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Another Reason For McMaster To Go

Our friends at the Gatestone Institute have pointed-out another reason why President Donald Trump should get rid of his failed National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster: his view that there is moral equivalence between our ally Israel and anti-Western Muslim dictatorships.

Gatestone’s writer A.Z. Mohamed pointed out that during McMaster’s address to the American Jewish Committee's Global Forum in Washington on June 4, 2017, McMaster called for a "reassessment of regional H.R. McMasterrelationships, most notably between Israel and a number of our Arab partners -- all friends of America, but too often adversaries of each other."

McMaster was referring to the counter-terrorism initiative that President Donald Trump launched two weeks earlier in Saudi Arabia. McMaster called the move "an opportunity."

While we agree it is indeed an opportunity, it is an opportunity that requires action on the part of the Arab Muslim states, not Israel.

Judging by his previous statements -- for example, during a speech in honor of Israel Independence Day at the Israeli Embassy in Washington in May -- McMaster considers one aspect of this opportunity to be a resolution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. This is where his approach is misguided, if not totally counter-productive writes A.Z. Mohamed.

In the first place, the Arab states have never been America's allies in the way that Israel has been. Israel and the U.S. not only share a Western value system, but the Jewish state is a technological, economic and military democratic power in an unstable Middle East ruled by dictatorships.

Speaking about them in the same breath not only indicates a lack of understanding of the region, but necessarily hinders any attempt on the part of the U.S. administration to revive long-stalled negotiations between Israeli and Palestinian leaders, let alone achieve a peace deal. As Middle East scholar Daniel Pipes explains, peace is achieved through victory over one's enemies, not by appeasement or dangerous compromises.

If McMaster were merely exhibiting a misunderstanding of how things work in the Middle East, it would be bad enough writes A.Z. Mohamed.

Yet this is not the greatest problem with his attitude towards Israel and the Palestinians. More serious is his anti-Israel, pro-Palestinian bias, as an article in the Conservative Report, based on comments by senior West Wing and defense officials, reveals.

According to the piece, "McMaster has emerged as a man fiercely opposed to strengthening the U.S. alliance with the Jewish state" -- one who "constantly refers to the [historically false] existence of a Palestinian state before 1947," and "who describes Israel as an 'illegitimate,' 'occupying power.'"

This, says A.Z. Mohamed is in keeping with McMaster's ideology in general. During his first "all hands" staff meeting on February 23, 2017, he called terrorism "un-Islamic" and the term "radical Islamic terrorism" not helpful.

Prior to the meeting, retired U.S. Army Col. Peter Mansoor told Fox News that McMaster, with whom he served in Iraq during the 2007 surge of American troops, "absolutely does not view Islam as the enemy... and will present a degree of pushback against the theories being propounded in the White House that this is a clash of civilizations and needs to be treated as such."

In response to mounting criticism against the national security adviser in conservative circles, Trump said in a statement emailed to the New York Times, "General McMaster and I are working very well together. He is a good man and very pro-Israel. I am grateful for the work he continues to do serving our country."

This may be an attempt on Trump's part to mitigate the damage done by the manpower upheaval in the White House, and allay fears of further turmoil concluded A.Z. Mohamed.

Finding moral equivalence between anti-Western Muslim dictatorships and Israel, which shares our Western value system, is not just a folly, it is a dangerous misunderstanding of the realities of the Middle East that confirms H.R. McMaster's is unfit to serve as President Trump's National Security Advisor.

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McMaster has systematically dumped or fired many conservative Whitehouse allies connected to the security services.i.E Higgins. Trump has put his trust into a man (McMaster)who will at every turn do something to stab Trump in the back. He is a pro Islamist supporter. He is anti Israel. Trump gave him a position as a National Security adviser. Heaven help America