Posts Tagged ‘Pres. Trump’


‘We’re Working Very Hard’ on Mideast Peace Plan, US Ambassador to Israel Says at ZOA Annual Dinner

editor 17 November 2017

By Shiryn Solny.. Speaking exclusively with, US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman on Sunday night (November 12, 2017) confirmed a report that a team from the Trump administration is drafting an Israeli-Palestinian peace plan. “We’re working very hard on it,” Friedman said of the Mideast peace proposal, in an interview at the Zionist Organization of America’s (ZOA) annual awards dinner in New York City. “It’s hard to comment on it while we’re in the middle, because it’s delicate.” He added that more information about the plan will be publicized in “a few months.” (more…)


America, the laughingstock

editor 8 November 2017

By Caroline Glick.. The United States has a credibility problem. Put plainly, aside from Israel, no one in the Middle East appears to take the Americans seriously. Let’s start with the Palestinians. In the wake of last month’s (October, 2017) unity deal concluded between US-backed Fatah and Iran-backed Hamas, US President Donald Trump’s special Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt announced, “Any Palestinian government must unambiguously and explicitly commit to nonviolence, recognize the State of Israel, accept previous agreements and obligations between the parties – including to disarm terrorists – and commit to peaceful negotiations.” (more…)


The West Takes Up Its Usual Position

editor 27 October 2017

By Melanie Phillips.. What is it about unconscionable agendas that sends the western head plunging ever deeper into the sand? Please join me here as I discuss with Avi Abelow of Israel Video Network the reaction to President Trump’s speech on the Iran deal, the new pact between Hamas and Fatah and Tony Blair’s latest contribution to the west’s incorrigible myopia. Watch the video below. (more…)


Revisiting The Iran Deal

editor 14 October 2017

By David Harris.. This week, President Donald Trump is expected to speak on Iran and, specifically, the fate of the Iran deal (JCPOA). We have been following the Iran policy discussion closely for years, and are in touch with a wide range of decision-makers from the U.S. and overseas. From the start, AJC took a deliberative approach to the JCPOA, just as we will do depending on what the president says regarding certification/decertification of the deal and the role of Congress going forward. [Photo top right: US Pres Donald Trump, photo credit: YURI GRIPAS / REUTERS](more…)


Trump touts peace hopes at Netanyahu meeting

editor 23 September 2017

By AFP.. US President Donald Trump again expressed his hopes for a peaceful settlement to the Middle East crisis Monday (September 18, 2017) as he met Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Netanyahu was the first leader to have a one-on-one with Trump at the US president’s first United Nations General Assembly, an annual week of high-level diplomacy. The conversation in New York will be dominated by talks of North Korean provocations, the Iran nuclear deal, the crisis in Syria and the debate on climate change. [Photo top right: Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was the first foreign leader to hold one-to-one talks with US President Donald Trump as senior international figures gather at the UN General Assembly in New York. Photo credit: AFP](more…)


Temple Mount Geography Confounds NY Times

editor 17 May 2017

By Ira Stoll.. A New York Times news article about preparations for President Donald Trump’s visit to Jerusalem included this sentence about the Western Wall: “The wall lies underneath the Al Aqsa Mosque, or Temple Mount, which is one of the holiest sites in Islam.” This is inaccurate in at least two ways. [Photo top right: The Western Wall and Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City. Photo: Paul Arps via Wikimedia Commons.]  (more…)


Israel’s silenced majority

editor 15 April 2017

By Caroline Glick.. During Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s meeting with US President Donald Trump at the White House in February (2017), the premier was reportedly taken by surprise when Trump gently prodded – ahead of their meeting – for Israel to “hold back on settlements for a little bit.” Since their meeting, Trump’s prod that Israel curtail the property rights of Jews in Judea and Samaria has been the central issue Trump’s chief negotiator Jason Greenblatt has discussed with Netanyahu and his representatives. (more…)


Outrage at Trump’s ‘Muslim ban’ yet silence over the Middle Eastern ‘ban on Jews’

editor 2 February 2017

By Gaurav Sharma.. US President Donald Trump has delivered on his campaign promise of restricting entry into the US for people from a selection of Muslim-majority countries, with the customary aplomb and organised chaos the wider world has come to expect of him. Trump’s recent executive order suspended all refugee admissions for 120 days and blocked citizens, refugees or otherwise, from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the US for 90 days. Chaos in terms of execution and implementation resulted in harrowing tales of people turned away at US airports, detained by immigration officials and even permanent residents and dual nationals questioned. (more…)


A How-to Guide for Moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem

editor 2 February 2017

By Einat Wilf.. A short four-step how-to guide for moving the American Embassy in Israel from its present location in Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem.

To the President of the United States, attached please find a short four-step how-to guide for moving the American Embassy in Israel from its present location in Tel-Aviv, Israel’s cultural and economic capital, to Jerusalem, Israel’s political capital. This guide will enable you, the President, to realize a clear campaign promise, support an ally, stand by those truly committed to justice and peace, end a long-standing but entirely nonsensical US policy, and as a cherry on top, expose hypocrisy. [Photo top right: US Embassy in Tel Aviv].  (more…)


Guide for the Diplomatically Perplexed: Trump 1.0

editor 28 January 2017

By Prof. Gerald M. Steinberg.. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: The “art of the deal” does not translate directly from the world of business to the world of diplomacy. Diplomatic deal-making requires mastery of four basic elements: integration of diplomacy with the credible threat of force; the rewarding of friends and the punishing of enemies (rather than the opposite); a diplomatic focus on interests rather than emotions; and a refusal to condescend to the citizens who will be affected.  (more…)


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