Opening a US Embassy in Jerusalem could actually advance peace, if it is accompanied by the opening of a US Embassy to Palestine in East Jerusalem.
A Palestinian demonstrator holds a placard during a protest against a promise by US President-elect Donald Trump to relocate the US Embassy to Jerusalem, near the Jewish settlement of Maale Adumim, West Bank, Jan. 20, 2017.
Opening a US Embassy in Jerusalem could actually advance peace, if it is accompanied by the opening of a US Embassy to Palestine in East Jerusalem.
REUTERS/Mohamad TorokmanA Palestinian demonstrator holds a placard during a protest against a promise by US President-elect Donald Trump to relocate the US Embassy to Jerusalem, near the Jewish settlement of Maale Adumim, West Bank, Jan. 20, 2017.
Before taking off for Israel to inaugurate the new US Embassy building in Jerusalem scheduled for May 14, Ivanka Trump, the daughter of US President Donald Trump, would do well to study the Talmudic adage that roughly translated means, “The pot calling the kettle black.” The saying will help her explain to her father that no one who violates international law can expect others — Iran, for instance — to adhere to it. A leader who expects his rival, such as North Korean President Kim Jong Un, to abide by United Nations resolutions should serve as a shining example of adherence to those resolutions.
In case the president does not understand what his daughter is getting at, her husband, Jared Kushner — Trump’s special envoy to the Middle East — could probably whip out UN Resolution 478 of August 1980. The Security Council’s resolution determines that Israel’s Basic Law, stating “Jerusalem, complete and united, is the capital of Israel,” enacted by the Knesset three weeks earlier contravenes international law. The council expressed “deep concern” about what it described as the change in the character and status of the city, “with its implications for peace and security.”
The resolution, adopted by a 14-0 vote and a US abstention, declared that all measures adopted by Israel altering the “holy city” of Jerusalem are null and void. It even called on countries that maintain diplomatic missions in the city to withdraw them.
Until Israel took over the eastern part of Jerusalem in 1967 and annexed it, almost 40% of the 54 foreign diplomatic missions in Israel, most of them from Latin America and Africa, were located in the city. Within less than a month after this UN resolution, 13 countries shut down their missions and moved out. Turkey closed its consulate general in the city. The United States did not implement its veto power to quash Resolution 478, arguing that the issue of Jerusalem must be resolved in peace negotiations rather than a unilateral declaration by one side.
On Dec. 6, 2017, with negotiations between the sides moribund, Trump decided the time was right for a unilateral move regarding the status of Jerusalem. Following his declaration recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the UN Security Council once again affirmed, “Any decisions and actions which purport to have altered the character, status or demographic composition of the Holy City of Jerusalem have no legal effect, are null and void, and must be rescinded in compliance with relevant resolutions of the Security Council.”
Several days later, on Dec. 21, 2017, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) voted overwhelmingly in favor of the resolution by a 128 majority, calling on member states to avoid moving their diplomatic missions to Jerusalem. The UNGA reiterated the longstanding position of the international community, led by the United States, according to which the status of Jerusalem should only be determined in negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians. Other than the United States and Israel, only seven member states, hardly major powers, voted nay: Guatemala, Honduras, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau and Togo.
The world’s top cop was not only unmoved by the UN resolutions, Trump ordered the opening of the new Jerusalem embassy moved up to May 2018 to coincide with the 70th anniversary of Israel’s independence. However, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is not content with just having the US flag fly in Jerusalem. In recent months, he has been working hard to tempt other countries, especially those ruled by right-wing governments, to follow in the steps of the United States and trample the resolutions of the UN. At a reception for foreign diplomats marking Israel’s Independence Day, celebrated this year on April 19, Netanyahu addressed the ambassadors like a seasoned sales representative in vernacular reminiscent of reality TV shows, saying, “There’s a simple principle, you’re familiar with it: First come, first served. I’ve decided that the first 10 embassies to come here will get preferential treatment. We’ll help you! All of you should do that.”
