RESPONSE (Oh, Puh-leeze!) TO THE RESPONSE TO TRUMP'S REMARKS ON ACCESS HOLLYWOOD BY RUTH S. KING - "Even some conservatives have joined the caterwauling declaring that this is proof positive that Trump is not “presidential.” Presidential??? That bar was lowered decades ago." She gives examples: JFK with his Mafia molls, LBJ's toilet press conferences, Ted Kennedy ran for president after Chappaquiddick, the Dodd-Kennedy "waitress sandwich," Bill Clinton oh, so many things...on and on.
The Heroine of Foggy Bottom, US Amb. to the UN Nikki Haley gave an amazing speech to the UN Security Council on Feb. 20, 2018 in which she lays out the position of this administration regarding the Middle East "peace process."
She stated: "our well-founded belief that the United Nations spends an altogether disproportionate amount of time on Israeli-Palestinian issues. It's not that those issues are unimportant. They are certainly very important. The problem is that the UN has proven itself time and again to be a grossly biased organization when it comes to Israel.
"As such, the UN's disproportionate focus has actually made the problem more difficult to solve, by elevating the tensions and the grievances between the two parties."
And so much more, including her rejoinder to PA spokesperson Saeb Erakat who said of Haley: "She should shut up." Haley's response: "I will not shut up. Rather, I will respectfully speak some hard truths. The Palestinian leadership has a choice to make between two different paths. There is the path of absolutist demands, hateful rhetoric, and incitement to violence. That path has led, and will continue to lead, to nothing but hardship for the Palestinian people.
Or, there is the path of negotiation and compromise."Watch the whole speech by clicking on the link above or read the transcript.
President Trump made the following statement about Iran and sanctions on January 12, 2018:
The Iranian regime is the world’s leading state sponsor of terror. It enables Hezbollah, Hamas, and many other terrorists to sow chaos and kill innocent people. It has funded, armed, and trained more than 100,000 militants to spread destruction across the Middle East. It props up the murderous regime of Bashar al Assad, and has helped him slaughter his own people. The regime’s destructive missiles threaten neighboring countries and international shipping. Within Iran, the Supreme Leader and his Revolutionary Guard use mass arrests and torture to oppress and silence Iran's people. Iran's ruling elite let their citizens go hungry while enriching themselves by stealing Iran's national wealth.
Last October, I outlined to the American people—and to the world—my strategy for confronting these and other destructive activities. We are countering Iranian proxy wars in Yemen and Syria. We are cutting off the regime’s money flows to terrorists. We have sanctioned nearly 100 individuals and entities involved with the Iranian regime’s ballistic missile program and other illicit activities. Today, I am adding 14 more to the sanctions list. We are also supporting the brave Iranian citizens who are demanding change from a corrupt regime that wastes the Iranian people’s money on weapons systems at home and terrorism abroad. And crucially, we are calling on all nations to lend similar support to the Iranian people, who are suffering under a regime that is stifling basic freedoms and denying its citizens the opportunity to build better a life for their family—an opportunity that is every human being’s God-given right.
All this stands in stark contrast to the policy and actions of the previous Administration. President Obama failed to act as the Iranian people took to the streets in 2009. He turned a blind eye as Iran built and tested dangerous missiles and exported terror. Hecurriedfavor with the Iranian regime in order to push through the disastrously flawed Iran nuclear deal.
I have been very clear about my opinion of that deal. It gave Iran far too much in exchange for far too little. The enormous cash windfall the Iranian regime received because of the deal—more than $100 billion, including $1.8 billion in cash—has not been used to better the lives of the Iranian people. Instead, it has served as a slush fund for weapons, terror, and oppression, and to further line the pockets of corrupt regime leaders. The Iranian people know this, which is one reason why so many have taken to the streets to express their outrage.
Despite my strong inclination, I have not yet withdrawn the United States from the Iran nuclear deal. I have outlined two possible paths forward: fix the deal’s disastrous flaws, or the United States will withdraw.
I am open to working with Congress on bipartisan legislation on Iran. But any bill I sign must include four critical components.
First, it must demand that Iran allow immediate inspections at all sites requested by international inspectors.
Second, it must ensure that Iran never even comes close to possessing a nuclear weapon.
