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Report: US Ambassador To Israel May Work Sans Embassy in Jerusalem

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

A report broadcast Tuesday night by Israel’s Channel 2 television news said U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s choice for the incoming Ambassador to Israel – David Friedman – may begin working out of the American Consulate in Jerusalem, while the official U.S. Embassy remains in Tel Aviv.

But then, what do you call a Consulate when the Ambassador works there, and lives there in residence?

The president-elect pledged during his campaign – and repeated the promise after his election – to move the embassy to the Israeli capital. His senior adviser, Kellyanne Conway also repeated that promise, as did his chosen candidate for Ambassador to Israel, Mr. Friedman.

Last month, the incoming Trump administration also sent an advance team to Jerusalem scout for a feasible site to consider for a future U.S. Embassy.

Palestinian Authority officials, and those heading the Palestine Liberation Organization (but most head both) have repeatedly threatened, however, that any attempt to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem would be considered “an act of war.”

Jordan, albeit a signatory to a peace treaty with Israel, has also warned that such a move would “cross a red line.”

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry used most of a speech lasting well over an hour earlier this month to scorch the Israeli government and its prime minister, and sketch out the Obama administration’s “vision for peace” with a six-point plan. Kerry, too, issued dire warnings that moving the embassy to Jerusalem would cause an “explosion of violence across the Middle East.”

It is expected that Jordan will attend the upcoming Paris “peace summit” later this week. At that conference Kerry is to reprise his speech for delegates of 70 nations invited to the French capital to discuss how to resolve the issues between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

Neither of the two relevant parties is invited to the summit that is ostensibly being held — by the very same nations who condemned the State of Israel and voted to approve a worldwide boycott against more than half a million Israelis, less than a month ago — to “help them find a pathway to peace.”

Hana Levi Julian

Jason Miller Declines White House Post as Communications Director

Monday, December 26th, 2016

Trump campaign communications adviser Jason Miller announced Monday (Dec. 26) that he has declined GOP President-elect Donald J. Trump’s offer to become the White House Communications Director.

Miller told reporters that he and his wife are “excited about the arrival of our second daughter in January, and I need to put them in front of my career,” according to AOL News.

Before joining the Trump campaign and subsequent transition team, Miller served as senior communications director for Texas Senator Ted Cruz during his GOP campaign for the presidential nomination.

Since Miller has turned down the post, newly-appointed incoming White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer is to absorb the duties that would be assigned to the communications director, according to the report.

Hana Levi Julian

Electoral College Vote Confirms Donald J. Trump is US President-Elect

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

Six weeks after the American people voted Republican Donald J. Trump into the White House, the country’s Electoral College on Monday confirmed the decision in a formal ballot.

Along with that, Vice President Mike Pence was confirmed in his position as well.

The 538 members of the Electoral College are really the ones who count when the decision is made on who enters the White House.

During the November 8 election, at the end of the day Trump won 306 of those votes – considerably more than the 270 he needed to beat his Democratic contender, Hillary Clinton.

This time around, for the final call, some of the GOP defected, and so did some of the Democrats.

According to the New York Times, two Republicans voted for someone other than Trump.

But they were neutralized by their Democratic opponents, who elected to cast their ballots for someone other than Clinton.

Some of the electors were “faithless” – that is, voted for someone other than the chosen nominees, and therefore their votes were discounted altogether and they had to be replaced.

Of the 306 electors pledged to Trump, 304 voted for him this time around. And of the 232 electors who had voted for Clinton on November 8, only 224 voted for her on during Monday’s ballot.

The figures echo an election in 1808, when six electors also voted for someone other than their party’s nominee.

Hana Levi Julian

Michigan Vote Recount Reaffirms Trump Election Was Legitimate

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

A recount of votes in the state of Michigan has re-affirmed that U.S. President-elect Donald Trump legitimately won the office on election night earlier this month.

The GOP candidate, now president-elect, won the state by a total of 306 electoral votes to 232 for Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton, according to the results of an official recount certified unanimously by the Michigan State Board of Canvassers.

ABC News reported the certified results were as follows:
Trump 2,279,543 (47.6%)
Clinton 2,268,839 (47.4%)
Johnson 172,136 (3.6%)
Stein 51,463 (1.1%)

Hana Levi Julian

Jewish Numbers Grow in Congress, Republicans Take Both Houses

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

The number of Jewish lawmakers has grown in the U.S. House of Representatives from 19 to 23 in the wake of Tuesday’s election in the United States.

There are now two Jewish Republicans in the House, and five Jews in total who were newly elected. A Jewish Representative from Florida is stepping down to retire as well.

In the U.S. Senate, the number of Jews has dropped from nine to eight.

