Trump calls Egypt, Afghanistan, Turkey and Jordan ‘enemies of America’ for Jerusalem vote

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Donald Trump said last night in his State of the Union speech that “dozens” of countries that receive aid from the U.S. but voted in the U.N. against his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital are “enemies of America” and should lose American aid.

Last month, I also took an action endorsed unanimously by the U.S. Senate just months before:  I recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Shortly afterwards, dozens of countries voted in the United Nations General Assembly against America’s sovereign right to make this decision. In 2016, American taxpayers generously sent those same countries more than 20 billion dollars in aid. That is why, tonight, I am asking Congress to pass legislation to help ensure American foreign-assistance dollars always serve American interests, and only go to friends of America– not enemies of America.

The speech as drafted did not include the word “enemies.” Trump evidently chose to add that language. The draft said only, “I am asking the Congress to pass legislation to help ensure American foreign-assistance dollars always serve American interests, and only go to America’s friends.”

The General Assembly vote was 128-9 with 35 abstaining. Among the countries that according to US AID receive aid that voted against the U.S. are Turkey, Afghanistan, Iraq, Indonesia, Yemen, Pakistan, Egypt and Jordan. His category of “enemies” would also apparently include Saudi Arabia, France, Germany, and Britain, all of which receive nominal aid from the U.S. and voted against the U.S. at the U.N., per the US AID site.

How countries voted in the General Assembly, Dec. 21, 2017, on U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

The speech did not mention Palestine, and did not tout Trump’s avowed effort to make peace between Palestine and Israel.

The Jerusalem Post reports, “Trump did not specify what legislation he would like to see Congress pass. But his administration has been exploring ways to cut foreign aid for months. In recent weeks, Trump has also directly threatened to cut aid of all sorts to the Palestinian Authority, and to international bodies biased toward it in its ongoing conflict with Israel

(The remarks are at 1:37:00 below)

Minority leader Chuck Schumer rose and applauded Trump’s initial statement about Jerusalem, though many other Democratic Senators remained seated. The Jerusalem Post said that Ivanka Trump smiled when Trump gave his Jerusalem lines.

 

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  1. Ossinev
    January 31, 2018, 9:37 am

    Speaking of dollars the $64,000 question has surely got to be – was Trump born a dickhead or did he have to practice?

    • LHunter
      January 31, 2018, 11:35 am

      Ossinev – the age old question – nature or nurture? I usually fall on the side of nurture but with tRUMP I’m not so sure. I think he is biologically hard-wired to be a dickhead and hence shall remain so – passing on his dickhead designer genes to his dickhead offspring.

  2. LHunter
    January 31, 2018, 11:46 am

    Chuck Schumer – venal politician par excellence. If ever there was a foreign agent in the US government it would be good old Chucky – indirectly bought and paid for by Israel for Israel.

    • Misterioso
      February 1, 2018, 2:32 pm

      @LHunter

      Meanwhile, Chuck Schumer worries as Israel rots within and is increasingly viewed by people around the world, including all important young American Jews, as a rogue and a pariah.

      https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/how-trump-accelerating-israels-loss-support?utm_source=EI+readers&utm_campaign=0f2f2a06fd-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e802a7602d-0f2f2a06fd-290675021

      The Electronic Intifada

      “How Trump is accelerating Israel’s loss of support”
      Ali Abunimah – 23 January 2018

      EXCERPT:

      “Lobby leaders are once again bemoaning the fact that support for Israel is eroding rapidly among key constituencies in the United States, this time young American Jews.
      In fact, the Trump presidency may be accelerating the trend as support for Israel becomes increasingly associated with the kind of right-wing and Christian Zionist fanaticism Vice President Mike Pence brought to Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, on Monday.

      “Alan Hoffman, CEO of the Israeli-government backed settler-colonization organization the Jewish Agency, bemoaned the ‘extremely worrisome’ finding that support for Israel among American Jewish college students has plunged 32 percent between 2010 and 2016.
      This is according to a new survey by the Brand Israel Group, and it confirms trends that the consortium of pro-Israel lobbyists has found in earlier polls.