Third, unlike the nuclear deal, these provisions must have no expiration date. My policy is to deny Iran all paths to a nuclear weapon—not just for ten years, but forever.
If Iran does not comply with any of these provisions, American nuclear sanctions would automatically resume.
Fourth, the legislation must explicitly state in United States law—for the first time—that long-range missile and nuclear weapons programs are inseparable, and that Iran’s development and testing of missiles should be subject to severe sanctions.
In 2015, the Obama Administration foolishly traded away strong multilateral sanctions to get its weak nuclear deal. By contrast, my Administration is working with key European allies to secure a new supplemental agreement that would impose new multilateral sanctions if Iran develops or tests long-range missiles, thwarts inspections, or makes progress toward a nuclear weapon—requirements that should have been in the nuclear deal in the first place. And, like the bill I expect from Congress, these provisions must never expire.
I also call on all our allies to take stronger steps with us to confront Iran’s other malign activities. Among other actions, our allies should cut off funding to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, its militant proxies, and anyone else who contributes to Iran’s support for terrorism. They should designate Hezbollah—in its entirety—as a terrorist organization. They should join us in constraining Iran’s missile development and stopping its proliferation of missiles, including to Yemen. They should join us in countering Iran’s cyber and maritime threats and in taking action to deter the Iranian regime from violating its citizens’ human rights. And they should not do business with groups that enrich Iran’s dictatorship or fund the Revolutionary Guard and its terrorist proxies.
Today, I am waiving the application of certain nuclear sanctions, but only in order to secure our European allies’ agreement to fix the terrible flaws of the Iran nuclear deal. I will not do so again. This is a last chance. In the absence of such an agreement, the United States will withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal. Further, if at any time I judge that such an agreement is not within reach, I will withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal immediately.
No one should doubt my word. I said I would not certify the nuclear deal—and I did not. I will also follow through on this pledge. I hereby call on key European countries to join with the United States in fixing significant flaws in the deal, countering Iranian aggression, and supporting the Iranian people. If other nations fail to act during this time, I will terminate our deal with Iran. Those who, for whatever reason, choose not to work with us will be siding with the Iranian regime’s nuclear ambitions, and against the people of Iran and the peaceful nations of the world.
The Jews Who Choose Trump - Moment Magazine
“Trump suffers no confusion as to who is a friend and who is a foe,” the group writes. “Those people who place as their top priority the security of Israel—they’re voting for Trump,” Greenwald says. “And those that are Democrats first and Jews second—they’re voting for Hillary Clinton.”
In appreciation for President Trump's brave stand in recognizing, as official US policy, that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, Israel's Transportation Minister Israel Katz announced that a new train stop, one that will be nearest the Western Wall of the ancient Jewish Temple, will be named after President Donald Trump. Katz said: “The Western Wall is the holiest place for the Jewish people, and I decided to name the train station that leads to it after President Trump– following his historic and brave decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel.”
President Trump's Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, has been determined to carry out President Trump's policy to change the culture of bias against Israel at the UN. Ambassador Haley has described herself as the "new sheriff in town" and has carried out her vow regarding anti-Israel elements that she would "kick them every single time" they display their bias. Haley has taken aim at UN bodies that have repeatedly and disproportionately targeted Israel, including the Human Rights Council and UNESCO. In October 2017, the US announced that it would pull out of UNESCO due to its "anti-Israel bias."
In the wake of Trump's announcement on Jerusalem, Haleyblamed the world bodyfor being the real obstacle to Israeli-Palestinian peace and vetoed a UN Security Council resolution that called for the withdrawal of the US recognition of Jerusalem. When the same resolution was passed by the UN General Assembly, Haley said the vote "will be remembered." Before the General Assembly vote, she said that the US would be "taking names" of countries that supported the UN condemnation of Trump's Jerusalem move.
Our mission in this stage of JewsChooseTrump.org is to ensure the commitments made by the Trump Campaign - the ones that drew us to support him for president - are not derailed either by the disinformation campaign being waged against him or because other priorities push these issues aside. These commitments include:
dismantling the Iran Deal; protecting Americans from un-vetted and potentially dangerous immigrants while heeding humanitarian needs; andensuring the unfettered safety and growth of the Jewish State. The articles posted here address those issues - either correcting distortions or elucidating the value of the programs and their representatives.
