Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Log In How the Battle Over Israel and Anti-Semitism Is Fracturing American Politics Feature The growing prominence of the B.D.S. movement — and the backlash to it — is widening fault lines from college campuses to Capitol Hill. Credit Credit Source photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA Supported by ByNathan Thrall March 28, 2019 On June 9, 2016, the committee tasked with drafting the new Democratic Party platform held its second day of hearings at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, in the upscale Woodley Park neighborhood of Washington. The platform, which is rewritten every presidential-election year, is meant to express a consensus among Democrats on the major issues of the day. The afternoon session, on “America’s role in the world,” included discussions of platform language on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. At stake was whether Democrats would … [Read more...] about How the Battle Over Israel and Anti-Semitism Is Fracturing American Politics
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President Trump wrote on Twitter that Israel should have full sovereignty over the Golan Heights, which Israel seized from Syria during the 1967 Six-Day War. Peace talks between Syria and Israel have continued on and off since Israel unilaterally annexed the area in 1981, a move which was not recognized internationally. "After 52 years it is time for the United States to fully recognize Israel's Sovereignty over the Golan Heights, which is of critical strategic and security importance to the State of Israel and Regional Stability!" Mr. Trump wrote. The tweet could boost Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, a strong international ally of Mr. Trump's who is visiting Washington next week. Elections in Israel take place on April 9.Netanyahu quickly expressed his thanks for Mr. Trump's tweet."At a time when Iran seeks to use Syria as a platform to destroy Israel, @POTUS Trump boldly recognizes Israeli sovereignty in the Golan Heights. Thank you President Trump!" The official prime … [Read more...] about Trump tweets that Israel should have sovereignty over Golan Heights
The Spanish philosopher George Santayana famously said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Western policymakers have repeated history not because they have been ignorant of history, but because paying attention would make it difficult for them to adopt policies that conform with their prejudices.This is the unavoidable conclusion of the lessons not learned from the Islamic revolution in Iran, which marked its 40th anniversary last week. In the years leading up to the Khomeinist revolution, and the forty years of the Islamic Republic, the fictions that misinformed the CIA, the State Department, and the governments of allied nations in 1979 have survived more or less unscathed. From time to time, U.S. administrations set them aside in favor of reality. But they always returned to the fore. President Donald Trump is the first president who appears willing to reject altogether these prejudicial predispositions of the foreign policy elites. But … [Read more...] about Caroline Glick: The Iranian Revolution and Establishment Prejudice
Anne Gearan, The Washington Post Published 8:44 am PDT, Wednesday, September 26, 2018 NEW YORK - President Donald Trump hopes to release his Mideast peace plan within two to four months and conclude a deal between Israel and the Palestinians, if one can be made, during his first term in office, he said Wednesday. Sitting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Trump said he prefers an outcome that gives Palestinians a separate state. That is the most specific Trump has been about what he wants to help negotiate. "I like two-state solution," Trump said. "That's what I think works best." A separate Palestinian state alongside Israel has been the stated goal of U.S. peacemaking efforts for two decades, but the Trump administration had until now declined to endorse it. Recommended Video: Now Playing: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, visiting the European Union, praised U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as his country's … [Read more...] about Trump endorses separate Palestinian state as goal of Mideast peace talks
Michael Sharnoff, The Washington Post Published 4:17 pm PDT, Monday, July 9, 2018 All eyes are on Russia as President Donald Trump prepares to meet with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki next week. But the real geopolitical focus of the meeting might well be a few thousand miles away in Syria. Last week, national security adviser John Bolton said that the meeting could offer a "larger negotiation on helping to get Iranian forces out of Syria" and that an agreement could be "a significant step forward" for U.S. interests in the Middle East. But Bolton is engaging in wishful thinking, if not outright delusion. That's not just because the United States and Russia, despite sharing the goal of stability in Syria, fundamentally diverge on how to achieve it. The administration is also vastly overestimating how much sway Russia actually has in Syria. While Syria has been Moscow's closest Arab ally - and the largest recipient of its economic and military aid - since 1972, Russia's … [Read more...] about Russia and the US have common interests in Syria. But it may not matter.