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Israel-Palestine conflict could ‘explode’ under Donald Trump, Israel supporter warns

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The Israel-Palestine conflict could “explode” under the presidency of Donald Trump, longtime Israel supporter David Makovsky warned on Sunday in New York.

Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are capable of a series of eight or nine missteps that could lead to an outbreak of greater violence in Palestine and across the region, Makovsky said in an appearance at the 92d Street Y. “I worry… it is going to cause an explosion.”

Makovsky, a former State Department aide who is now an expert at the Israel lobby group the Washington Institute, detailed some of those possible missteps:

The Israelis are now so “spun up” about the UN Security Council vote against settlements that there is a major push to colonize more of Palestine. “Netanyahu is the most leftwing member of his government,” Makovsky said. He has failed to get anyone to his left inside the coalition and the result is that the center doesn’t hold. “He’s riding the tiger and going along for the ride.”

The Israelis are pushing Trump for a demonstration of support for their claims to Palestinian territories. The UN vote, Makovsky said, is “forcing them to want to force Trump to do something soon.” If Trump gives Israel the go-ahead on its colonization of Jerusalem and the West Bank, Netanyahu will lose his “excuse” that Americans oppose the occupation, and he could become “intertwined” with Education Minister Naftali Bennett and there will be no check on expansionism.

Bennett will push for “76 outposts” to be legalized on the east side of Israel’s wall inside the West Bank; and there will be a push to “settle everywhere.”

Trump wants to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem. But moving the embassy would “require a lot of political spadework on the part of the new administration” that it may not be capable of, Makovsky said: talking to Arab leaders, talking to Palestinians, going on satellite TV and saying, This is West Jerusalem, this has nothing to do with East Jerusalem, that’s for negotiation. But even with that kind of p.r., Arabs across the region may well hear: “America has decided Jerusalem belongs to the Jews.” The result could be violence against American embassies across the region.

“The Jordanians said Friday, this is terrible, it could lead to an explosion in our country, don’t do it. Ironically Arabs might have more influence on Israel than the US in trying to hold it back,” Makovsky said.

Israeli ambassador Dani Dayan and David Friedman, recent photo from Raphael Ahren twitter feed

Israeli ambassador Dani Dayan and David Friedman, recent photo from Raphael Ahren twitter feed

Trump’s choice for American ambassador to Israel, the settler supporter David Friedman, is already letting it be known now that he wants to visit West Bank settlements Beit El and Hebron. “The American ambassador doesn’t even cross the green line,” Makovsky said; “but what if he does a celebratory visit?”

The Israelis have withheld infrastructure supplies from going to the besieged Gaza Strip because they wanted the Palestinian Authority to reap the political rewards of such aid; but the result is that the water will soon be undrinkable in Gaza, and even Israeli generals are warning that there could be a fourth war to follow the three of 2008, 2012, and 2014. “The cycles are shorter and the wars get longer.”

Makovsky said that the Palestinians could decide to join several UN agencies that it has not joined, causing the U.S. to seek to defund those agencies, including the World Health Organization. And the Palestinian Authority could decide to give up its role of maintaining order in Area A of the West Bank.

“The PA could say, We give up. You occupy it; it’s yours, you take care of it.”

He went on: “It’s not just one plus one. It’s 1 1 1 1 1 1– it’s 8 or 9 of these things I could think of… My concern is not this Tuesday and that Monday, but that taking all this together, what is the straw that breaks the camel’s back?… We have to think outside the box about how to avoid an explosion in 2017.”

Makovsky said a couple of other things that should be reported. He asserted that Israel’s economy is so strong that its GDP (presumably GDP per capita) “is about to surpass France. Believe it or not, it’s two years out from surpassing France. It is about halfway through of the top 24 OECD countries, the more advanced industrial states.” And remember: this is the country to which the U.S. sends more than half of its aid to the entire world.

Makovsky also said that while the Jewish community is critical of Secretary of State John Kerry, “I have respect for the man. He’s relentless in wanting to resolve the problem.” Makovsky worked on Kerry’s negotiation team in 2014; and “I saw the relentlessness up close.”

Just to give you a little story, I asked his personal assistant who logs his calls, Who was the person he talked to the most during the time I was in government. He said, “It’s not close. It was Bibi Netanyahu.” I said, “Who was second place?” “[Sergey] Lavrov, the foreign minister of Russia.” I said, “Was it 50-50?” He said, “It was I think 4 to 1 Netanyahu to Lavrov, but maybe at best, three to one… that’s a very generous way to say how much he talked to Lavrov.” In other words he was very consumed. We were writing the talking points for the secretary of state and we couldn’t write them fast enough, because the calls were coming so quickly.

