How can a foreign policy forged through lies, deceit, and blackmail ever succeed? Someday soon the American people will wake from the big coma they suffer from collectively, only to wonder at what could have gone wrong. Whether you watch the “fake” or “real” news these days, insanity stares back at you from your smartphone screen. Here’s a window looking in on the madness. The madness that may destroy America’s friendships abroad, it is at hand.
“Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine.” – Exodus 19:5
When I read that US State Department officials had anonymously announced the US is cutting more than 200 million dollars in aid to the Palestinians, I did a good old fashioned head wobble. My Scooby Doo reaction was, at first, over President Donald Trump’s blackmailing the Palestinians to relinquish any claim on Jerusalem as a holy city. Then US officials having told The Independent and other news sources about the blackmail on the condition of their anonymity struck me oddly. Let this all sink in while you read from the same article here:
“The announcement came at a time when the Palestinian leadership has angered the White House by boycotting its peace efforts since President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and moved the embassy there, reversing decades of US policy.”
Excuse my mind vomit here. The Israelis create an open-air prison in Gaza to house hundreds of thousands of Palestinians. The White House lets the IDF take target practice on unarmed civilians on a day to day basis. Israel blockades the Gaza causing a humanitarian crisis that is unprecedented. Benjamin Netanyahu and the Israeli lobbyists in Washington wiggle a controlling hand,and a US president withdraws the trickle of hope? Palestinian children will certainly die because of this. IS ANYBODY WATCHING? This is my question.
Forget for the moment that Trump has put his real estate investor son-in-law Jared Kushner in charge of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process – that fact is only an insult to yours and my intelligence and to the Palestinian people. I won’t get into Kushner’s ties to Goldman Sachs or George Soros. What’s more important to understand is the absolute “end” of a two-state solution in Palestine. You read that correctly.
This article in The New Yorker shows us the clear path Trump and Netanyahu have set out for solving the “Palestinian question,” once and for all. Though author Adam Entous goes too far in lifting up former President Barack Obama, his revelations about Trump and Israel bear special attention. Of particular interest are West Bank maps from the Israelis brought to a White House meeting by former Secretary of State John Kerry. The once-secret maps showed Israel having already carved up the West Bank for Israel, and as former Ambassador to Israel Ron Dermer, who attended the meeting, put it:
“No matter what metric you’re using—existing blocs, new settlements, illegal outposts—you’re confronting the end of the two-state solution.”
Back to Trump’s son-in-law and Israel’s chip in the peace process. Charles Kushner, Jared’s dad, was once of Bibi Netanyahu’s best Orthodox Jewish pals when it came to West Bank Settlement. The New Yorker story goes on to lay out Netanyahu’s pulling strings in Washington and forging unlikely alliances with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in order to combat Iran. Trump is in Netanyahu’s pocket, this is the overall message I am trying to relate here, but there is another message.
While all of Washington is playing out a diversion with “RussiaGate,”the real foreign meddling centers in Tel Aviv, Abu Dhabi, and Riyadh.Worse still, in an unprecedented bit of ass kissing, a US president acted in a TV commercial to help an Israeli prime minister get elected. Here is what Donald Trump said on camera for Bibi Netanyahu:
“My name is Donald Trump,and I’m a big fan of Israel,” he said to the camera. “And, frankly, a strong Prime Minister is a strong Israel. And you truly have a great Prime Minister in Benjamin Netanyahu. There’s nobody like him. He’s a winner. He’s highly respected. He’s highly thought of by all. And people really do have great, great respect for what’s happened in Israel. So vote for Benjamin. Terrific guy. Terrific leader. Great for Israel.”
No, I am not making any of this up.
For those of you focused on Vladimir Putin and Russia as the enemies of America, I urge you to consider the mean-spirited little bully hiding in the corner of the world playground. Excuse the metaphor, but Israel really does fit the scenario from all our childhoods. Israel, with Washington and the Gulf states standing behind, will soon eradicate any dream Palestinians had to a fair settlement of this gruesome affair. God knows what will become of them. This is my assessment. The world has turned a blind eye. The United Nations has no teeth in the matter, and therefore no validity or jurisdiction in any of our affairs. Israel winning it all may at first appear as an American victory, but the real hegemony will be revealed.
And I’ll leave that story for another time.
“You shall not steal!” – Exodus 20:15
Phil Butler, is a policy investigator and analyst, a political scientist and expert on Eastern Europe, he’s an author of the recent bestseller “Putin’s Praetorians” and other books. He writes exclusively for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook.”