Netanyahu also shared with his listeners the news that at least six other countries were “seriously discussing with us, moving the embassy to Jerusalem.” Netanyahu found a surprising advocate for his call in — of all places — the left wing of Israeli society. In an interview on Germany’s Deutsche Welle television, Amos Oz, Israel’s iconoclastic author and one of its preeminent advocates for peace, called on all countries of the world to follow Trump and move their embassies to Jerusalem.
However, there was a caveat to the initiative he presented in the interview marking Israel’s Independence Day and publication of the German-language edition of his book “Dear Zealots. Letters from a Divided Land.” The Jerusalem-born writer suggested that countries moving their embassies to the western part of Jerusalem should, at the same time, open embassies in the city’s eastern section as the capital of a Palestinian state.
Indeed, there is precedent for such an arrangement. For years, many countries maintained two embassies in Berlin, one in the western part of town and one in the Communist east. Since the division of the Korean Peninsula, the same flags have been flying in Seoul and Pyongyang. According to former US President Bill Clinton’s peace plan of 2000 and other plans formulated by Israeli-Palestinian teams and research institutes, Jerusalem is supposed to serve as the capital of two states without the need for a dividing cement wall and barbed wire.
Last December, leaders of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation convening in Istanbul called for recognition of East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine. One can infer from this declaration that the Islamic nations, including the Arab states, are willing to recognize the western part of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel along with parallel recognition of the eastern part of the city as the capital of a future Palestinian state. The Foreign Ministry in Moscow recently announced that Russia recognizes West Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and the east should be the capital of the future Palestinian state. The European Union high representative for foreign affairs and security policy, Federica Mogherini, said in response to Trump’s Jerusalem declaration that the city should serve as both the capital of Israel and of Palestine. The Arab League and the EU declared in February that Jerusalem should be the joint capital of Israel and of the future Palestinian state.
With the opening of its embassy in West Jerusalem, the United States will be severing the umbilical cord linking the status of Jerusalem under international law and UN resolutions to the terms of a permanent agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. What’s more, Trump has already made clear that recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital and relocation of the US Embassy from Tel Aviv do not constitute an American position on a final Israeli-Palestinian agreement, including the boundaries of Jerusalem. If the embassy opening is a symbolic move intended to advance a two-state solution, all countries supporting such a resolution to the conflict should be called upon to move their embassies to the city. At the same time, they should move their missions from the city of Ramallah — the West Bank seat of the Palestinian Authority — to Jerusalem. Trump should serve as an example. That would provide him with gravitas when he tries to keep Iran and North Korea in line.
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Jeremy Corbyn leads a pro-Palestinian demonstration in London in 2014, one year before becoming Labour Party leader. Photo: File.
This marked a massive rise from the previous such survey, in which only 39% of Jews believed Corbyn was antisemitic.
British Jews also expressed an extremely low opinion of the Labour Party in general. The poll showed that 85.6% believed Labour suffered from “very high” levels of antisemitism.
Corbyn and his party have been beset with a series of high-profile antisemitism scandals for several years, which has resulted in the resignation and suspension of several prominent officials. Corbyn himself was recently caught on video saying that “Zionists” did not understand “English irony” despite “having lived in this country for a very long time.”
Makuya in Jerusalem 201 (YouTube)
Like an apple tree among trees of the forest, So is my beloved among the youths. I delight to sit in his shade, And his fruit is sweet to my mouth. (Song of Songs 2:3)
For ten days in late August, Israeli Rabbi Benny Lau and his wife, Rabbanit Noah Lau, traveled from Jerusalem to Japan to lead Bible study for groups of Makuya Japanese Christians. The Laus traveled to five Japanese towns and spent three days together at a weekend conference with 3,400 members of the Makuya group.
Makuya is Japanese for the Hebrew word Mishkan, the tent of meeting, where human beings come into contact with God. The Mishkan was the portable sanctuary that the Israelites used in the desert, before entering Israel and building the First Holy Temple.
The Lord tests the righteous, but his soul hates the wicked and the one who loves violence. (Psalm 11:5)
Brazilian presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro. (Credit: Agencia O Globo)
Jair Bolsonaro, the front-runner in the upcoming presidential election in Brazil, was stabbed during a campaign rally Thursday and was undergoing surgery.
