US Politics in Trump era Public date: 14.11.2019 12:15:01

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17 Sep 2019

Israel Was Caught Spying on Capitol Hill Cellphones and Trump Was Fine With It

The Israelis deployed StingRay mobile identity-catchers, devices that are mistaken for cell towers by cell phones, allowing them to capture the contents of calls and the mobile browser activity. Lipmann says that the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division subjected the devices to extensive forensic tests, looking at where the components came from, how old they were, and considering who would have access to them, and the trail led inexorably to Israel.
The Israelis deployed StingRay mobile identity-catchers, devices that are mistaken for cell towers by cell phones,...

Publisher: LA Times

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9 Apr 2019

Netanyahu says Trump named Iran’s Revolutionary Guard a terrorist group at his request

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, facing a hotly contested bid for a fourth term, tweeted on the eve of the election that the Trump administration designated Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a foreign terrorist organization at his request.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, facing a hotly contested bid for a fourth term, tweeted on the eve of the...

Publisher: Newsweek

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20 Feb 2019

Israel Says It Wants ‘War with Iran’ and Is Meeting with Arab Countries to ‘Advance’ It

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has expressed his desire to go to war with Iran, and said he was meeting with dozens of foreign envoys, including those from the Arab world, in order to push the initiative forward.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has expressed his desire to go to war with Iran, and said he was meeting with...
14 Feb 2019

Unhinged Mike Pence Warns of ‘New Holocaust’ as Team Trump Tries to Rally EU Leaders for War With Iran

Speaking at a U.S.-led conference about the Middle East in Warsaw, Poland on Thursday, Vice President piled on the potent anti-Iran sentiment surrounding the conference by demanding that European Union (EU) allies withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, which President Donald Trump ditched last year, and accused Iran of plotting a "new Holocaust."
Speaking at a U.S.-led conference about the Middle East in Warsaw, Poland on Thursday, Vice President piled on the...

Publisher: Al Jazeera

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3 Jan 2019

US and Israel formally quit UNESCO

The United States and Israel have officially quit the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) at the stroke of midnight on New Year's Day, the culmination of a process triggered more than a year ago. The withdrawal is mainly procedural yet serves a new blow to UNESCO, co-founded by the US after World War II to foster peace.
The United States and Israel have officially quit the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural...
29 Jun 2018

The ‘ultimate deal’ that Jared Kushner is proposing for Palestine would strip the people of all their dignity

“I believe,” quoth Crown Prince Kushner this week, “that Palestinian  people are less invested in the politicians’ talking points than they are in seeing how a deal will give them and their future generations new  opportunities, more and better paying jobs and prospects for a better life.” Is Trump’s son-in-law – “adviser” on the Middle East, real estate developer and US investor – delusional? After three Arab-Israeli wars, tens of thousands of Palestinian deaths and millions of refugees, does  Jared Kushner really believe that the Palestinians will settle for cash?
“I believe,” quoth Crown Prince Kushner this week, “that Palestinian  people are less invested...
20 Jun 2018

US quits UN human rights council – ‘a cesspool of political bias’

The US is withdrawing from the United Nations human rights council, the Trump administration announced on Tuesday,  calling it a “cesspool of political bias” that targets Israel in  particular while ignoring atrocities in other countries.
The US is withdrawing from the United Nations human rights council, the Trump administration announced...

Publisher: NYTimes

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30 Apr 2018

Pompeo and Palestinians Have ‘Nothing to Discuss’ Amid Gaza Crisis

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo came to Israel Sunday in the midst of the worst crisis in relations between Israelis and Palestinians in years, but he did not  meet a single Palestinian representative and mentioned them publicly once. Instead of discussing the Palestinian issue, Mr. Pompeo’s focused message on his sweep through the region has been a denunciation of Iran. He met with Saudi leaders on Saturday and Sunday morning, and they all agreed that Iran is a destabilizing force. He met on Sunday afternoon with Mr. Netanyahu, who blistered Iran alongside Mr. Pompeo.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo came to Israel Sunday in the midst of the worst crisis in relations...

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21 Dec 2017

Trump Threatens to End American Aid: ‘We’re Watching Those Votes’ at the U.N.

President Trump issued a threat on Wednesday to cut off American aid to any country that votes for a resolution at the United Nations condemning  his recent decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
President Trump issued a threat on Wednesday to cut off American aid to any country that votes for a...
22 Jun 2017

Jared Kushner’s Pursuit of Middle East Peace Looks a Lot Like Total Surrender to Israel

Jared Kushner began his effort to broker peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians by accepting Israel's vision of itself as an innocent victim. That’s because Kushner started his 15-hour trip to the Middle East on Wednesday by mourning with the family of an Israeli police officer, Hadas Malka. Malka’s killing, as part of a coordinated attack by three Palestinian assailants on officers at the Damascus Gate in the Old City, was described by Israeli officials as a terrorist attack. The use of that language clashes with U.S. law, which clearly defines terrorism as “premeditated, politically motivated violence perpetrated against noncombatant targets by subnational groups or clandestine agents.”
Jared Kushner began his effort to broker peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians by accepting Israel's vision of...
7 Jun 2017

U.S. says it may pull out of U.N. human rights body, citing member abuses, treatment of Israel

The Trump administration warned Tuesday that the United States could pull out of the U.N. Human Rights Council unless the body ends what  Washington calls the whitewashing of dictators’ abuses and unfair attacks on Israel. President Trump’s U.N. ambassador, Nikki Haley, delivered the ultimatum in an unusual address in Geneva to the 47-member body.
The Trump administration warned Tuesday that the United States could pull out...