John Kerry said in December at the Saban Forum that he’d talked to Netanyahu a lot:

I’ve spent four years now in the most intensive effort I think – I don’t think – I asked my staff to go back and read the record. I have talked to Bibi Netanyahu more than 375 times in this term. That’s only the public recording, because I was in the habit of picking up the phone and calling him at home or calling him here and there and just getting him eating. I’ve talked to him in those public transactions more than 130 hours. My wife accused me of having talked to him more than I’ve talked to her in these four years.

By the way, Makovsky spoke at the 92d Street Y in his capacity as a shotgun for Israel lobby groups (the Lynn and Charles Schusterman Foundation and the Israel on Campus Coalition) deploring the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS) on campus. He mischaracterized that campaign in a couple of ways. I’ll return to this in days to come.

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  1. HarryLaw on January 10, 2017, 11:48 am

    Trump may regret wanting Netanyahu to be one of his first visitors. He will want assurances that the US Embassy will be moved to Jerusalem, thereby enraging 1 and a half billion Muslims, and he will want Trump to fulfill his promise to renegotiate the Iran Agreement, thereby enraging the rest of the world. What could go wrong? King Bibi knows he has more support in Congress than Trump, I imagine Congress would sooner inaugurate Netanyahu, his ego is so large he would probably accept.

  2. Maghlawatan on January 10, 2017, 2:08 pm

    Israel is a dumb occupier. All stick. Zero carrot. Jews get everything. Palestinians get nothing. Jews celebrate Jewish holidays where cruel tyrants such as Pharaoh are remembered. Israel is such a tyrant. Cognitive dissonance is off the scale.

    95% of the water in Gaza is undrinkable. Israel blew up the power station and the sewage treatment plant. Gaza will soon be unlivable. Israeli responsibility. Yossi Israeli’s hatred for Gaza is unfathomable but Israeli won’t be able to spin the collapse. Jews in the US should turn away now. Israel has taken on risks it cannot manage.

  3. Maghlawatan on January 10, 2017, 2:20 pm

    Israel’s GDP doesn’t allow for all the hidden liabilities it has built up or all the theft that goes with the occupation. All that free land and free water. If settlers had market price for housing they would have far less disposable income.

    • Jon66 on January 10, 2017, 3:35 pm

      Can you explain the relationship between GDP and liability?
      Can you explain how disposable income affects GDP?

      I don’t see the correlation.

      • annie on January 10, 2017, 4:10 pm

        jon, GDP represents the total dollar value of all goods and services produced over a specific time period. one example of how a hidden liability might impact your GDP is lawsuits, fraud and negligence. so for example if one is stealing resources from occupied territory against international law (say for example not paying fair market value for rocks from a quarry on property you do not own) it might not show up as a liability determining the GDP, but it could come back to bite later. (you could get sanctioned or penalized).

        disposable income is money available to you after all your debts and obligations are paid off. so, for example, if your house is heavily subsidized by the government, or the land it’s sitting on is stolen, it might not cost you anything or much less, it means you’ll have more disposable income. having more disposable income means more purchasing power, hence, it drives up the GDP, one would imagine.

      • Maghlawatan on January 10, 2017, 4:31 pm

        GDP is a value added concept. If numbers are fake and corrected GDP falls.

        Israeli numbers are fake. Israel doesn’t pay for any of the water it takes from the West Bank. Neither does it pay for any of the land it uses. Most settlers could never afford a home in Israel. They have money to spend only because of the occupation. When they are repatriated they won’t have that money and spending will fall.

        Reparations for YESHA will cost tens of billions. That is a hidden liability.

      • talknic on January 10, 2017, 5:11 pm

        @ Jon66 January 10, 2017, 3:35 pm

        “I don’t see the correlation.”

        Take your Zioglasses off

      • Jon66 on January 10, 2017, 8:05 pm

        If they are repatriated, the effect on GDP will depend upon how it is handled. If the Israeli govt needs to build new infrastructure to handle the returnees then GDP could go up. If they obtain water through desalination then GDP would go up. Liabilities may or may not influence GDP.

