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An Israeli dream might come true if Trump declares Jerusalem the capital – but so will an Arab nightmare

Amid three catastrophic Middle East wars, it would be difficult to imagine anything more provocative, dangerous – or just plain insane – than for the Americans to move their embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Yet that is just what Donald Trump is this week thinking of doing. In a way, we should have expected this: mad presidents do mad things.

But is there no one in the White House able to restrain him? Not even Jared Kushner, who is supposed to be Trump’s Middle East hand? Or is Kushner too bound up in his latest scandal – just revealed by Newsweek, that he failed to disclose his co-directorship of a foundation funding illegal Jewish colonies in the West Bank when he filed financial records with the Office of Government Ethics this year – to speak out?

https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/israel-donald-trump-jerusalem-capital-us-recognise-tel-aviv-muslim-palestinian-arab-middle-east-a8093081.html

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Posted by on December 11, 2017 in Middle East

 

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President Trump’s Jerusalem decision risks uniting the entire Arab world against the US

President Trump and the Israeli government will have foreseen and discounted a Palestinian “day of rage” and protests among Muslims everywhere in the wake of the US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and plans to move its embassy there. They assume that this will all blow over because US allies such as the rulers of Saudi Arabia, UAE and Egypt will be satisfied with pro-forma protests, and the Palestinians are too weak to do anything except demonstrate ineffectively.

The US and Israel could be miscalculating: when I lived in Jerusalem I came to believe that many dramatic events in Israel, such as shootings and bombings, often had less effect than the outside world expected. But anything involving Jerusalem itself, and above all its Muslim holy sites, had a much bigger impact than anybody had imagined.

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/donald-trump-israel-jerusalem-iran-turkey-sunni-shia-palestine-uprising-a8099801.html

 
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Posted by on December 9, 2017 in Middle East, North America

 

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The real reason Trump declared Jerusalem the capital of Israel was because he feared losing his evangelical voter base

I have got my latest Prayergram post. It is, quite aptly, on the topic of the day: the “Jerusalem Prayer”.

One passage reads “God bless Donald J Trump! He understands the real principles behind success. It is not being good at what you do or understanding theory and practice. It is being on the right side of the blessing of God. Whoever blesses Israel shall be blessed: whoever curses Israel shall be cursed.”

And, lest there be any misunderstanding: “If we bless Israel, regardless of its faults, lack of faith, both personally and organisationally, God bless us. While the world cries out, Donald J Trump who learned about the blessing on his mother’s knee, masters the simple, plodding art of doing the right thing regardless of consequences.”

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/jerusalem-donald-trump-israel-capital-decision-reason-why-evangelical-voters-us-fear-a8099321.html

 
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Posted by on December 9, 2017 in Middle East, North America

 

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Time for Europe to Take the Lead on Peace

Zionists have never liked Jerusalem. Theodor Herzl, the father of Zionism, dreamed of a capital city in the north of the country, on the slopes of the Carmel Mountains overlooking the Mediterranean. He had nothing but disdain for the Western Wall in Jerusalem, once writing: “What superstition and fanaticism on every side!”

http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/trump-decision-on-jerusalem-makes-peace-more-difficult-a-1182367.html

 
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Posted by on December 9, 2017 in Middle East, North America

 

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Donald Trump says recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel will bring peace – it will do quite the opposite

I was called by an Irish radio station in Dublin to respond to President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. What did I think was going on inside the US President’s mind, I was asked? And I replied immediately: “I don’t have the key to the lunatic asylum.” What might once have seemed an outrageously over-the-top remark was simply accepted as a normal journalistic reaction to the leader of the world’s greatest superpower. And re-listening to the speech that Trump made in the White House, I realised I should have been far less restrained. The very text of the document is insane, preposterous, shameful.

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/donald-trump-israel-palestine-moving-capital-failed-to-bring-peace-a8096741.html?amp

 
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Posted by on December 7, 2017 in Middle East, North America

 

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Jerusalem embassy: Donald Trump’s decision on Israel will seriously harm US influence in the Muslim world

The expected announcement by President Trump that the US recognises Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and will move the US embassy there could mark a critical stage in the reduction of US influence in the world. Seldom, if ever, has such an important US policy initiative been so universally criticised or condemned by almost every country in the world.

