It is time to ask the question, should President Trump dump strange bedfellow, Vladimir Putin? If he does not, when Putin is up for reelection in 2018, it would quash election tampering by the Russian opposition and support Exxon Mobil’s joint ventures with Russian state oil.
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It is an anti-Semite’s holiday. The headlines this week ran that Washington would be awarding Jerusalem an unprecedented $38 billion for military spending. For more than a decade it has been the anti-Semite’s mantra that the yearly, roughly some $3 billion invoice on the United States’ foreign accounts payable is proof of Israel’s sway over Washington politics. The recent advance for a decade that has increased will surely cause the Palestinian Authority camp to sing sorrow songs while the liberal blood boils in America’s major cities.
Left wing media such as MSNBC were quick to proclaim the Munich gunman from last week was a mentally disturbed 18-year-old German-Iranian national, and this was not terrorism. Instead, according to one article in the UK Telegraph, raids on the shooter’s parents’ apartment revealed he was more inspired by Anders Breivik, a white supremacist who killed 77 in Norway, than by ISIS. But after all, this is why the left wing press is the left wing press.
The relationship between Turkey and Israel is a very fragile thing. These nations have a long history. One day they are in the coldest of political rifts, tomorrow they are back together again, just like a high school couple. Last Tuesday, Israel and Turkey signed a deal to restore ties after a nearly seven-year rift, which is a sabbatical. The agreement was officially signed by Israel’s Foreign Ministry Director, General Dore Gold, in Jerusalem and the Turkish Foreign Ministry Undersecretary, Feridun Sinirlioglu, in Ankara, according to the newswire. And it seems that making-up, which all couples do, is more important to Turkey than it is to the Jewish state.
Obama recently made it known his current foreign policy is to focus on killing Bashar al-Assad of Syria. He will leave the White House reminding us of his ineptitude to carry out the position of commander in chief. The New York Times obtained a memo written by upwards of 50 diplomats of the State Department. The memo urged the president to carry out attacks against the al-Assad regime, spending military budget in an inappropriate venture. The memo said that American policy has been “overwhelmed” by the grisly violence in Syria. It also called for “a judicious use of stand-off and air weapons, which would undergird and drive a more focused and hard-nosed U.S.-led diplomatic process.”
One of the tactless features of the Obama administration has been its misuse of the National Security Agency. Characterized in the mid-2000s by its tendency to spy on American citizens sans warrant, the nature of the agency created a chilling and Orwell-esque atmosphere for many citizens. Now the Israeli military feels the same infringement of their privacy.
Sponsored by the United Nations, America is one of several nations who are preparing to lift their sanctions on Iran. In preparation for the United States to do so, President Obama commended the Islamic Republic during his final State of the Union address Tuesday night for the shipping away of their enriched nuclear stockpiles. He did not mention that they were shipped to one of their sole allies, Russia. Nor did he mention that on Tuesday, 10 U.S. sailors were detained by Iran. Like parenting a delinquent child, this is not the type of behavior that deserves a reward and therefore, lifting sanctions would be a huge mistake.
Donald Trump, the American real-estate mogul and Republican demagogue, announced on a Thursday last month he was canceling his trip to Israel. But that is a shame. Israel would do better by him than the United States, or so it seems. Three weeks ago, he called “for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on," referring to the slaughter of 14 Americans and maiming of 21 when two Muslim jihadists armed with assault rifles opened fire on a special services center in southeastern California.
While Israel is uncomfortable with Europe and America’s reconciliation with Iran after the election of moderate centrist as president, Hassan Rouhani, recent action on the Sinai Peninsula near Gaza by the Egyptian military shows wisdom in Israel’s reticence. It would appear that Rouhani could be nothing more than a figurehead who is not only not promising (necessarily) to remove his country’s nuclear weapons capacities, but also, continuing to support terror against the Jewish state, which actually increased in October.