      • talknic on January 10, 2017, 8:29 pm

        Jon66 January 10, 2017, 3:35 pm

        Total minus non-Israeli resources that contributed to the total
        minus additional un-accounted for compensation for having illegally used those resources
        minus additional un-accounted for costs of withdrawal incl resettlement and rehousing hundreds of thousands of disaffected, disillusioned and very very angry ripped off by their government Israeli citizens

        Israel simply cannot afford to adhere to the law. It would have the distinct possibility of being sent bankrupt
        as it descends into civil war, Israelis against Zionist dominated Israeli Government
        likely fought predominantly in non-Israeli territories currently held under Occupation
        where by the International Community and neighbouring Arab States again, would have every reason to invade Palestine in an attempt to protect the legitimate inhabitants from Israeli aggression

        It is Israel must plea bargain itself out of the sh*te hole successive Israeli Governments have created

      • Maghlawatan on January 11, 2017, 2:11 am

        Take the Gaza settlers as a guide. They had a super standard of living in Gaza. Now they live in poverty. Chronic diseases are beginning to emerge.
        Settlers are around 10% of the Jewish population. Israel doesn’t have the money to build them houses in Sharon.
        Israel is lashed to the status quo because it cannot afford the alternatives.

  4. annie on January 10, 2017, 2:22 pm

    The UN vote, Makovsky said, is “forcing them to want to force Trump …”

    ah, they are forced to force! makovsky seems to think israelis have no free will. it’s as if there wasn’t already a strong coalition agitating for annexation of the west bank and escalation of settlement construction all along! it’s as if the UN resolution wasn’t a reaction to israel’s aggressive settlement construction. it’s as if…. it all just sprung forth after the resolution and that strong coalition was all of a sudden FORCED to pressure for what they’ve wanted all along. it’s as if they are using the very pushback against their actions to justify those actions, and we’re not supposed to notice? the message here being — don’t push back/resist or we’ll rape you even harder. how impressive!

    ok, that is as far as i got, i will read the rest of the article now. just couldn’t help noticing….

    • oldgeezer on January 10, 2017, 4:10 pm

      The lack of free will (which is merely a subset of perpetual victimhood) is a constant in the zionist narrative.

      Depicting Israelis as lacking free will is a form of racism of course.

      • Maghlawatan on January 10, 2017, 4:50 pm

        They just lack education

  5. Citizen on January 10, 2017, 2:55 pm


  6. Maghlawatan on January 10, 2017, 5:15 pm

    Israel has nothing to offer the Palestinians. I think this is due to historic Jewish powerlessness. Jewish political leadership is not real world. It’s too naive. Because there is no backstory. There are so many clues in the Torah but they are all ignored.

    And Israel is not ready for the collapse of Gaza. Israel, the besieger.

    Mark pants on fire Regev is now UK ambassador . Here he explains the siege

  7. Maghlawatan on January 10, 2017, 5:24 pm

    I think the warning is very insightful. Israel thinks the occupation is forever.

  8. Kay24 on January 11, 2017, 3:40 am

    To those who voted for a “change” and wanting to make American great again, hope they notice that Obama is leaving a scandal free White House and Trump is not even in there yet, and there seems to be a HUGE controversy and scandal by courtesy of his buddies in the Kremlin.
    Sad that many people can be overcome with hate, that they have impaired judgement.

    • RoHa on January 11, 2017, 8:35 am

      Which people are overcome with hate, and have impaired judgement?

    • Pixel on January 11, 2017, 5:08 pm

      Three points.

      1. A real game-changer: On 12/29/12, Obama signed HR 4310 (2013 National Defense Authorization Act. Section 1078 authorizes the use of propaganda inside the US, which had previously been banned since 1948 when the Smith-Mundt Act was passed.

      2. In re: Obama’s “scandal free” White House. In my opinion, the list is so extensive that I don’t think we will ever know the true extent of the corruption.

      This following series of updates via white hats in the FBI/CIA keeps getting scrubbed from YouTube. Currently, it can be viewed only starting here: “Day 60 – Where is Eric Braverman?”

      Within 3 minutes, you’ll understand why it keeps getting scrubbed

      • Mooser on January 11, 2017, 6:05 pm

        “2. In re: Obama’s “scandal free” White House. In my opinion, the list is so extensive that I don’t think we will ever know the true extent of the corruption”

        Oh you needn’t go that far. Just the name of the worst two or three scandals will gave us the idea, and bring the rest flooding back to our memory.

