The first thing I want to do is talk about what we just saw in there. The Security Council just finished its regular monthly meeting on Middle East issues. It’s the first meeting like that that I’ve attended, and I have to say it was a bit strange. The Security Council is supposed to discuss how to maintain international peace and security. But at our meeting on the Middle East, the discussion was not about Hizballah’s illegal build-up of rockets in Lebanon. It was not about the money and weapons Iran provides to terrorists. It was not about how we defeat ISIS. It was not about how we hold Bashar al-Assad accountable for the slaughter of hundreds and thousands of civilians. No, instead, the meeting focused on criticizing Israel, the one true democracy in the Middle East. I am new around here, but I understand that’s how the Council has operated, month after month, for decades.
I’m here to say the United States will not turn a blind eye to this anymore.
It’s a sentiment that only a few contemporary thinkers have touched on. And when they did, it was in a fleeting manner, without elaborating on why it is that if Israel falls, Europe will soon follow. It’s not a new sentiment. A year after the Six Day War, Eric Hoffer, America’s “blue-collar philosopher“, wrote a short paragraph about the matter…
When they met on Wednesday, US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin were both walking wounded.
Netanyahu arrived in Washington the center of a criminal investigation the chief characteristic of which is that selected details of the probe are regularly leaked to the media by anonymous sources who cannot be challenged or held to account.
These anonymous sources, from inside the police and state prosecution, use hand-picked reporters who all share a visceral hatred of Netanyahu, to present a version of the probe to the public that besmirches Netanyahu and his family.
I have long maintained that while all 3 major parties express support for Israel among the Liberal and NDP that support runs only as deep as the official leadership as opposed to strong support for Israel among the rank and file of the Conservative party. This survey seems to bolster that assumption. Note the survey was commissioned by IJV – Independent Jewicidal Voices but conducted by EKOS.
The poll’s major finding supports my contention:
The poll found that far more Canadians had a negative (46%) than a positive (28%) opinion of the Israeli government. This was particularly true of Liberal Party supporters (55% vs 22%); NDPers (61% vs 7%); Greens (58% vs 5%); and Bloc Quebecois supporters (78% vs 10%). Only Conservative Party supporters tended to have more positive than negative opinions of the Israeli government (21% vs 58%).
Many reports on the Bibi Netanyahu/Donald Trump love-fest/press conference Wednesday focused on the minor contretemps between the two leaders regarding the settlements. But that felt like a side show, a scène obligatoire in a very old drama, meant only to be dispensed with to get to the meat of the conflict.
The real headline — and it’s a big one — from the meeting of the two leaders had leaked before they met and was reiterated by Trump afterwards: the new administration no longer necessarily adheres only to the two-state solution. Anything acceptable to the two parties is fine with them as long as it yields a lasting peace.
By ceaselessly delegitimizing, boycotting, criticizing Israel, the “good people” are justifying an additional step, one in which Israel will disappear.
The “good people” feel it is natural, even logical and just, that Israel accept the offenses launched on its territory and people. And there are many offenses: the terror attacks, the diplomatic attacks and the attacks on Israel’s legitimacy.
The Jewish State is not really considered sovereign: Jews are only guests of history. “The Gaza Strip” and the “West Bank” have become the set of a Palestinian TV production about the “Israeli repression”. This is the paradox of public opinion: anti-Semitism is most intense among the “good people”, the media, the NGOs, the bureaucratic machine, the churches. The fate of Gilad Shalit never raised one tenth of the concern these “good people” feel for the terrorists in Guantanamo Bay.
Support for Israel among Democrats has plummeted in recent years, a new Pew poll shows, with about as many – 31 percent – saying they sympathize more with the Palestinians than with Israel, which garnered 33 percent support.
By contrast, 74 percent of Republicans surveyed sympathize more with the Jewish state. That is the widest partisan gap since 1978.
WASHINGTON — In his first official press briefing today, White House press secretary Sean Spicer indicated that the new administration was pumping the brakes for now on at least one policy move that had been expected.
President Trump frequently said on the campaign trail that he would follow the 1995 act of Congress requiring that the U.S. Embassy be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. “We will move the American embassy to the eternal capital of the Jewish people, Jerusalem,” he told the American Israel Public Affairs Committee in March.
The embassy was supposed to be relocated by 1999. Presidents have used national security waivers every six months, though, to delay the move.
Now we can finally build,” Jerusalem Deputy Mayor Meir Turgeman told Agence France Press hours after US President Donald Trump took the oath of office. “I was told to wait until Trump takes office because he has no problem with building in Jerusalem.”
The White House has said it is in the early stages of talks to fulfil Donald Trump’s pledge to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, an action that is likely to spark anger in the Arab world.
“We are at the very beginning stages of even discussing this subject,” White House spokesman Sean Spicer said on Sunday.
A threat from a junior London-based Israeli embassy worker to ‘take down’ a British government minister drew an immediate apology from the country’s most senior diplomat.
The Mail on Sunday newspaper posted undercover footage, taken in a covert sting operation, of the embassy employee telling a reporter from Al-Jazeera that “I want to take down… the Deputy Foreign Minister” (Sir Alan Duncan) – a long-time critic of Israel, and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson’s second-in-command.