The far-right politician, whose heated rhetoric has electrified some voters and angered others – -who accuse him of racism and homophobia – in a deeply polarized electorate, was attacked amid a crowd in the south-east state of Minas Gerais. Bolsonaro has performed strongly in recent opinion polls.
Those same polls suggested that he will likely receive the most votes in next month’s presidential elections, especially if the country’s former president Luis Inacio Lula da Silva (‘Lula’) remains blocked from standing. He is currently in prison, but is appealing against his candidacy ban – imposed after his conviction for corruption.
Republican lawmakers have made it clear they have no intention of repealing Obamacare in the current Congress.
Republicans in the nation’s top lawmaking body have never really wanted to get rid of Obamacare. They would prefer to present the program, which David Horowitz correctly describes as “the greatest assault on individual freedom and individual choice in our lifetimes,” as a villain and whip up sentiment against it and run against it every election. They view Obamacare as good for the business of politics. They may chip away at it from time to time or tinker with it at the margins, but make no mistake: these creatures of Washington want to keep it in place. This is the Republicans’ dirty secret.
The Trump administration has decided to reopen a case brought by a Zionist group against Rutgers University, previously closed by the Obama administration in 2014, alleging that the university had allowed Jewish students to be subjected to a hostile environment in violation of Title VI of the U.S. Civil Rights Act. The issue, ignored by the Obama administration, was whether the students were discriminated against based on their actual or perceived Jewish ancestry or ethnicity. Kenneth L. Marcus, the new assistant secretary of education for civil rights, decided that the case deserved another look.
Nestled in the Han River in the middle of South Korea’s bustling capital of Seoul, Yeoui Island is hardly where one would expect to find the largest mega-church in the world. Home to the city’s business and financial district, its skyline dotted with skyscrapers, the island boasts some of the country’s most powerful institutions, such as the Korean stock exchange and the headquarters of LG, the international conglomerate.
The AfD’s opponents, who often brand the party as “far right” or “extremist,” claim that the party’s alleged ties to neo-Nazi groups pose an existential threat to Germany’s constitutional order. The AfD’s supporters counter that Germany’s politically correct establishment, afraid of losing its power and influence, is attempting to outlaw a legitimate party that has pledged to put the interests of German citizens first.
Israel’s Palestinian foes regard “martyrdom” as the supremely highest expression of Islamic sacredness. Nonetheless, there are certain conspicuously prominent disjunctions between the relevant obligations of faith and expectations of international law. Unambiguously, only the latter set of obligations can offer a suitably authoritative source for assessing Palestinian resorts to armed force.
This is the case even when the stated objective of such resorts would be “self-determination” and/or “national liberation.”
“Setting fire to the ground,” a “major catastrophe,” bringing “new instability” are the headlines that have greeted Donald Trump’s unorthodox decisions over the past year. Withdrawing from UNESCO, moving the US Embassy, leaving the Iran deal and cutting funding to UNRWA and funding for Pakistan were seen as extreme decisions in the Middle East and around the world. Insofar as there is a “Trump Doctrine,” it has been to call this bluff.
In the mind-set of Trump and his team, the time has come for the United States to move quickly to reverse decades of foreign policy norms, ending the status quo, and ripping up what the previous administrations did.
The jihadi assault on and massacre of Christians continued unabated throughout the Muslim word. According to one report titled, “Armed gangs WIPE OUT 15 villages in mass Christian slaughter in Nigeria,” several Islamic terrorists “stormed through 15 villages to massacre Christians and destroy their churches in a violent crackdown against the religion…. Dozens of people have been killed after the gangs ransacked towns and villages to clear them of all aspects of the Christian faith.
Wars are raging in various parts of the Middle East, although there is a tendency not to call the conflicts by that name because of the fear conjured up by the word.
One conflagration is the war Iran is waging against those – headed by Israel – who stand in the way of its plans to take over the entire Middle East.
Another is the Assad regime’s war to take back control of the entire country, and a third is the PLO’s battle for survival.
Much has been written about the first of these wars, and reports have claimed that from early 2017 on, Israel has launched over 200 attacks in Syria, mainly at targets connected to Iran.