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Netanyahu vows to annex West Bank settlements after the election

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Netanyahu vows to annex West Bank settlements after the election

In staying true to his conservative roots, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to annex parts of the West Bank that include Jewish settlements. Around 400,000 Jews live in the West Bank and another 200,000 live in East Jerusalem.

This is a shift from Netanyahu’s previous stance, aligning with most members of his Likud Party as well as other conservative parties. It will help the Prime Minister form a coalition that keeps him in office even if his own party cannot achieve the necessary votes on Tuesday.

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This is a partial annexation being discussed, but you wouldn’t make that conclusion based on the numerous left-wing news outlets reporting on it. As far as they’re concerned, Netanyahu is Hitler and he’s about to destroy the last breath of hope for peace in the Middle East.

There are many problems with this conclusion. First, it’s a partial annexation that would have been necessary in any future peace plan. There is no way Israel would force half a million of their people to relocate when they’ve already planted roots. Second, the Palestinian side has always and will always be the primary roadblock to any actual peace plan. This goes back decades when peace was offered, concessions were made, and the Palestinians continued to demand more before they’d stop attacking Israelis.

The broken-record nature of peace plans in the Middle East will never cease, not until there’s divine intervention during the Biblical end days. Until then, both sides will posture and position themselves, the United Nations will condemn Israel, and during times when there’s a pro-Israel President in office in the United States, we will be their lone ally. Otherwise, they’ll have no true allies. But they’ve become accustomed to standing alone against  the world.

Netanyahu needs to continue to be Prime Minister of Israel. He has the fortitude and clarity of thought to keep Israel safe.

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“You are asking whether we are moving on to the next stage – the answer is yes, we will move to the next stage.” – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Final Thoughts

While news outlets and leftist social media paint this as a peace-killer, the reality is this has always been an assumed result of any valid peace plan. It’s a great political move and one that might be enough to save Israel for now.

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The President is right to veto war powers bill. Now he needs to pull support for the war in Yemen.

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The President is right to veto war powers bill Now he needs to pull support for the war in Yemen

As seems to be the case with so many things associated with President Trump and foreign policy, he is both right and wrong about how to handle a particular military status. On one hand, he’s right to veto the bill passed by Congress that called for the U.S. to end support for Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen. On the other other hand, it’s time for the President himself to end our support for Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen.

As I Tweeted earlier:

Congress normally gives away its power to the executive branch by relying on departments and agencies far too much. This is a case where Congress is actually wrong to step in and try to interfere with the Presidential power of Commander-in-Chief. That’s not their lane. It doesn’t matter if they think the war is bad or Saudi Arabia is unworthy of our help. Both might be true, but it’s not their call. The President was right to veto it.

Of course, the war itself is none of our concern. We can and should be working through NGOs and directly to help the people who have been affected by the war. Starvation is rampant. This is another Syria, only without “easy” access to Europe for the people to flee to while their homes are being destroyed. But claims that our interests are being served militarily by being involved in a proxy war with Iran is foolish. It may be true to some extent, but not enough to justify our support.

I’m biased. I was opposed to our coziness with Saudi Arabia long before Jamal Khashoggi was murdered. For decades we’ve acted like we’re beholden to the Saudis because, unfortunately, we likely are beholden to them behind the scenes. But that doesn’t mean it’s any less disgusting. I wish I could go on television and scream like Howard Beale in Network about the corruption of our system by the Saudis, but no network would be crazy enough to put me on the air.

Nevertheless, the President’s veto was righteous.

We need to pull our support for the war, but not because Congress steps out of their lane pretending they wield the power of Commander-in-Chief. The consequences of deflating the executive’s military control are too great.

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Pompeo doesn’t seem worried about Netanyahu applying sovereignty to Judea and Samaria

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Pompeo doesnt seem worried about Netanyahu applying sovereignty to Judea and Samaria

Prior to the Israeli elections last week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised to apply sovereignty in Judea and Samaria, a move that goes starkly against the wishes of the United Nations, the Palestinians, and most nations around the world. CNN’s Jake Tapper asked U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo if this would cause a problem for the Middle East peace plan the United States intends to reveal to the world next month.

Pompeo said, “I don’t. I think that the vision we’ll lay out is going to represent a significant change from the model that’s been used.”

Opinion

If we set aside the fact that the lands wanted by the Palestinians are areas that are imperative for Israel to be able to defend itself from the enemies that surround it, any deal that trades peace for land still makes no sense. Israel is tiny. Compared to the multitude of Muslim nations in the region and around the world, it’s barely even noticeable on a map. There is no logical reason for Israel to give up any of the land that it took as a result of getting attacked.

Remember, if Israel hadn’t been attacked, they wouldn’t have had to take the land that is currently being disputed. In fact, they’ve given back land that wasn’t necessary in order to achieve the limited peace they’ve had with certain nations for decades.

This entire situation of the world against Israel is not based on logic or fairness. It’s based solely on a growing Islamic influence over the entire planet, especially within the halls of the United Nations. This is why I’m skeptical when President Trump called for recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights. Don’t get me wrong – that was a great thing. But if that’s a precursor to asking the Israelis to hand over all or part of the West Bank as well as East Jerusalem, it’s really a non-starter.

I do not foresee a situation in which Israel gives over any significant amounts of land in exchange for peace. But these are strange times.

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“We’ve had a lot of ideas for 40 years. They did not deliver peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians. Our idea is to put forward a vision that has ideas that are new, that are different, that are unique, that tries to reframe and reshape what’s been an intractable problem, that multiple administrations have grappled with, multiple administrations in Israel as well.” – Mike Pompeo

Final Thoughts

If the only Jewish state, one the size of New Jersey, must give up land to form the 51st Muslim nation, then peace will be an illusion. There can be no peace unless the deal is delivered through strength and solidarity between the U.S. and Israel.

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Assange arrested. What will WikiLeaks do?

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Assange arrested What will WikiLeaks do

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been arrested by British police inside the Ecuadorean embassy. Reports indicate law enforcement was invited into the embassy after Assange’s asylum status was revoked by the Ecuadorean government.

The free press organization infamous for leaking sensitive documents about governments around the world claim the revocation of his asylum status breaks international law.

Assange has been holed up in the embassy since 2012 and despite a handful of complaints about strange habits and lack of personal hygiene, the relationship has been strong. That changed recently when Ecuador accused him of leaking information about President Lenin Moreno’s personal life. Both WikiLeaks and Assange deny involvement with the relevant leak.

Opinion

Whether you believe Assange is a hero or a threat, one should consider this a step towards finding the truth. After all, he’s wanted by both the Swedish and American governments for various crimes. The Swedish crime in particular is interesting because it’s for sexual assault and has nothing to do with his activities at WikiLeaks.

The Trump administration has actively pursued Assange, though many may not have heard about it because doing so breaks with the leftist narrative that his campaign worked with the Russians and WikiLeak proxies during the 2016 election.

Now, the question is what will WikiLeaks do in response. Will they go after the Brits? The Ecuadorians? The Trump administration? Do they have something up their sleeve already? So far, there haven’t been any threats leveled via Twitter. Instead, it seems like they’re using this as a fundraising opportunity.

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“Every time we witness an injustice and do not act, we train our character to be passive in its presence and thereby eventually lose all ability to defend ourselves and those we love. In a modern economy it is impossible to seal oneself off from injustice.” – Julian Assange

Final Thoughts

If WikiLeaks has been holding anything back as a contingency, now is the time when that contingency will be used. Then again, they’ve never been shy about sharing, so it’s possible there’s nothing left for them to leak at the moment.

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