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Trump Deletes Arafat From Accord Signing

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It is a well-known fact of history that to the victor belongs the spoils.

And one of those spoils is the ability to reshape history. Donald Trump has won the presidency. He is now busy reshaping history.

On Wednesday, President Trump met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the White House. The usual "we want peace" talking points were exchanged. The word "justice" was not included.

Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike were ignored by Trump. Sean Spicer, Trump's press spokesman later claimed the President suggested to Abbas that he cease funding families of political prisoners held in Israeli jails.

Since that would be both inhumane to the prisoners and politically devastating to President Abbas, he most certainly would have brushed aside such an idea.

President Trump began his cordial welcoming words to President Abbas with one of those blatant distortions of history that good staff work might have avoided. Unless, that is, the distortion was deliberate.

This is the way President Trump welcomed President Mahmoud Abbas to the White House: "Almost 24 years ago, it was on these grounds that President Abbas stood with a courageous peacemaker, then-Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. Here at the White House, President Abbas signed a Declaration of Principles -- very important -- which laid the foundation for peace between the Israelis and Palestinians."

Bill Clinton, Yitzhak Rabin, Yasser Arafat at the White House 1993-09-13
Bill Clinton, Yitzhak Rabin, Yasser Arafat at the White House 1993-09-13
(Image by Wikipedia (commons.wikimedia.org), Author: Vince Musi / The White House)
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Not content with this shading of truth, Trump sought to link the Oslo Accords to what he believes could be his own Trumpian contribution to history:

"Mr. President, you signed your name to the first Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement. You remember that well, right? And I want to support you in being the Palestinian leader who signs his name to the final and most important peace agreement that brings safety, stability, and prosperity to both peoples and to the region."

There is a problem with this recall of history. It writes former Palestinian President Yasar Arafat out of a major moment of history.

Abbas was, indeed, a member of the Palestinian delegation which traveled to the White House for the historic September, 1993, signing ceremony.

Abbas was certainly in the Palestinian delegation headed by then-PLO leader Yasar Arafat. He most certainly did not sign with "a courageous peacemaker, then-Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin".

And, he did not stand with Yitzhak Rabin. That would be Yasar Arafat, as the historic picture (above), clearly demonstrates.

Rabin did not sign the statement. Arafat did not sign it. They had representatives to do the signing for them.

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