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Hamas-Fatah Talks in Moscow Also Hope to Deter Trump From Moving US Embassy to Jerusalem

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

Russian officials this week held unofficial reconciliation talks in Moscow between Gaza’s ruling Hamas terrorist organization and the Fatah faction that leads the Palestinian Authority government from Ramallah.

Moussa Abu Marzouk represented Hamas in Moscow at the talks.

Since Sunday the two sides discussed the possibility of forming – again – a national unity government prior to elections.

On Tuesday, Fatah official Azzam al-Ahmad said in Arabic the two sides reached an agreement to, “within 48 hours” call on PA leader Mahmoud Abbas to launch “consultations on the creation of a [national unity] government.”

The two sides have made the same agreement several times before, and each time the “unity” falls apart when it comes to actually functioning as a unified government.

The two sides had no differences between them, however, when it came to asking Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to try to convince U.S. President-elect Donald Trump not to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

“We sensed understanding on Mr. Lavrov’s part,” Ahmad said.

“It is crucial to find a new working mechanism for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” he added.

Hana Levi Julian

EU Warns Trump Not to Move US Embassy To Jerusalem From Tel Aviv

Monday, January 16th, 2017

The European Union expressed opposition on Monday to any plan by U.S. President-elect Donald Trump to move the American Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

EU foreign ministers warned in a statement that such a move could escalate tensions with the Arab world if it were to take place.

“It is very important for us all to refrain from unilateral actions, especially those that can have serious consequences in large sectors of public opinion in large parts of the world,” EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said to reporters following talks in Brussels.

“We hope there can be reflection on consequences of any move that is taken.”

Hana Levi Julian

Trump Team Disavows Talks With Abbas: ‘No One Represents Our Team Except Our Own People’

Saturday, January 14th, 2017

The Trump transition team has brushed off claims made by New York business person Daniel Arbess, that he was representing the Trump team in speaking with Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas about the incoming president’s intention to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Senior adviser Jason Greenblatt to President-elect Donald Trump said Friday that Arbess “doesn’t represent Trump, [Jared] Kushner or anyone else in the upcoming administration.”

Arbess allegedly told Abbas earlier in the week that Mr. Trump was “serious” about moving the embassy to Jerusalem.

From the outset of the campaign, there have been numerous individuals who have attempted to burnish their credentials by saying they “represent” the Trump team in some way.

Hana Levi Julian

US Senators Cruz, Heller & Rubio Launch Attempt to Force Recognition of Jerusalem as Capital of Israel

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas), along with Sens. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), announced this week their formal attempt to force recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The three lawmakers introduced the Jerusalem Embassy and Recognition Act, legislation that would fulfill America’s commitment to Israel to relocate the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. “Jerusalem is the eternal and undivided capital of Israel,” Sen. Cruz said.

“Unfortunately, the Obama administration’s vendetta against the Jewish state has been so vicious that to even utter this simple truth – let alone the reality that Jerusalem is the appropriate venue for the American embassy in Israel – is shocking in some circles. But it is finally time to cut through the double-speak and broken promises and do what Congress said we should do in 1995: formally move our embassy to the capital of our great ally Israel.

“I am pleased to co-sponsor this legislation with Senator Heller and Senator Rubio, and I look forward to working with the Trump administration to make this happen.” “My support for Israel is unwavering. From my very first days as a United States Senator, I have prioritized the strengthening of the important relationship shared between Israel and the United States. That’s why I’m proud to reintroduce the Jerusalem Embassy and Recognition Act.

“For years, I’ve advocated for America’s need to reaffirm its support for one of our nation’s strongest allies by recognizing Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel. It honors an important promise America made more than two decades ago but has yet to fulfill. While Administrations come and go, the lasting strength of our partnership with one of our strongest allies in the Middle East continues to endure. My legislation is a testament to that.”

“I’d like to thank Senators Rubio and Cruz for their support for this legislation and look forward to working with the new Administration to turn this bill into law,” said Sen. Heller.

Senator Rubio added, “Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the Jewish state of Israel, and that’s where America’s embassy belongs. It’s time for Congress and the President-Elect to eliminate the loophole that has allowed presidents in both parties to ignore U.S. law and delay our embassy’s rightful relocation to Jerusalem for over two decades.”