President Trump has previously provoked anger in important countries allied to the US since the Second World War such as the UK, Japan, Australia and Germany, but they have tried to continue their past relationship and ignore or play down Mr Trump’s explosive tweets and departure from international treaties. But this time round expressions of extreme disagreement are more than usually mixed with scorn and bemusement at a move which may help Mr Trump in US domestic politics but will seriously damage US political primacy in the region. Even steadfast US allies do not want to become collateral damage.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/donald-trump-jerusalem-us-embassy-capital-decision-muslim-world-saudi-arabia-palestine-turkey-a8095656.html?amp

 
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Posted by on December 7, 2017 in Middle East, North America

 

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Jerusalem explained: The city where three religions collide, and violence is never far away

I lived in Jerusalem for four years in a flat with a fine view of the Mount of Olives, which will supposedly split apart on Judgement Day and the dead in the vast cemetery on its slopes will rise again.

I found parts of the city like the Dome of the Rock exquisitely beautiful but overall it was a city filled with hatred.

One day a nurse was knifed to death at the bottom of Elisha Street where I was living. Several times there were bombs on buses or in markets on Jaffa Road, which lay a couple of hundred yards in the other direction.

The violence ebbed and flowed, never as great as many other cities in the Middle East, but never entirely absent.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/jerusalem-trump-israel-palestine-embassy-city-violence-explained-a8093831.html

 
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Posted by on December 6, 2017 in Middle East

 

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Trump’s Transition Team Colluded With Israel. Why Isn’t That News?

Did the Trump campaign collude with Vladimir Putin to win the 2016 election? Maybe. We await Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s next move to learn more about that. But in the meantime, why aren’t more members of Congress or the media discussing the Trump transition team’s pretty brazen collusion with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to undermine both U.S. government policy and international law? Shouldn’t that be treated as a major scandal?

Thanks to Mueller’s ongoing investigation, we now know that prior to President Donald Trump’s inauguration, members of his inner circle went to bat on behalf of Israel, and specifically on behalf of illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories, behind the scenes and in opposition to official U.S. foreign policy. That’s the kind of collusion with a foreign state that has gotten a lot of attention with respect to the Kremlin – but colluding with Israel seems to be of far less interest, strangely.

https://theintercept.com/2017/12/05/michael-flynn-jared-kushner-israel-settlements-trump/

 
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Posted by on December 6, 2017 in Middle East, North America

 

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An Israeli dream might come true if Trump declares Jerusalem the capital – but so will an Arab nightmare

Amid three catastrophic Middle East wars, it would be difficult to imagine anything more provocative, dangerous – or just plain insane – than for the Americans to move their embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Yet that is just what Donald Trump is this week thinking of doing. In a way, we should have expected this: mad presidents do mad things.

But is there no one in the White House able to restrain him? Not even Jared Kushner, who is supposed to be Trump’s Middle East hand? Or is Kushner too bound up in his latest scandal – just revealed by Newsweek, that he failed to disclose his co-directorship of a foundation funding illegal Jewish colonies in the West Bank when he filed financial records with the Office of Government Ethics this year – to speak out?

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/israel-donald-trump-jerusalem-capital-us-recognise-tel-aviv-muslim-palestinian-arab-middle-east-a8093081.html

 
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Posted by on December 6, 2017 in Middle East

 

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Le verità su Gaza che Israele non vuole vedere

L’intervista allo psicologo israeliano Mohammed Mansour è uno dei documenti più sconvolgenti, spaventosi e deprimenti che siano stati recentemente pubblicati da Haaretz.

Se Israele fosse una società con un’etica, e non nazionalista e vittima di un lavaggio del cervello, starebbe tremando fino alle sue fondamenta. Le parole di Mansour avrebbero dovuto essere l’argomento del giorno, la bufera del giorno. Una catastrofe umanitaria si sta svolgendo ad appena un’ora da noi. Un disastro umanitario: un orrore le cui responsabilità ricadono in buona parte su Israele, un paese che invece è tutto occupato dalle accuse di violenza sessuale nei confronti del capo di un gruppo editoriale televisivo, Alex Gilady.

https://www.internazionale.it/opinione/gideon-levy/2017/11/17/gaza-abusi

 
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Posted by on November 23, 2017 in Middle East

 

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