      “’In the year since Trump was elected, the situation has only been exacerbated,’ Hoffman told a gathering of Israel lobby leaders in New York on Monday, according to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz. ‘Jewish college students in the United States, not including those who are Orthodox, see Israel, justifiably or not, as something opposed to their basic liberal and progressive values.’

      The numbers, Hoffman said, are ‘like nothing we have ever seen before.’”

  3. Annie Robbins
    January 31, 2018, 1:50 pm

    speaking of our so called enemies i don’t know if anyones been following the news from kabul but there have been 2 major suicide attacks there since saturday killing over 100 and injuring over 200 in what’s been called a “wave of attacks” https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/taliban-reacts-u-s-pressure-isis-wave-kabul-attacks-n842491

    The Taliban’s recent attacks come in the wake of President Donald Trump’s expansion of the American air campaign in the country. The number of bombs dropped on the Taliban tripled in 2017…

    …“ISIS has conducted many attacks in Kabul since October and the Taliban felt under pressure to respond to that,” she said, referring to the smaller ISIS-linked groups that have set up in the east and north of the country.

    On Dec. 28, ISIS fighters hit a Shiite Muslim center Kabul, killing 41. And on Monday, it claimed an attack on an army garrison in the capital that killed 11.

    interesting, both the US and ISIS seem to be targeting the same people. (independently of course)

    and, pakistan’s being blamed for allegedly not controlling the taliban and pakistan is saying they’re not responsible and they’ve been “betrayed by washington” https://www.reuters.com/article/us-pakistan-afghanistan/afghan-spy-chief-visits-pakistan-in-wake-of-kabul-attacks-idUSKBN1FK179

    so all hells breaking loose over there. and of course our “think tanks” are all over this mess w/their theories but following the tweets i notice there are plenty of pakistanis and afghans who think it’s the cia.

  4. Citizen
    January 31, 2018, 1:52 pm

    Trump brags in his speech to the US nation that he’s moving US embassy to Jerusalem, designated for many decades by all as a corpus separate from either Israel or a future Palestine. What does this have to do with the state of the US union? Nobody on the US mainstream news has even mentioned it, let alone explain why it is that all states’ embassies are in Tel Aviv. Ivanka is happy.

    • Annie Robbins
      January 31, 2018, 2:06 pm

      What does this have to do with the state of the US union?

      union = w/israel.

    • RoHa
      January 31, 2018, 6:11 pm

      Ivanka may be happy, but the US Embassy staff won’t be. The main occupation of embassy people is attending the piss-ups thrown by other embassies. So the US staff will have to drive down to Tel Aviv for the bash at the Japanese Embassy, stagger to the after-party at the Australian Embassy, and then drive back to Jerusalem in the early hours. And then the same again in a few days for the Swedish Embassy do.

      When it is the US turn, will all the others want to haul themselves to Jerusalem, and then back for the Argentinian after-party?

      • Kaisa of Finland
        January 31, 2018, 7:04 pm

        RoHa:

        “So the US staff will have to drive down to Tel Aviv for the bash at the Japanese Embassy, stagger to the after-party at the Australian Embassy, and then drive back to Jerusalem in the early hours..”

        And if they wanted to have a drink at the terrace (of a bar) in the friday evening, a “true believer” might throw them with stones for breaking the shabbat.. (Yes, this happened to my friend in Jerusalem).

      • Kaisa of Finland
        January 31, 2018, 7:19 pm

        “might throw them with stones..”

        Okay, that was a straight translation from Finnish to English, but I guess in English it should have been: “might throw stones at them”.. ??

      • gamal
        January 31, 2018, 7:59 pm

        “might throw them with stones..”

        actually i think that’s rather beautiful in English, Shakespeare and the KJV are full of weird constructions the natives love them, it has a profound ring to it like “Hasta Siempre Comandante Che” Until Always, makes sense in bad English.