      • Kay24 on January 11, 2017, 9:23 pm

        Any major investigations? You bet if there were any which makes this first black President look bad, the opposition would have investigated it and embarrassed him without hesitation.

      • echinococcus on January 12, 2017, 12:31 am

        Yes, Mooser. When a guy gets a very lofty Nobel prize instead of being hanged in Nuremberg as promised by Justice Jackson, it means he’s squeaky clean, in conformity with international law and a role model for all. After all, as you say, if you aren’t caught how can you get convicted?

      • Mooser on January 12, 2017, 7:02 pm

        “When a guy gets a very lofty Nobel prize instead of being hanged in Nuremberg as promised by Justice Jackson,”

        This one goes to eleven! For that extra push over the cliff.

    • Kay24 on January 12, 2017, 7:48 pm

      By the end of the first year of the Drumpf presidency, people will realize the difference in where the country is today, and the situation the country will be then, and Obama will suddenly look like a grownup and be far more appreciated than he is today. I have been disappointed in some of Obama’s policies, but Drumpf will make his Presidency look like the saner days.

    • oldgeezer on January 12, 2017, 11:06 pm


      I hoped for much more from Obama do for me his tenure was a huge disappointment.

      I think he has a lot to answer for. Especially his kill lists. I can grasp the concept that states kill foreign nationals without due process but we are brought up to believe that our gov will give us due process. Obama continued to expose the lie in that belief.

      That said, yez, I do believe that Obama will stand out as a positive exception to both Bush and Trump.

      For alk the farce inherent in GW being prez, trump has already takwn it to new heights.

      The US doesn’t get the respect it used to receive but that is because it doesn’t deserve it. Elections and leadership in the US are more farcical than the comedy network.

  9. on January 11, 2017, 10:59 am

    Kerry: “That’s only the public recording, because I was in the habit of picking up the phone and calling him at home or calling him here and there and just getting him eating. I’ve talked to him in those public transactions more than 130 hours. My wife accused me of having talked to him more than I’ve talked to her in these four years.”

    That this is something that Kerry feels he has to brag about publicly, rather than do everything he can to keep from the American people, tells you all you need to know about the power structure in the United States.

    Very similar to when US vetoed a SC Resolution (2011) condemning Israel that GERMANY voted for — not one US columnist thought to write a column saying …. Hasn’t this all gone a bit too far??

  10. Ossinev on January 11, 2017, 1:03 pm

    Seeing and listening to Regurgitev as above always makes me think that Zioland nust have per capita the highest concentration of compulsive liars of any state on the planet. If anyone has any doubts about the parallel universe in which Ziofreaks live just listen to him. Not answering questions and never never never admitting to any guilt or potential crime committed by the Israeli Government or its unbelievably moral armed forces. Following his usual Hasbara routine.,its all about taking allegations seriously (bollocks) investigating allegations (total bollocks) Goebbels would have been proud to have him as an apprentice and hopefully now that he is Israel`s Ambassador to the UK he will be avoided and shunned as an denier and enabler of war crimes.

    Decent Australians are hopefully also glad that they have rid themselves of this odious weasel.

    • Maghlawatan on January 11, 2017, 3:36 pm

      He is a scrounger, a parasite, a pervert, a worm…as well as a liar, a humbug, a hypocrite , a vagabond and a loathsome spotted reptile

  11. gingershot on January 11, 2017, 4:42 pm

    RECAP – how sweet it is!

    In the last few days we have seen:

    The ‘Palestine Annexation Law-Woodchipper’ known as UN SCR 2234 has worked it’s magic and the future has been transformed – Netanyahu and Lieberman both basically publically saying it’s SHELVED FOREVER – they have been humbled before the G*ds, apparently

    Woodchipper Victory tally:

    1- Bibi massively Red Lined publically – with UN SCR 2334 and more – and SEEN as Red Lined
    2- Bibi Toppled (on the way out, bribes, involuntary narcissitic rage and meltdown, etc)
    3- Bibi’s 2nd Putsch on USA overthrown – once it’s leader was toppled it fizzled/is fizzling
    4- Dismantling Israeli Apartheid on the table post Bibi – Diskin needs the UN Ch 7 upgrade to UN SCR 2334 to dismantle the Apartheid and keep order from the messianics, etc
    5- Attention now turning to the Kahanist Israel Lobby incompetently being led by Trump – the transformative windfall or meta-strategic reason for taking down the Apartheid half of the tag team, the Neocons and the REST of the Israel Lobby/Jewish Lobby. It’s the Successful 2nd American Revolution