Publisher: Sputnik News

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30 May 2017

Netanyahu Says No ‘Blank Check’ from US, Tells Party Time for a Deal is Now

Israeli Prime  Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned on Monday that while the current US  administration is friendly toward the Middle Eastern country, Jerusalem  does not have a “blank check” from Washington to do as it pleases.
Israeli Prime  Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned on Monday that while the current US  administration is...

Publisher: Middle East Monitor

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18 May 2017

Total annexation of occupied West Bank poses no problem for Israel, says US ambassador

The new US ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, has cast doubt over the creation of an independent Palestinian state, while dismissing the conventional wisdom that Israel will cease to remain a Jewis...
The new US ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, has cast doubt over the creation of an independent Palestinian state,...
14 Apr 2017

The Prodigal Son-in-Law: Jared Kushner And The Rise Of The Neo-Cons In The Trump Admin

How Trump's son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner May Have Influenced Trump's Sudden Reversal On US Policy Towards Syria. Taken at face value, the premise that the President bombed a sovereign nation because his daughter had an emotional reactions to photos of an unconfirmed tragedy seem patently absurd. However, the base assertion that Ivanka convinced her father to attack is likely true due to the strong connections she and her husband Jared Kushner share with a foreign government that has consistently supported regime change in Syria – Israel.
How Trump's son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner May Have Influenced Trump's Sudden Reversal On US Policy Towards Syria....
16 Feb 2017

Donald Trump says US not committed to two-state Israel-Palestine solution

Donald Trump has dropped a two-decades old US commitment to the establishment of a Palestinian state alongside Israel as part of a permanent Middle East peace agreement. Speaking at a joint press conference with the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, the US president did not rule out a two-state  solution but implied his administration had no ­preference when it came to the final ­geography of the region as part of a ­permanent Middle East peace agreement.
Donald Trump has dropped a two-decades old US commitment to the establishment of a Palestinian state alongside Israel as...

Publisher: NYTimes

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12 Feb 2017

For Kushner, Israel Policy May Be Shaped by the Personal

Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law, has a long connection to Israel. When he meets with the country’s prime minister on Wednesday, it will be a gathering influenced by old encounters and shared experiences. Mustafa Barghouti, a Palestinian leader who was involved in peace talks both with Israelis and internally, said Palestinians were skeptical of Mr. Kushner, and Mr. Trump’s team generally, seeing them as close only to the Israeli side. As part of its philanthropy, Mr. Kushner’s family has made donations to the Beit El settlement, which Mr. Barghouti finds particularly worrisome.
Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law, has a long connection to Israel. When he meets with the country’s prime...

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23 Dec 2016

Trump Pressures Obama Over U.N. Resolution on Israeli Settlements

Mr. Trump’s forceful insertion into the matter reflected an unusual public split between incoming and outgoing presidents and underscored the stark shift on Middle East policy ahead. Despite the interference by Trump, President Obama allowed the UN resolution to pass
Mr. Trump’s forceful insertion into the matter reflected an unusual public split between incoming and outgoing...
17 Dec 2016

Trump’s Daily Bankruptcy and the Ambassador to Israel

Article raises legitimate concerns regarding Donald Trump's choice for Ambassador to Israel David Freedman, a right wing, pro settler bankruptcy lawyer who is characterized as to the right of Netanyahu. Trump's son in law Jared Kushner and his family also have intense interest in Israeli affairs and the family foundation has donated tens of thousands of dollars to west bank institutions.
Article raises legitimate concerns regarding Donald Trump's choice for Ambassador to Israel David Freedman, a right...
16 Dec 2016

Trump Chooses Hard-Liner as Ambassador to Israel

President-elect Donald J. Trump on Thursday named David M. Friedman, a bankruptcy lawyer aligned with the Israeli far right, as his nominee for ambassador to Israel, elevating a campaign adviser who has questioned the need for a two-state  solution and has likened left-leaning Jews in America to the Jews who  aided the Nazis in the Holocaust.
President-elect Donald J. Trump on Thursday named David M. Friedman, a bankruptcy lawyer aligned with the Israeli far...
15 Dec 2016

How Donald Trump could soon discard a long-standing precedent on Israel

Israel wants the US to move its embassy to Jerusalem in essence recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital. The question of Jerusalem’s status is the most sensitive and complicated issue in the long-running conflict between ­Israelis and Palestinians. It is fraught with political, religious and nationalist implications that potentially could create an uproar throughout the Middle East and the world’s 1.5 billion Muslims.
Israel wants the US to move its embassy to Jerusalem in essence recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital. The question...

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