  5. Citizen
    January 31, 2018, 3:41 pm

    Donald Trump Labels 128 countries, including all traditional Western allies, “enemies” of US because They didn’t rubber-stamp his Jerusalem move, gifting Jerusalem to tiny Israel, which has never fought alongside USA in any war: http://aje.io/c74vl

    • Misterioso
      February 1, 2018, 11:16 am

      @Citizen

      “… gifting Jerusalem to tiny Israel, which has never fought alongside USA in any war.”

      Well and truly stated!!

      Israel is not a U.S. ally or a strategic asset. It is a millstone around our neck, a major geopolitical liability that costs us well over $10 million per day and its belligerent/illegal/brutal occupation of Palestinian and other Arab lands, (e.g., dispossession, oppression, imprisonment and torture of the native inhabitants, including children), creates enemies of America whose anger at us is entirely justified.

    • LHunter
      February 1, 2018, 8:26 pm

      Citizen – They never fought along side them as friends but one could argue they did fight above and along side them as foes – thinking of the USS Liberty.

      Gifting Israel Jerusalem for using gifted US weapons to kill and maim US citizens and destroy US property – I think that explains why the Palestinians are undeserving.

  6. LHunter
    January 31, 2018, 4:01 pm

    we have bought and paid for your patronage – now do as you’re told you shitholes

  7. Eva Smagacz
    January 31, 2018, 4:16 pm

    I really do not see the reason why Trump should be prevented from stopping the aid to Egypt, Jordan and Turkey.

    Aid to Egypt and Jordan is just a bribe for those countries to play nice with Israel, and it should be shouldered directly by Israel.

    Stopping aid to Turkey would not hurt Turkey that much, and will give Turkey more room to manoeuvre when interacting with Russia, Iran and European Union.

    What is not to like?
    81/92

    • Maghlawatan
      January 31, 2018, 5:22 pm

      Egypt is a basket case. Trump is playing Jenga and if he takes the money away from Egypt the country could collapse. The people hate Israel. The army loves the money.
      Trump is a fucking idiot.

      • Misterioso
        February 1, 2018, 11:21 am

        @Maghlawatan

        I know Egypt well. You are correct: “The [Egyptian] people hate Israel.”

        And Trump is most certainly “a fucking idiot.”

      • Maghlawatan
        February 1, 2018, 11:54 am

        @Misterioso

        I used to live in Egypt. Jerusalem was a pilgrimage destination for both Copts and Sunni Egyptians. Israel like a spoilt child shut off access. Egyptians remember the war crimes of 1967 and 1973. And they know what Israel does in Gaza.

        https://youtu.be/jF6N2OKo8rk

      • Misterioso
        February 1, 2018, 2:17 pm

        @Maghlawatan

        My years of living in the region impressed upon me the fact that Israel is hated by the “Arab street” everywhere. No surprise, entirely justified.

      • Maghlawatan
        February 2, 2018, 9:20 am

        @Misterioso

        The depth of the peace treaty with Egypt was revealed in 2011 when the Mubarak regime collapsed. A mob attacked the Israeli embassy in Cairo. Israel had to ring the US .

        Zionism is backroom dealing 24/7. Ordinary Arabs are viewed with contempt.
        Israel never bothered integrating into the region. Which is why Salah Al din 2.0 is such an existential risk.

        The Druze are a bit like the Jews- religious minority, well placed, secretive – but they play the percentages. Zionism is more interested in projection.

  8. HarryLaw
    January 31, 2018, 7:40 pm

    Trump said…”Shortly afterwards, dozens of countries voted in the United Nations General Assembly against America’s sovereign right to make this decision”. I suppose the US does have the sovereign right to break International law, since as a veto wielding member of the UNSC nobody can do anything about it. But then sovereign rights are enjoyed by others and those states who opposed the US should be commended for upholding International law. The US is fast becoming a rogue state.