On December 6, 2017,President Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israeland declared plans to eventually move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. The president called the policy changes "long overdue" and said recognition of Jerusalem as the capital is "obvious" given that all of Israel's government functions are located there. "This is nothing more or less than a recognition of reality,"said Trump. "It is also the right thing to do." President Trump was thus the first president to honor his campaign promise to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
Israel was thrilled by the president's action. Israel plans a Trump rail station near the Western Wall as a Trump-naming frenzy sweeps Israel. A planned high-speed rail station in the Old City will be named after the president. The station , which will be built inside the walls of the Old City, will drop off passengers in the Jewish Quarter and leads straight to the Western Wall. In addition to the station, multiple municipal projects across Israel are expected to be named after President Trump.
In May 2017, President Trump made Israel one of his first visits abroadas president. Trump's trip included the first visit to the Western Wall by a sitting American president.
MAJOR WONDERFUL NEWS! President Trump has forged a new American path and publicly proclaimed thatJerusalem is the capital of Israel. We all knew that, but the US, and the rest of the world, refused to acknowledge it. Despite threats by the rest of the world, President Trump and US Ambassador to the UN SuperStarNikki Haley, refused to back down, with Haley signaling to the rest of the world that the US is no longer going to appease threats and terrorism. She, on behalf of President Trump, informed those threatening the US over its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital that the UN will no longer have a blank check from the US to support those programs and nations that threaten the US or its allies.
Trump Campaign Unveils New Policy: Will Ask Justice Dept. to Probe Anti-Israel Intimidation on US Campuses Comprehensive articulation of Trump's positions on issues specifically of interest to American Jewish voters - school choice, Israel and the peace process, anti-Israel activity on U.S. campuses, Iran - all of it.
THE DEMOCRATIC PLATFORM/ CONVENTION
David M. Friedman is the real (pro-Israel) deal "[F]or those of us who want someone who supports a Jewish, Democratic Israel, committed to civil rights for all of its citizens — including the right to not be murdered, David Friedman is exactly the right choice. And for those of us who oppose the creation of a terror-generating state, David Friedman is the best man for the job. He is the pro-Israel real deal."
In a demonstration of how completely at odds his views are from those of the swamp at the State Dept., US Ambassador Friedman asked the State Dept to stop sing the term "occupied territories" and instead refer to the area s the "West Bank". The State Department reportedly refused but after pressure "from above"-ei.e. President Doanld Trump- the issue has yet to be decided.
When some ask why it is that President Trump seems to be taking steps that seem to reward Israel and punish the Palestinian Arabs, steps that differ dramatically from the actions taken by President Obama, and even from prior administrations, one answer eloquently provided by the public intellectual Yoram Hazony is that "Trump Recognizes That Humiliating Israel Didn't Bring Peace."
REPUBLICAN PLATFORM AND CONVENTION
Are there still doubters? How many NeverTrumpers told you that the US Embassy will not be moved to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv no matter what Trump promised? Well, when US Vice President Mike Pence addressed the Israeli Knesset on 01.22.18, he affirmed that the US EMBASSY WILL MOVE TO JERUSALEM BY THE END OF 2019. VP Pence also solemnly swore to the Israeli people that "the US will never allow Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon." His statement is worth reading in full. And Jonathan Tobin writes about Pence's sincere love of Israel, that "[a]s anyone who has, as I have done, reported about and interacted with pro-Israel Evangelicals can attest, there’s no doubt about both the depth and the sincerity of their concern for the welfare of Israel and the Jewish people, whom they believe the Bible enjoins them to bless and warns them of the consequences of not doing so." Tobin points out how the two main US political parties have switched positions on Israel: "Once lockstep supporters of Israel, a Democratic Party that is heavily influenced by its left wing and notions of intersectionalism, is now divided about Zionism. By contrast, the Republicans who were once lukewarm about Israel are now nearly unanimous in their devotion to its cause and antipathy to its opponents."
The response to the US's firm commitment to its position regarding Jerusalem led to a massive snit by the Palestinian Authority, which slammed President Trump and the US. Mahmoud Abbas, the PA's acting leader, declared that the US is no longer a reliable broker of the "peace process" and other assorted insults. Trump's response? He threatened aid cuts to the PA, which has received from the US more than $5 Billion since the PA's inception. Trump's plan is to use the US's "financial leverage to make it clear to Abbas that a quarter century of his organization holding the U.S. hostage in this manner can’t continue."
