria and later transformed into the mythical Palestinians by Yasser Arafat have behaved like Leon Trotsky at Brest-Litovsk.
As the German military moved farther into Russia, the Soviets sent Trotsky to meet the German high command at Brest-Litovsk.
The Germans, being on the offensive and having shown their military superiority while Russia was engaged in revolution, eagerly looked forward to a treaty that would put an end to the eastern front.
Trotsky arrived at Brest-Litovsk with his own soapbox. For days, the Germans sat back and indulged his attempts to harangue the troops with communist propaganda and tolerated his slogan, “No war, no peace.”
After all, how could the Russians not want peace? Germany was occupying large swaths of Russian territory. The infamous Galicia campaign had devastated the Russian army. Russia was in the midst of an internal power struggle. Peace was the only rational choice.
After days of sloganeering, Trotsky left, sticking to his position of “no war, no peace.” The German high command was shocked and dismayed at this irrational behavior.
Observing a power vacuum, the Germans did what any army would do: They marched forward.