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03 January 2018

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TV

How many years has the moving of the American embassy to Jerusalem been "on the table?"
How much has this so-called bargaining chip gained?
Enough is enough.
If the other guys refuse to deal, then do what you want to do.
if that means throwing a grenade, well........

turcopolier

TV

You don't understand. No "deal" was ever possible. there will be no "deal," ever. pl

Brian Weston

I agree with the ‘no deal’ scenario .As you say this is their ‘Raison d’etre’ . There can be no solution, no deal.
We just await the eventual conflict.

TV

Col:
I DO understand that no deal was ever possible, which is why I said what I said.
Israel has no motivation for a deal and the Palestinians terms are non-negotiable.
Happy New Year, BTW.

turcopolier

TV et al

Furthermore, the only possibility for something resembling peace between the Zionist Jews and the Palestinians was a renewable truce (hudna). the issue between the sides is irreducible. The issue is ownership of the Holy Land by whatever political name you want to call it. Jerusalem is at th heart of that dispute and will always be that. Trump is a fool to have thought otherwise. Trump has killed the possibility of long term co-existence. pl

Babak Makkinejad

The war has been going on for 70 years.

ambrit

Sir;
Throwing in my own hand grenade here. Will there ever be a situation, in your opinion, where Jerusalem could become a U.N. Mandated Open City? Full and equal access for all, policed by an international force, with timed rotations of troops, or para military police, to preclude charges of favouritism?
Can the U.N. become robust enough to carry out such a mission? I know that the Zionists are an existential stumbling block, but, will they be able to compromise? Is the Theocratic party in Israel in control for perpetuity?
I know this is a far stretch, but, feasible?
Thank you for your experienced analysis in advance.
ambrit

DC

This is why the capable surrounding states wish for nuclear weapons capability so badly. Once Israel is no longer clearly superior with respect to nukes, all bets are off. For the sake of us all, I hope they come to their senses, before the battle lines are official.

turcopolier

ambrit

That would be the only sane solution but it will never occur. The Zionists will never accept it and we Americans have made them so strong that they can defy everyone. pl

Clonal Antibody

When taking a view on DJT's various actions, keep this article in mind -Donald Trump Didn’t Want to Be President

As the campaign came to an end, Trump himself was sanguine. His ultimate goal, after all, had never been to win. “I can be the most famous man in the world,” he had told his aide Sam Nunberg at the outset of the race. His longtime friend Roger Ailes, the former head of Fox News, liked to say that if you want a career in television, first run for president. Now Trump, encouraged by Ailes, was floating rumors about a Trump network. It was a great future. He would come out of this campaign, Trump assured Ailes, with a far more powerful brand and untold opportunities.

“This is bigger than I ever dreamed of,” he told Ailes a week before the election. “I don’t think about losing, because it isn’t losing. We’ve totally won.”

From the start, the leitmotif for Trump about his own campaign was how crappy it was, and how everybody involved in it was a loser. In August, when he was trailing Hillary Clinton by more than 12 points, he couldn’t conjure even a far-fetched scenario for achieving an electoral victory. He was baffled when the right-wing billionaire Robert Mercer, a Ted Cruz backer whom Trump barely knew, offered Trump’s campaign an infusion of $5 million. Trump didn’t turn down the help—he just expressed vast incomprehension about why anyone would want to do that.

DJT is unfit to be the President - but so unfortunately was HRC

David E. Solomon

Colonel Lang,

I am sorry, but the man is not very intelligent. I think if you were able to look into the sources of his wealthy the laundry would be very dirty.

Regards,

David

turcopolier

David E Solomon

Are you able to look into the sources of his wealth or are you just running your mouth out of animosity to him. If you do not have specifics you should shut up. pl

different clue

Clonal Antibody,

I knew my vote for Trump was dangerous when I cast it. But I didn't imagine it would be so very dangerous on so very many levels.

But it had to be done. As you say, what was the alternative? Clinton? I think not. Between the Greater Evil and the Greater Awful, I still don't regret having chosen the Greater Awful.

But having defeated Clinton is not enough to make all the pain of all this Trumpoonery worth it. The only thing that will make all this pain and all the pain to come "worth it", is if we can totally defeat and destroy and expel the Jonestown Clintards and the Jonestown Obamatards from out of the Democratic Party.

Laura

Clonal Antibody (great handle by the way) -- Isn't it possible to "compare and contrast" the levels of unfitness? Can you really just label both "unfit" without reference to the situation under discussion? That seems way too easy and unengaged in the realities of what is happening (or might have happened).

David E. Solomon

Try this link:

http://www.cnn.com/2015/07/31/politics/trump-mob-mafia/index.html

You will find many others.

No real way of telling for certain. But like my feelings about Hillary and Bill, I feel the odds are good that they all have unsavory ties. Hillary and Bill's probably run to banking not mob connections, but, personally, I think the bankers are as reprehensible as the mobsters.

I don't believe that Trump is likely to care anymore about the direction of the country or for the the man in the street than Bill and Hillary care.

james

trump is delusional - yes.. viewing world issues like some sort of business deal, while getting input from your daughter and son in law who are now especially talented for giving bad advice.. oh well..

as i read ambrit and pats response to ambrit - zionism created the problem here and continues to be the problem... it will be really great when they make any type of word against zionism equate with anti-semitism... some countries have been working on a law like that... obviously nikki haley would approve...

