US boosting Israeli military aid by millions: Netanyahu

Pauline Gross
May 30, 2017

This week, Israel is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its military capture of what officials now describe as their "eternal, undivided" capital city of Jerusalem, a capital which is recognized virtually nowhere in the world, and remains deeply divided, with a large population of occupied Palestinians.

That would be a continuation of Mr Trump's break with official USA policy towards Jerusalem during his visit to the region last week.

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No previous American president has visited Israel this early in his first term, The New York Times reported. Some praised us, and many criticized the decision.

President Donald Trump's visit to the Middle East May 20-23 has revamped U.S. policy in the region and established two main positions: first, that Washington stands behind a coalition of Sunni Arab states allied against an expansionist and subversive Iran and radical Islamist organizations; and second, that the United States will act vigorously to bring about Israeli-Palestinian negotiations on an agreed solution to the historic conflict between the two peoples. In this great "battle between Good and Evil", Trump's list of "criminal barbarians" includes the Hezbollah and Hamas on the one hand and Isis and Al Qaeda on the other hand. "It's part of the West Bank". The PA, however, does not recognize Israel as a Jewish state and has repeatedly refused to do so. Following his speech on Tuesday, an unnamed Israeli official said that the Palestinians had been set back one hundred years as a result of Trump's speech and that the president's omission of two states is a deliberate message.

There is every outward indication that the Trump-Bibi chemistry is infinitely better than the Obama-Bibi vibes, even though the president may soon be pressing the prime minister for compromises on the Palestinian front.

Israeli opposition Labour party leader Isaac Herzog attended the rally and threw his support behind a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But last week the president renewed the relief of sanctions against Iran in exchange for a promise to diminish its nuclear activities in accordance with the agreement.

U.S. President Donald Trump presented a reversed Middle East policy during his maiden overseas trip to Saudi Arabia and Israel, by calling for an anti-Iran coalition, which may fuel the tension in the region and jeopardize efforts for reconciliation.

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Britain's security level has been upgraded to "critical" meaning officials believe another attack may be imminent. She concluded her letter once again acknowledging the victims of the attack. "We won't let hate win", she said.

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But there was little public evidence of prodding by Trump or his aides of either side to make more substantial concessions. Former President Barack Obama's note - written when he was first running for president - was much longer.

Whether Mr Trump signs the waiver or not on Thursday, all indications are that the United States president - faced with domestic pressures and an intransigent Israeli government - is going nowhere with his "ultimate deal".

Finally, there is the assumption of Trump's commitment to the security of the Jewish state. It should not be controversial to endorse a position that has been adopted by the American, Israeli, and Palestinian governments, yet Trump seems to be going out of his way to purposely not do so.

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He added, "And Iran's leaders routinely call for Israel's destruction ..."

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"Jerusalem should never have been a bargaining chip to bring Palestinians to the negotiation table", Franks said at the press conference according to prepared remarks provided by his office.

In what appeared to be a veiled sleight to former US President Barack Obama, with whom Netanyahu had a hard relationship, the prime minister praised Trump for his "bold decision to act against the use of chemical weapons in Syria, and I want to tell you also how much we appreciate the reassertion of American leadership in the Middle East", NBC News reported. Given a choice between someone who works toward getting there without explicitly admitting that he is doing so versus someone who endorses it in a speech with a host of qualifiers and then spends the next decade making excuses for why it can not happen, I choose the former. On the contrary, you can be sure that the Russians will act on Trump's words, and there's no doubt the ramifications will be to Israel's detriment.

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