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The right will destroy Israel

Source: Antiwar.com
by Uri Avnery

“The simple fact is that the Right has no picture of the future, no program, not even a dream. Only vague sentiments. That may be its strength. Sentiments are a strong force in the life of nations. What the Right would really like is the endless continuation of the present situation: the military occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem, and the indirect occupation of the Gaza Strip, enforced by blockade. Cold logic says that this is an unnatural situation that cannot go on forever. Sooner or later it has to be institutionalized. How? There are two possibilities, and only two: an apartheid state or a binational state. That is so obvious, that even the most fanatical right-winger cannot deny it. No one even tries to. There is a vague hope that the Arabs in Palestine will somehow pack up and just go away. That will not happen. The unique circumstances of 1948 will not and cannot repeat themselves.” (12/30/17)


NBA website removes mention of Palestine occupation after Israeli pol whines about it

Source: The Guardian [UK]

“Israel’s far-right sports and culture minister has taken credit for the US National Basketball Association’s decision to remove the description ‘occupied’ from its depiction of Palestine on its website, despite the fact that the phrase describes the internationally recognised legal status of the Palestinian territories. The NBA’s site originally listed ‘occupied Palestine territories’ and at time of writing had deleted the word ‘occupied’ at the instance of two Israeli ministers, one of whom suggested they were in fact part of Israel.” (12/29/17)


Report: Israel, US sign secret deal for escalation of security theater over Iran

Source: Arutz Sheva [Israel]

“Israel and the United States signed a joint memorandum of understanding (MOU) to cooperate to counter the Iranian nuclear and ballistic missile threat, according to a report by Channel 10 News. According to the report, the MOU was signed on December 12 at the White House following discussions between Israeli and US intelligence officials.” (12/28/17)


Israel: Knesset passes law to shield grifters like Netanyahu from police mention

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Israel’s parliament has voted to approve controversial legislation restricting police powers. The law prevents investigators from recommending whether the attorney general should charge suspects in some of the most high-profile cases. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said it would protect innocent people. But critics said the legislation was an attempt to reduce scrutiny of corruption investigations into Mr Netanyahu himself. … Mr Netanyahu is a suspect in two corruption investigations. One concerns alleged meddling in the media industry; the other gifts he allegedly received from wealthy businessmen.
He has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing, saying he is the victim of a politically motivated witch hunt.” (12/28/17)


Nikki Haley: The bold scold of the Trump administration

Source: The American Conservative
by Doug Bandow

“As governor of South Carolina, Nikki Haley didn’t have much need to worry about foreign policy. Yet for reasons unknown (other than perhaps her Indian heritage), Donald Trump tapped her to be the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. There, she has performed to perfection, offering a model of the hubris and lack of awareness that consistently characterize U.S. foreign policy. What makes America different from other nations when it comes to foreign policy is the certainty that it is the right — indeed, the duty — of Americans to run the world. … Other governments have no right to make decisions about their own countries, and need to be told what’s right and wrong by Washington on any and every subject, day or night, in sunshine, rain, or snow. But another element of American exceptionalism is the fact that the U.S. is exempt from the rules it applies to other nations. Washington gets to lecture, but no one gets to tell Americans what they should do.” (12/27/17)


Guatemala: Regime to move embassy to Jerusalem

Source: The Epoch Times

“Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales said on Sunday he had given instructions to move the Central American country’s embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a few days after his government backed the United States in its decision to move its embassy. … The status of Jerusalem — home to sites holy to the Muslim, Jewish and Christian religions — is one of the thorniest obstacles to forging a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians, who want East Jerusalem as their capital.” (12/25/17)


UN votes 128-9 to condemn US embassy move to Jerusalem

Source: ABC News

“The United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly defied U.S. warnings and voted Thursday to condemn President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move the U.S. Embassy there from Tel Aviv. The resolution passed with 128 member states voting in favor of the resolution, nine voting against, and 35 countries abstaining. Israel joined the U.S. in voting ‘no.’ Notable abstentions included U.S. allies Canada and Australia, as well as others like Mexico and Argentina. The vote came after U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley issued a stern warning United Nations that the United States ‘will remember’ countries that voted for the measure.” (12/21/17)


Trump suggests US will cut off aid for countries that vote for UN resolution

Source: The Hill

“President Trump suggested on Wednesday that the United States could withhold foreign aid for countries that vote in favor of a United Nations (U.N.) resolution calling on the U.S. to withdraw its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Speaking at a Cabinet meeting, Trump echoed a comment made by U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley a day earlier, saying that the U.S. would take stock of the countries that voted for the resolution, which is set to go before the U.N. General Assembly on Thursday. … Trump said at the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday that Americans were ‘tired of this country being taken advantage of’ by other nations willing to oppose the U.S. on the world stage. ‘This isn’t like it used to be where they could vote against you, and then you pay them hundreds of millions of dollars and nobody knows what they’re doing,’ he said.” (12/20/17)


Erdogan: Turkey will open embassy to Palestine in east Jerusalem

Source: The Hill

“Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday said his nation plans to open an embassy in east Jerusalem, a move that follows the United States’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. … Erdogan’s statement comes after he and other Muslim world leaders during a summit in Istanbul last week slammed the United States’s announcement about Jerusalem. Erdogan at the summit reportedly called on countries to officially accept that Jerusalem is ‘the occupied capital of Palestine.’ President Trump earlier this month said the United States would officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, bucking years of precedent by the international community.” (12/17/17)


Next year in Jerusalem?

Source: National Review
by Kevin D Williamson

“Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas says he will no longer accept a role for the United States in the ongoing Arab–Israeli peace negotiations, which have produced little in the way of negotiation and nothing in the way of meaningful peace. If President Abbas desires to end diplomatic relations with the United States, the United States should think seriously about obliging him. … Abbas boasts that the Palestinian state and the Palestinian National Authority no longer receive U.S. aid, but that isn’t quite true. The United States is a very large contributor to UNRWA, the relief agency for Palestinian ‘refugees.’ … The United States is also a large contributor to other U.N. programs and international organizations that provide aid to the Palestinians …. In 2016, the United States gave more in aid to the Palestinians than any other country did. It is time to rethink that.” (12/14/17)