Jony Kanuck

Col,
From reading Elijah Magnier & other sources, one possible future that emerges is Hizbollah, SAA & Iran loyal Iraqi militia 'liberating' the Golan Heights. My guess would be that Israel could stop them but at a painful cost in body bags. There would be a rush for the exits in Israel though; a lot of Israelis have second passports. Then we're left with a country of mostly religious fanatics with thermonuclear weapons. Sigh

SmoothieX12

Once Israel is no longer clearly superior with respect to nukes, all bets are off.

No, they are not. Especially once one considers Israel's Samson Option. Israelis, though, are terrified of a competent Arab conventional military. In general, the issue can not be described in black and white (all bets are "off" or are still "on") terms. Trump, however, in his haste, effectively removed the US from any negotiating table (or platform) as a mediator.

For the sake of us all, I hope they come to their senses, before the battle lines are official.

Escalation to a nuclear threshold, now that Russia is in Syria, becomes a very tricky but also a remote possibility.

English Outsider


Colonel - It's not long back that the organisation "Commanders for Israel's Security" were visualising a different plan for Jerusalem. Not as sensible as "Ambrit's" solution above but it at least indicated a readiness to negotiate -

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.723060

The full plan is set out here:-

http://en.cis.org.il/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/snpl_plan_eng.pdf

I believe the reason we do not hear of this CIS plan any more may be because it is now clear that any agreement now made would have to be more far reaching. Right of Return, some degree of compensation, Jerusalem to be an international city - this sounds fantasy now but is, I believe, the only chance for the long term survival of a Jewish community in Palestine. It's a South African style solution or none now, and although it's true that the solution failed in South Africa, at least for most Afrikaners, an internationally guaranteed and monitored solution along those lines is now the only one possible.

The cheapest too, both in lives and money, for if some such solution is not arrived at it's goodbye Israel, not for us, I'd imagine, but for our and their grandchildren. Am I wrong in still seeing this CIS plan as indicating, for the more sober Israeli IDF and security personnel at least, that holding to the present hard line is simply not viable?

Fellow Traveler

Jerusalem may not be a skyscraper deal but Jared's half-billion note due next year on 666 Fifth Avenue is.

Let's see who steps up and rescues him this year.

robt willmann

A man said to be one of Donald Trump's close friends for many years is Thomas Barrack, Jr., of Syrian and Lebanese descent. He went to college and law school in the U.S., and has been with the Republican Party from the Nixon years. Early on he spent some time in Saudi Arabia, which was a benefit to him business-wise. He of course stays in the background, as do most people who have quite a bit of money. His connection with Saudi Arabia may have been an influence on Trump, but no one seems to have gone into that issue, nor have I found anything about Mr. Barrack's thoughts about Jerusalem--

http://www.townandcountrymag.com/society/money-and-power/g13034515/thomas-barrack-jr-facts/

http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-trump-barrack-inauguration-20170109-story.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/hes-better-than-this-says-thomas-barrack-trumps-loyal-whisperer/2017/10/10/067fc776-a215-11e7-8cfe-d5b912fabc99_story.html

Babak Makkinejad

One must recall US Congress's role in this - they set the ball in motion in 1998.

eakens

I also agree that the biggest risk to Israel is a conventional force which (a) does not have a nuclear weapon; and (b) can fight them on their turf, too close to where they can use their nuclear weapons.

On a side note, I was reviewing the latest tax reform and found an interesting tidbit in the Tax Act, specifically:

The Act grants combat zone tax benefits to the Sinai Peninsula of Egypt, if (as of the date of enactment) any member of the Armed Forces is entitled to special pay for services performed there under 37 U.S.C. §310 (which relates to special pay for duty subject to hostile fire or imminent danger).

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James

Have you tried to raise issues like BDS on a Zionist forum recently? You will swiftly be disavowed of the notion that you are simply an anti-Zionist. Not sure there's a word for it, but equating the 2 has long been a key plank of Zionist strategy to turn all opposition into hate crime. What they fail to see is that if the keep it up, it may just one day turn out to be true.

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Taking Jerusalem "off the table" certainly appears to be a quintessential demonstration of this anti-Solomon's profound lack of wisdom - surely he should have ordered it cut in half (along with the 2 mothers' shared house, in this case). Yet profoundly unwise at it seems, given DJT is clearly a one state solutioner (the act surely ends all chance of a 2 state solution) it strikes me as not an illogical move. If one really believes that for peace to come at all, it can only come from the Palestinians and Jews sharing a single state (presently called Israel) it is perfectly sensible to dispel the notion that a city of such enormous importance to both parties be anything other than its capital. Whether such a belief equates to fairies at the bottom of the garden is a different matter.

A peaceful single state solution will only work if the Zionists are ultimately forced to recognize that their state must accommodate Jewish/non-Jewish citizens on at least a broadly equitable basis - i.e. equally enfranchised. Clearly not of the real world today. But the one state solution view considers this no less real world than the chance of finding a viable accord with a permanently besieged Palestinian micro state, peppered with Jewish settlements, somehow happily sharing Jerusalem with Israel. I have to confess some sympathy for this assessment of the relative likelihoods of success.

But we are now in the (nearly) post Syrian War era. At last we have a strong sign that parts of the ME and wider Asian powers will no longer tolerate Israel and it's big brother laying waste to the region forever, for the sake of Jewish 'security'. The direction of travel is clear, it's going to get ever more costly (diplomatically, economically and militarily) for the US to secure it's outpost of monotheistic democracy in the Holy Land. Eventually Israel's tantrums will not yield the desired response - then will be time to negotiate.

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