    One Big Bag-Taking down ALL the Kahanists

    Going straight to 1P1V1S – giving the vote to everyone in the one state including the FOB 5 million Palestinians. Easy to understand, 1P1V1S One State replacing Apartheid One State.
    1P1V1S Solution looking sweeter and sweeter – there’s 10 million Palestinians and 6 Million Jews between the Shining River and Shining Sea – full rights and responsibilities for all

    Obama is like Nicoloas Cage in Raising Arizona – he’s already pulled the pin on the Bibi Biker from H*ll – Bibi is a done deal at this point, so is the Apartheid. It’s signed sealed and delivered – Sorry Mr Smalls!

    Now on to the Clown in Waiting…

    Lots of Blinking going on – and not once by Obama

    Obama already has it won, once Bibi was going down it was a day of victory for Obama. Without Bibi there is no Bibi’s 2nd Putsch (Congress being directed by the Lobby and Bibi, like they tried with Bibi’s 1st Putsch over the Iran deal)

    Bibi blinked on Bibi’s 2nd Putsch against the US, cuz he’s being toppled (and disgraced)

    Bibi blinked on the Palestine Annexation Law and was forced to make a pro-US statement after his ‘involuntary narcissistic rage’ episode (clinical, add that to his hostile staredown of the UN – good thing this guy is being forced down now due to the bribery/etc otherwise he would have to be removed for medicial/psychiatric instability

    Trump blinked on the move on the embassy, and has to watch his buddy Bibi get toppled and the Apartheid collapse

    Obama looking very very good at this point… fully within his zone

  12. gingershot on January 11, 2017, 5:04 pm

    The ‘Civil War between the Jews’ would basically be dozens of Amona evacuations…

    1P1V1S avoids ‘Civil War between the Jews’ of attempting to extract the ‘fanatic subset’ of Settlers. The Civil War would basically be dozens of Amonas

    There is a confluence of military strategies now –

    Diskin/CIS will need UN Ch 7 support whether the final outcome will be 2 State (which it won’t ) or 1P1V1S

    Uri Avnery – a long/last promoter of Two States – has an interesting article regarding dealing with what he calls ‘Group 3’ of the Settlers, the Fanactics, the Messianic Settlers
    He admits it’s going to take force

    Where is that force going to come from for the 2SS (Avnery) or 1P1V1S? – it’s gonna come from Diskin/CIS with UN Ch 7 support, that’s where

    This is a confluence of strategies

    Avnery describes (as did Barak, others) ‘Civil War between the Jews’ – the ‘Messy Two State’ with dozens of Amona Evacuations (like the one coming Feb).

    Diskin/CIS will probably keep the Settlements INTACT and protected/guarded so there is no Pricetagging attempts, etc as it everything move to the 1P1V1S

    One State, everyone voting, all 5 million Diaspora Refugees returned. A great beginning. Any Israeli effort directed at Palestinian reparations, etc rather than at threatening Iran, further Clean Break Adventures, etc

  13. xanadou on January 11, 2017, 6:49 pm

    “(Makovsky) asserted that Israel’s economy is so strong that its GDP (presumably GDP per capita) “is about to surpass France. Believe it or not, it’s two years out from surpassing France. It is about halfway through of the top 24 OECD countries, the more advanced industrial states.” And remember: this is the country to which the U.S. sends more than half of its aid to the entire world.”

    The last sentence aside, the above has to be the most megalomaniacally desperate lie ever told. To even have to make such a statement suggests the exact opposite is likely true.

    And wherefrom is all this GDP wealth derived? We know about the desperate need for, and dependence on, US’s “aid” handout, whose linguistic definition states that “aid” is given where there is a dire need to forestall or tackle a disaster of catastrophic proportions.

    Israel does not have the manufacturing might which is the accepted primary economic generator of national income in the real world. Nor does israel rank anywhere near the most powerful financial giants and has no hope to ever become one. Its long history of outrageous lies and even more despicable theft and duplicitous deeds would backfire with a vengeance at any attempt.