In 1995, Congress passed “The Jerusalem Embassy and Relocation Act,” which recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel by moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

To date, the promise to move the U.S. Embassy has not yet been fulfilled. The bill withholds certain State Department funds until that relocation is complete.

The reason for this is because it is within the State Department that the actual stumbling block lies, even under an administration friendly to Israel.

Hana Levi Julian

Mike Huckabee: State for Palestinian Authority a ‘fantasy’

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

by Andrew Friedman

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee planted an olive tree overlooking the Judean Desert on the southeastern edge of Ma’ale Adumim Tuesday, saying the tree would come to provide shade for a park in a planned neighborhood, and slamming last month’s UN Security Resolution condemning Israeli communities as “embarrassing.”

Huckabee added hopes that incoming U.S. President-elect Donald J. Trump moves the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

Backed by a red banner reading ‘Build Israel Great Again’ just one day after the Jewish Home Knesset faction held its weekly meeting in Ma’ale Adumim order to launch a campaign to annex the city, Huckabee took a selfie with Ma’ale Adumim mayor Benny Kasriel to show that Israeli “settlements” are not a group of tents on isolated hilltops, but rather established cities.

“Ma’ale Adumim is a remarkable place,” Huckabee said. “It is five times bigger than the town I grew up in, with 41,000 people.

Although Huckabee does not have an official role in the Trump transition team – he turned down a position in the new administration – the former governor’s visit to Israel just two weeks before Inauguration Day is seen as a sign of both the incoming administration’s support for expanding Israeli control in Judea and Samaria, and as a statement of intention that the new president seeks to forge a new relationship after eight rocky years between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and outgoing President Barack Obama.

“I don’t speak for the incoming administration, but I pray that his policies will be radically different than those of President Obama, which have been – to put it mildly – anti-Israel,” Huckabee said.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Trump’s Orthodox Zionist Ambassador Eager to Serve in ‘Eternal Capital of Israel’

Friday, December 16th, 2016

President-elect Donald J. Trump on Thursday announced that his bankruptcy lawyer of many years David Friedman, an Orthodox Jew who probably feels more at home in Jerusalem than in Tel Aviv, will be his next Ambassador to Israel. Indeed, the Trump transition team made a note of the fact that Friedman’s bar mitzvah 45 years ago was celebrated at the Western Wall. Friedman, for his part, said he looks forward to serving at his new job at “the US embassy in Israel’s eternal capital, Jerusalem.”

A regular contributor to rightwing news website Arutz Sheva, Friedman told his friends there on Friday: “Mr. Trump’s confidence is very flattering. My views on Israel are well-known, and I would advise him in a matter consistent with those views. America’s geo-political interests are best served by a strong and secure Israel with Jerusalem as its undivided capital.”

Which is why it was no surprise that J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami’s response statement said the barely Zionist group was “vehemently opposed to the nomination,” because “as someone who has been a leading American friend of the settlement movement, who lacks any diplomatic or policy credentials, Friedman should be beyond the pale.”

This may have to do with the fact that Friedman in the past compared J Street to the kapos who cooperated with the Nazis during the Holocaust, except he had some sympathy for them and none for Jeremy Ben-Ami. “The kapos faced extraordinary cruelty,” he wrote. “But J Street? They are just smug advocates of Israel’s destruction delivered from the comfort of their secure American sofas — it’s hard to imagine anyone worse.”

The Republican Jewish Coalition, on the other hand, was besides itself with delight, as its executive director Matt Brooks called Friedman’s appointment “a powerful signal to the Jewish community.” It is estimated that only 28% of Jewish voters picked Trump, but four years are a long time for minds to be changed, especially since the designated Ambassador, a fluent Hebrew speaker, has been so unabashed in advocating US-Israel friendship. The Trump transition team’s statement praised Friedman’s love of Israel:

“The two nations have enjoyed a special relationship based on mutual respect and a dedication to freedom and democracy. With Mr. Friedman’s nomination, President-elect Trump expressed his commitment to further enhancing the US-Israel relationship and ensuring there will be extraordinary strategic, technological, military and intelligence cooperation between the two countries.”