    • Misterioso
      February 1, 2018, 11:30 am

      @HarryLaw

      BINGO!!

      By recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Trump has condoned Israel’s systematic and accelerating violation of international law, including the UN Charter, which prohibits the acquisition of territory by war and is binding on all UN members. East Jerusalem has been under belligerent, illegal and brutal occupation by Israel since it launched the June 1967 war. Israel has also urged and enabled hundreds of thousands of foreign Jews to relocate to and build illegal settlements in East Jerusalem as well as the occupied West Bank and Syria’s occupied Golan Heights. (Israel also still illegally occupies Lebanon’s Shebaa Farms and Kfarshuba hills.) Hence, along with the UN Charter, by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Trump has made the U.S. an accomplice to Israel’s violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention and the Rome Statute, which are also binding on all UN members.

      • mondonut
        February 1, 2018, 2:16 pm

        Except:

        The UN Charter does not prohibit the acquisition of territory by war.
        East Jerusalem was occupied prior to 1967.
        The Rome Statute is not binding on UN Members.

      • Misterioso
        February 1, 2018, 2:44 pm

        @mondonut

        Utter rubbish.

        To be brief:

        UNSC Resolution 242, in accordance with the UN Charter:
        “Emphasizing the inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory by war….”

        East Jerusalem was illegally annexed by Jordan prior to 1967. However, unlike what is happening at an accelerating rate under Israel’s belligerent, illegal, brutal 50 year occupation, the native Palestinian Arabs were not being dispossessed, having their homes and olive/fruit groves demolished, their water resources seized, expelled, brutalized and oppressed. In short, apples and oranges.

        In accordance with the 1949 Fourth Geneva Convention, binding on all UN members and ratified by Israel, and further underscoring the illegality of the settlements, Part 2, Article 8, section B, paragraph viii of the Rome Statute of the International Court (1998) defines “the transfer directly or indirectly by the Occupying power of parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies ” as a War Crime, indictable by the International Criminal Court.

      • mondonut
        February 1, 2018, 4:06 pm

        @Misterioso
        Utter rubbish.

        Sure it is, except that you mostly both agree with and confirm what I posted.
        Here is the UN Charter, http://www.un.org/en/sections/un-charter/un-charter-full-text/
        Let me know where you find it, (Pro Tip, UNSC 242 is not the Charter)

        And thanks for confirming that yes, Jerusalem was occupied by the Jordanians prior to 1967. As for the Rome Statute, nice attempt on the spin move but nothing in your comment indicates that the Statute is binding on UN Members, because it is not.

      • Talkback
        February 1, 2018, 7:03 pm

        mondonut: “The UN Charter does not prohibit the acquisition of territory by war.”

        ROFL. As if the UN Charter was not a reaction to World War 2.

        mondonut: “Let me know where you find it, …”

        “All Members shall settle their international disputes [this includes territorial disputes] by peaceful means in such a manner that international peace and security, and justice, are not endangered.
        All Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, ***or in any other manner inconsistent with the Purposes of the United Nations. ***”

        Amongst the purposes:
        “To develop friendly relations among nations based on respect for the principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples, and to take other appropriate measures to strengthen universal peace;”
        http://www.un.org/en/sections/un-charter/un-charter-full-text/

        Illegal annexation obviously violates the right to self determination.

        mondonut: “(Pro Tip, UNSC 242 is not the Charter)”

        Dubble pro tip. Resolution 242 doesn’t create, but “emphasizes” the UN principle of the ‘inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory BY WAR’ which is derived from its purposes and principles.

        And the Geneva Conventions also protect the occupied from illegal annexation, because it violates their right to self determination. (Self determination is something Zionist imbeciles only understand when its good for the Jews.)

        Btw. Do you actually know what customary international law and opinio juris is? You are just doing the same what the International Court implicetly accused Israel of doing: Intepreting international law in bad faith.