    The military hardware? I don’t think so. The US and Russia are the real military manufacturing giants. Who HAS to buy from israel? Very likely those with pols with even more scandalous secret dirt than the yahoo and his cronies. Buying an expensive piece of hardware entails contracting long term for spare parts and repairs that are infinitely more expensive than the original purchase whose most important part likely comprises the obsolescence factor. The original hardware is sold near at-cost price to entice the buyers’ commitment, but profit is made with long-term contractual continued usability (e.g., supply of ammunition) and maintenance, which assumes the manufacturer’s economic stability and longevity for reliable and timely supplies. Israel cannot guarantee either. Most of its manufacturing is likely produced in third world countries which are one general strike, one violent act away from production disaster and israel has not the means to stop it.

    Counting the stolen Palestinian taxes, real estate, labour and exports — likely inflate the GDP, promptly offset by the price paid for buying the world’s pols, media, foreign-based 5th columns and the diaspora’s lies and good will, while the home-based settlers are devolving into the most expensive millstone ever. The settlers know that their presence is the only determinant of israel’s survival into the next day, as the exodus of sane israelis grows unimpeded.

    So the real question is, for how much is israel in hock to the world? The number must be really horrendous which may be forcing the world’s economies to keep paying ever more ever longer, rather than pull the plug. And when that plug finally pops…

    Whatever the real GDP, it barely survives from one day to the next. The world has recently expressed its contempt for the most odious “state” and its economy drowning in the Palestinians’ blood. Vis a vis the endless and expensive violence, all it will take is one concerted effort, or an accidental spark, that will challenge the israeli lame military and the GDP will be exposed for the lie that it really is. The price for the collapse this will cause is too frightening to even contemplate.

    When the zios were contemplating their “israeli” shangri-la, they clearly either had no concept what running a sovereign state entails or counted on blackmail, lies and violence to last forever. Ask an israeli what is it like to live from day to day in their shangri-la with not a shred of security. Ever. Their corrupt pols’ b/s notwithstanding.

    (Airport announcement) “The next elal aircraft for ex-israelis-only out of israel to (city of one’s choice) will be leaving shortly. Goodbye, good luck and don’t ever come back”.

  14. W.Jones on January 11, 2017, 7:34 pm

    You bring out the money quotes, Phil.
    You are relentless too.
    God bless.

  15. shaun patrick on January 11, 2017, 7:35 pm

    The fact that Makovsky was on Kerry’s negotiating team at all shows that Kerry was the wrong person to negotiate and from the beginning stacked his team in Israel’s favor making any pressure on Israel impossible. Solving the occupation is not complicated and is not the Gordian knot its made out to be it’s just that Kerry, Makovsky and every other American politician/ Israel supporter over the last fifty years never wanted to make Israel honor its UN and other agreements it made with the Palestinians, period !! Over the years these people all fully aided and abetted the tragedy we now see resulting in Israel the country acting as a petulant child. Israel has lost it moral compass and integrity; a tragic repeat of 1930’s Germany. Unfortunately Israel will come to understand the truism that “if the Gods want to ruin a man they will give him everything he asks for” and this did not have to be the outcome

  16. Maghlawatan on January 12, 2017, 8:33 am

    The Trump presidency will be a wild ride. The guy is unstable.

  17. Curatica on January 12, 2017, 4:09 pm

    Not only ‘the Israel-Palestine conflict could “explode”’; this boorish, idiotic villain will set the entire world ablaze; this is the beginning of the end.

    The Jews bathing in the sun of the Jaffa beaches don’t realize that they are part of this same world, and will end up in the same tar pit like the entire humankind; only perhaps closer to the bottom.

  18. Balfour on January 13, 2017, 6:19 am

    “[If the U.S. relocates its Israeli Embassy] Arabs across the region may well hear: ‘America has decided Jerusalem belongs to the Jews.’ The result could be violence against American embassies across the region.”

    -And if American embassies are attacked because of this decision there will be one group of Americans notably absent in the military ranks waiting to defend our countries property and interests: out of an active duty U.S. Military of 1.3 million men and women fewer than 4,800 men and women self-identify as Jewish.

    This is out of an American population of 311 million people, of which 6 million self identify as Jewish.

    In contrast, 1 of every 20 members of the US House of Representatives is Jewish
    and 1 of every 8 members of the US Senate is Jewish.

    If violence does break out over this action does anyone think Americans aren’t going to notice this indiscrepancy?

    Now more than ever it is important for my American Jewish family to join others and publicly challenge our self appointed leaders who narrowly define a collective identity and who unfairly jeopardize my American Jewish security in the name of a foreign, politicized ethnic identity.

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