How will the gang in Ramallah take the news from Washington? Not well, most likely. We dug up this typical musing by the next Ambassador in an Arutz Sheva column titled “End the two-state narrative.” It probably would make for a heart-warming Shabbat read over at Amona, if they print it out in time:

“Much has changed over the decades since the two-state narrative began. Palestinian leaders have a much harder time lying to their people. Palestinians can witness – through the internet and first hand experience – the advantages of integration into Israeli society and the bankrupt values and barbarism of radical Islam.

“In addition, Saudi Arabia is running out of money, America and Israel are both energy independent and Israel’s neighbors – Jordan and Egypt – are far more concerned about ISIS and Iran than about Judea and Samaria. The world is a different place, diplomatic and security alignments have shifted, and only Mahmoud Abbas, John Kerry and Hillary Clinton are still stuck in the past, clinging to stale ideas that will only continue to fail.

“Radicalized Palestinian terrorists need to be rooted out and eliminated. But the remainder – perhaps the majority – of Palestinians should finally benefit from the hundreds of millions of dollars in bribes paid by the US State Department to Abbas. Fostering a Palestinian middle class is the solution of the 21st century and it has nothing to do with two states.”

That is actually a plan. Which is probably why leftist former Israeli peace negotiator Daniel Levy told the NY Times that in naming Friedman Trump is undercutting the security of Israel and the US, forcing the PA Arabs “to further disenfranchisement and dispossession.”

“If an American ambassador stakes out positions that further embolden an already triumphalist settler elite, then that is likely to cause headaches for American national security interests across the region and even for Israel’s own security establishment,” Levy declared. “Especially an ambassador committed to the ill-advised relocation of the US embassy to Jerusalem.”

This means that, come January 20, 2017, the only obstacle to imposing Israeli sovereignty in Area C, if not the entire Judea and Samaria, would be the Netanyahu government that finds itself, for the first time in Israel’s history, to the left of the US Administration regarding the liberated territories.

To cite a certain Arutz Sheva columnist, in his piece titled “US presidents and Israel: Always expect the unexpected,” one must never abandon divine intervention when considering political strategy:

“They say that in Israel, one who believes in miracles is a realist. Looking back some 90 years on the cast of characters who were privileged to hold the most powerful position on the face of the earth, it is nothing less than miraculous that Israel has continued to grow, prosper and flourish. The hand of God is everywhere to be seen in Israel’s development. We should, of course, try to pick the right president, but let’s not forget who’s really running the show. Let’s therefore include prayer, charity and good deeds as an essential part of a pro-Israel strategy.”

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Kellyanne Conway Says Trump Still Committed to Moving US Embassy to Jerusalem

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

Just a few days after choosing to nominate Texas oilman and ExxonMobile CEO Rex Tillerson to become his Secretary of State, a spokesperson for President-elect Donald Trump says he’s still determined to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem — a move that may rile many of America’s Arab allies and Tillerson’s former business colleagues in the region.

Many presidents have promised in the past to move the US Embassy to Israel’s capital, as American law requires and as so many American Jews hope to see. It’s great “vote bait” in the Jewish sector and a promise that when proclaimed at AIPAC (American-Israel Public Affairs Committee) annual conventions always wins a roar from the crowd.

But once presidents enter the White House, in the past things have always changed and instead a six-month presidential waiver is signed, claiming concerns to “national security.” In fact, outgoing President Barack Obama signed another one this month, extending the presence of the embassy in Tel Aviv at least until the middle of 2017.

But Republican campaign manager and senior Trump transition team adviser Kellyanne Conway replied to that question from JewishPress.com photojournalist DS Levi Thursday night, emphasizing that her boss has “made that promise and he has shown his commitment to that… particular, moving… the capital… to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv in Israel, but again, he can’t … he’s not going to do anything like that until he’s actually the president.”

Listening to the audio, one hears that Conway is speaking quickly, and it’s not clear which city she was referring to as Israel’s capital. However, in a November 2, 2016 joint statement issued by Jason Dov Greenblatt and David Friedman, co-chairs of the Israel Advisory Committee to Donald J. Trump, Number 16 on the list of campaign promises read as follows:

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.

Conway quickly reasserted herself and after underlining the coming success of Mr. Trump’s 100-day plan once he enters the White House, she added, “When you’re a successful billionaire businessman, and brilliant real estate developer you can’t waste time thinking about it or having a commission or blaming other people. You’re in charge of the issue, you’re used to producing and delivering results. I know it’s very much on his mind.

Hana Levi Julian

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