        Maybe you should have a look at the Nuremberg trials, because so far you are justifying Nazi Germany’s annexations. Is this your ultimate goal?

        mondonut: “And thanks for confirming that yes, Jerusalem was occupied by the Jordanians prior to 1967. ”

        So what? Contrary to Israel’s occupation after 1967 it wasn’t belligerent but with the consent of the Palestinians to protect them against the Zionist terror hordes and their massacring, destruction, looting and expulsion lust.

      • mondonut
        February 1, 2018, 8:08 pm

        @Talkback

        talkback: As if the UN Charter was not a reaction to World War 2.
        Sure, the UN was created in reaction to WWII, but nonethless the Charter itself does not prohibit the acquisition of territory by war.

        talkback: All Members shall settle their international disputes, blah, blah, blah.
        So apparently you also cannot find that in the Charter. Becasue the word prohibit never appears in the Charter.

        talkback: Resolution 242 doesn’t create, but “emphasizes” the UN principle of the ‘inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory BY WAR’
        It may be a UN principle, but it is not in its Charter.

        talkback: And the Geneva Conventions…
        I made no comment on Geneva. So spare me of your Nazi comparisons.

        talkback: So what? Contrary to Israel’s occupation after 1967…
        Again, thanks for confirming that it was occupied prior to 1967. Taken by force in an offensive war, occupied, illegally annexed and ethnically cleansed.

  9. Kaisa of Finland
    January 31, 2018, 8:56 pm

    Btselem just published this video today:

    “Exploiting Palestinian Land for Treatment of Israeli Waste”

    “Israel turned the West Bank into a garbage dump: exploiting its power and the fact that the Palestinian population is completely excluded from the decision-making process, to divert a significant part of the waste and hazardous substances produced within its borders for treatment in the West Bank.

    In this way, Israel is effectively having it both ways: seemingly increasing the amount of waste it treats, it actually does so by diverting the risks and pollutants onto Palestinian land and people.

    Waste treatment in the West Bank is simply one more facet of the exploitative policy Israel has practiced consistently for fifty years now, using Palestinian space and people to further its own interests. ”

    • JLewisDickerson
      February 2, 2018, 12:59 pm

      RE: Btselem just published this video today: “Exploiting Palestinian Land for Treatment of Israeli Waste” ~ Kaisa of Finland
      AND RE: “This video is unavailable.” ~ YouTube

      MY COMMENT: Apparently the Google censors at YouTube decided the B’Tselem video “Exploiting Palestinian Land for Treatment of Israeli Waste” constituted “incitement”, and dropped it down their “memory hole”.
      Fortunately, I did find a recent B’Tselem video on the same topic. Hebrew is spoken, but there are English subtitles.

      Also, here is the B’Tselem report (in English) being discussed in the video:

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      Adam Aloni: Exploiting Palestinian Land for Treatment of Israeli Waste

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      Israel turned the West Bank into a garbage dump: exploiting its power and the fact that the Palestinian population is completely excluded from the decision-making process, to divert a significant part of the waste and hazardous substances produced within its borders for treatment in the West Bank.

      In this way, Israel is effectively having it both ways: seemingly increasing the amount of waste it treats, it actually does so by diverting the risks and pollutants onto Palestinian land and people.

      Waste treatment in the West Bank is simply one more facet of the exploitative policy Israel has practiced consistently for fifty years now, using Palestinian space and people to further its own interests.

      Category: News & Politics

      License: Standard YouTube License

      • JLewisDickerson
        February 2, 2018, 1:22 pm

        RE: “Apparently the Google censors at YouTube decided the B’Tselem video ‘Exploiting Palestinian Land for Treatment of Israeli Waste’ constituted ‘incitement’, and dropped it down their ‘memory hole’.” – me, above

        Israel-Google-YouTube Censoring Palestinian Videos

  10. James Canning
    February 1, 2018, 2:03 pm

    Trump is underlining the fact he is an aggressive stooge of Israeli expansionism in the occupied West Bank. Truly pathetic.