The GOP has swept both houses and for the first time in many years, the United States government will be controlled nearly entirely by the Republican party.

In addition, a former Navy SEAL became the first Jewish governor of Missouri, also from the Republican party.

Hana Levi Julian

Trump Campaign Labels KKK Praise ‘Repulsive’

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

The campaign team of GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump has rejected praise from the Ku Klux Klan as “repulsive” and in a statement, said the views of the newspaper linked to the organization “do not represent the tens of millions of Americans who are uniting behind our campaign.”

The rejection came after the latest issue of the KKK-linked newspaper, “The Crusader,” used Trump’s slogan –“Make America Great Again” to praise the candidate. The newspaper calls itself “The Premier Voice of the White Resistance.”

Hana Levi Julian

List of Pledges to Israel from GOP Candidate Donald J. Trump

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

The Israel Advisory Committee to Donald J. Trump has issued a statement describing the positions of the GOP presidential candidate, and expressing their gratitude on Wednesday to those who helped over the past few months.

The team began with the “unbreakable bond between the United States and Israel,” which it said is “based upon shared values of democracy, freedom of speech, respect for minorities, cherishing life, and the opportunity for all citizens to pursue their dreams.”

Point two, said the team, is that “Israel is the state of the Jewish people, who have lived in that land for 3,500 years. The State of Israel was founded with courage and determination by great men and women against enormous odds and is an inspiration to people everywhere who value freedom and human dignity.”

Remember, these are campaign points of the GOP presidential candidate for the United States. The election is next Tuesday.

Point three: “Israel is a staunch ally of the U.S. and a key partner in the global war against Islamic jihadism. Military cooperation and coordination between Israel and the U.S. must continue to grow.

It goes on. And on. Frankly, it sounds a lot like a real ally is supposed to sound.

Another promise included in the platform is the pledge by Trump to “ensure that Israel receives maximum military, strategic and tactical cooperation from the United States, and the MOU will not limit the support that we give. Further, Congress will not be limited to give support greater than that provided by the MOU if it chooses to do so…”

Of special interest was the was the pledge to oppose efforts to delegitimize Israel, impose discriminatory double standards against Israel, or to impose special labeling requirements on Israeli products or boycotts on Israeli goods.”

In addition, Trump pledged that if he is elected, his administration “will ask the Justice Department to investigate coordinated attempts on college campuses to intimidate students who support Israel.”

But the real kicker came in the following related list of points:

“A two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians appears impossible as long as the Palestinians are unwilling to renounce violence against Israel or recognize Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state. Additionally, the Palestinians are divided between PA rule in the West Bank and Hamas rule in Gaza so there is not a united Palestinian people who could control a second state. Hamas is a US-designated terrorist organization that actively seeks Israel’s destruction. We will seek to assist the Israelis and the Palestinians in reaching a comprehensive and lasting peace, to be freely and fairly negotiated between those living in the region.

“The Palestinian leadership, including the PA, has undermined any chance for peace with Israel by raising generations of Palestinian children on an educational program of hatred of Israel and Jews. The larger Palestinian society is regularly taught such hatred on Palestinian television, in the Palestinian press, in entertainment media, and in political and religious communications. The two major Palestinian political parties — Hamas and Fatah — regularly promote anti-Semitism and jihad.

“The U.S. cannot support the creation of a new state where terrorism is financially incentivized, terrorists are celebrated by political parties and government institutions, and the corrupt diversion of foreign aid is rampant. The U.S. should not support the creation of a state that forbids the presence of Christian or Jewish citizens, or that discriminates against people on the basis of religion.

“The U.S. should support direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians without preconditions, and will oppose all Palestinian, European and other efforts to bypass direct negotiations between parties in favor of an imposed settlement. Any solutions imposed on Israel by outside parties including by the United Nations Security Council, should be opposed. We support Israel’s right and obligation to defend itself against terror attacks upon its people and against alternative forms of warfare being waged upon it legally, economically, culturally, and otherwise.

“Israel’s maintenance of defensible borders that preserve peace and promote stability in the region is a necessity. Pressure should not be put on Israel to withdraw to borders that make attacks and conflict more likely.

“The U.S. will recognize Jerusalem as the eternal and indivisible capital of the Jewish state and Mr. Trump’s Administration will move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem.

One week ago, Trump told American voters in Israel at a video rally outside the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem, “My administration will stand side by side with the Jewish people and Israel’s leaders to continue strengthening the bridges that connect not only Jewish Americans and Israelis but also all Americans and Israelis. Together, we will stand up to enemies like Iran bent on destroying Israel and her people. Together, we will make America and Israel safe again.”

Hana Levi Julian

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