Trump Advisor: Security Aid to Israel Will Not Be Limited By MOU "“Under a Trump administration, the level of strategic and tactical cooperation between the two countries will be of an unprecedented high level,” Attorney David Friedman, who advises the Republican presidential nominee on U.S.-Israel affairs, said. “The U.S. will not be limited in its support for Israel by the terms of the MOU.”
Washington Post article on the leftist organizations' protest against the Azerbijian/Conference of Presidents Chanuka Party covered JCT's counter-protest "Lee Green, a member of the electoral college and the North Carolina chair of an organization called Jews Choose Trump, traveled from Durham to express her opposition to the fact that Jews would demonstrate against the president-elect.
She insisted that Jewish leaders who have decried Trump as bigoted and his adviser Stephen K. Bannon as a protector of anti-Semitic viewpoints are wrong.
“I know not to trust the media,” said Green, 56. “If they could smear Steve Bannon for allegedly being anti-Semitic, they could smear anyone. They could smear the pope. … Actually, Trump has one of the strongest cabinets in terms of people who have fought bigotry.”
And now still more outstanding news. Continuing to fulfill the pledges that so many believed in and for which he was supported by truly pro-America and pro-Israel folks, Pres. Trump's Administration continues to force United Nations reform. As announced through the media and confirmed by the State Department spokeswoman,a significant percentage of funds used by the obscene UNRWA, the entity which solely caters to the so-called Palestinian refugees, is now being withheld by the US. The US is demanding both serious reform as well as significant contributions by other nations, many of which criticize the US for its pushbacks against UNRWA, and yet donate little or nothing to that agency's coffers. $65 million out of $125 M was withheld.
Word on the Street: A Tale of Two Platforms (J Street doesn't like the Republican Platform)
President Trump is addressing the disastrousIran deal. In October, he refused to certify that Iran was in compliance with the deal. Now it is revealed that the US and Israel have signed a joint memorandum of understanding to work together- both diplomatically and militarily.- to address the threats posed by Iran"s nuclear drive, its missile programs and its other threatening activities. The dramatic understandings were agreed at the White House on December 12, and signed by the two countries' national security chiefs. The document is designed to translate into "steps on the ground" the positions set out by President Trump in his October 13 speech on Iran, in which he decertified the Iran nuclear deal.The countries set up joint teams to handle various aspects of the Iranian threat.
One joint team will deal with the Iranian activity in Syria and Tehran's support for Hezbollah.Another team will deal with both diplomatic and intelligence activities designed to grapple with Iran's nuclear weapon's ambitions. A third team will grapple with Iran's ballistic missile program and its efforts to build accurate missile systems in Syria and Lebanon. Finally, a fourth team will oversee preparation for any escalation by Iran and/or Hezbollah.
On Dec. 5, 2017, all 16 North American US Reform organizations and affiliates responded in a statement to President Donald Trump’s declaration recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The operative clause reads: “While we share the President’s belief that the U.S. Embassy should, at the right time, be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, we cannot support his decision to begin preparing that move now, absent a comprehensive plan for a peace process.” One member of that movement, Rabbi Ammiel Hirsch, wrote a poignant rejoinder to his movement: "We were wrong."
It's Indisputable: The GOP is the pro-Israel party "That’s the sum and substance of what today’s Democrats consider extremism: acknowledging the rights of Jews in the Land of Israel, embracing a fellow liberal democracy and strategic ally, supporting its efforts to defend itself and encouraging it to negotiate with its neighbors.
Trump Advisor says Nominee Won't Push Israel on Peace Deal if Elected "“Mr. Trump is not going to have his finger on the scale trying to push Israel in a particular direction,” Friedman added. “He has great confidence in the Israeli government and the Israeli people.”
Israel's right to build homes is settled...under international law "The only binding resolution of international law, a resolution which has never been countermanded to this very day, is the July 1922 Mandate for Palestine. Adopted by the League of Nations, that resolution recognized the “historical connection of the Jewish people with Palestine and to the grounds for reconstituting their national home in that country.” It called for the creation of a Jewish national homeland anywhere west of the Jordan River.
Have you read that the US and Israel signed a secret pact to tackle the Iran nuclear and missile threat?