  11. RayJosephCormier
    February 1, 2018, 2:37 pm

    The US gives Israel $3,500,000,000 EVERY YEAR in Weapons of Death and Destruction. The US just cut off $45 MILLION in food aid to Palestinians.

    Just on those FACTS alone, never mind the continual settlement building on the disappearing Palestinian Land during the 50 Year Israeli Military Dictatorship and occupation, if I were Palestinian, I’d think the US offered no hope of being an Honest Broker/Mediator.

    Unless there is some unforeseen miraculous breakthrough, no Hope leads to Despair, and inevitably, more troubles. I’m Canadian, and I think that independently of Palestinians.

  12. just
    February 1, 2018, 5:20 pm

    There’s nothing “sovereign” nor “right” about Trump’s pronouncement! Al- Quds / Jerusalem cannot be given nor granted away.

    The US has bombed the hell out of Afghanistan~ how dare he call the Afghans “enemies”??? The US and its ‘allies’ are still bombing the hell out of the entire region!

    Now, this happened:

    “Israel using tourism to legitimise settlements, says EU report

    Exclusive: European Union Heads of Mission warn ‘touristic settlements’ are being used as a political tool

    Israel is developing archaeological and tourism sites to legitimise illegal settlements in Palestinian neighbourhoods of Jerusalem, European Union diplomats in the city have warned.

    A leaked report acquired by the Guardian cited projects in parts of East Jerusalem – occupied by Israel since 1967 – that are being used “as a political tool to modify the historical narrative and to support, legitimise and expand settlements”.

    The report identified settler-run excavation sites in the heart of majority-Arab districts, a proposed cable car project with stops on confiscated land and the designation of built-up urban areas as national parks.

    “East Jerusalem is the only place where Israeli national parks are declared on populated neighbourhoods,” the report said.

    The document, a report written annually by the EU Heads of Mission in Jerusalem, presented a bleak picture, saying the overall situation in the city and the prospects for peace had worsened.

    Marginalisation of Palestinians, who comprise about 37% of the city’s residents, continued unabated, with more than 130 building demolitions and the displacement of 228 people, it said.

    A record number of Israeli settlement proposals and the physical isolation of Palestinians under a strict Israeli permit scheme meant “the city has largely ceased to be the Palestinian economic, urban and commercial centre it used to be”.

    Archaeology and tourism development by government institutions as well as private settler organisations established what it said was a “narrative based on historic continuity of the Jewish presence in the area at the expense of other religions and cultures”. Chief among them, the report warned, was the City of David, a government-funded archeological park in the Palestinian neighbourhood of Silwan that provides tours in the ruins of ancient Jerusalem.

    The site is operated by a settler organisation “promoting an exclusively Jewish narrative, while detaching the place from its Palestinian surroundings”.

    Approximately 450 settlers live under heavy protection in Silwan, the report said, alongside almost 10,000 Palestinians. Continued evictions of Palestinian families and the increased Israeli security presence have created a particular tension, it warned.

    More recently, a cable car project approved by the Israeli cabinet in May plans to connect West Jerusalem with the Old City, part of Jerusalem internationally recognised as occupied.

    Expected to be operational in 2020 and aiming to transport more than 3,000 people per hour, the report warned the “highly controversial” plan would contribute to the consolidation of “touristic settlements”. The project also aims, in a second phase not yet approved, to extend further into East Jerusalem.

    “Critics have described the project as turning the World Heritage site of Jerusalem into a commercial theme park while local Palestinian residents are absent from the narrative being promoted to the visitors,” it said.

    In addition, the diplomats warned, the cable car could lead to a deterioration of the security situation, as it would be located about 130 metres from the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif complex, revered as a holy site by both Muslims and Jews. …”

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/feb/01/israel-settlements-jerusalem-tourism-un

    Wish that it wasn’t only a “leaked report”, but hurrah for, and thanks to, The Leaker…

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