Category Archives: Israel

Friedman Visits and Vouches for Israel

by James M. Wall   Church of the Holy Sepulchre Jerusalem Lithograph by Louis Haghe from an original by David Roberts.     When New York Times’ columnist Thomas Friedman travels to the Middle East, he brings with him a … Continue reading

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The Slap That Should Be “Heard Round the World”

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Trump Speech “Irresponsible and Reckless”

Stephen Zunes is a professor of politics and coordinator of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of San Francisco.

Trump’s announcement is actually the culmination of years of pressure by a large bipartisan majority of Congress and leaders of both political parties towards the White House. It represents the fulfillment of the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995, which mandates that the United States move its embassy to Jerusalem, though the bill allows a president to waive that requirement every six months if deemed in the national interest.

In the Senate, the bill was cosponsored by such prominent Senate Democrats as Joe Biden and John Kerry and only one Democrat (the late Robert Byrd) voted no. On the House side, just thirty out of 204 Democrats voted no, along with the independent then-Congressman Bernie Sanders.

Since then, every President has taken advantage of the waiver to prevent such a provocative move, despite continued bipartisan pressure from Congress. As recently as this past June, just days after Trump issued his first waiver of the requirement, the Senate voted 90-0 in favor of a resolution re-affirming the 1995 law and calling on President Trump “to abide by its provisions.” Co-sponsors included such leading Democrats as minority leader Chuck Schumer and Ben Cardin, ranking Democrat on the Foreign Affairs Committee, as well as Tammy Baldwin, Kirsten Gillibrand, Cory Booker, and Ron Wyden.

Schumer has openly encouraged Trump to move the embassy and previously criticized his “indecisiveness” on the issue.

Support by Congressional Democrats and party leaders for moving the embassy is not due to demand from their constituents. A recent poll shows that 81 percent of Democrats oppose moving the embassy while only 15 percent approve.
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U.S. Bill Would Target Israeli Military Child Abuse

by James M. Wall In this, the first week of the second month of my 90th year of life, I take computer in hand. I am committed to reflect, search for words, and begin a new blog post. When I … Continue reading

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Remembering Paul Findley and Yasser Arafat

by James M. Wall On the day Yasser Arafat died, November 9, 2004, former Illinois Republican Congressman Paul Findley wrote an article to describe the relationship he had with the Palestinian leader. Paul Findley knew then, and he knows now, that … Continue reading

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Lord Balfour’s Letter Was 1917’s “Fake News”

by James M. Wall Thursday, November 2, will be the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration. To commemorate that event, the current British Prime Minister Teresa May, will attend a London dinner party at the home of Lord Rothschild, heir … Continue reading

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Two Palestinian Schoolmates Seek Unity in Cairo

by James M. Wall A power-sharing Gaza leadership agreement involving two Palestinian childhood friends, Yahya Sinwar (left) and Mohammed Dahlan (right, below) may be “slowly taking shape”. What led to the reunion of Sinwar and Dahlan is an intriguing story that involves … Continue reading

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Who to Believe, Your Lying Eyes or the Truth?

by James M. Wall Bibi Netanyahu and Donald Trump have one thing in common: They both have as much credibility as the man who killed his parents and then begged the judge for mercy because he was an orphan. Why … Continue reading

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Wolves in the Gaza Chicken House

by James M. Wall Have you seen the Hollywood film that flashes back to February, 2006, when Palestinians elected a Hamas party parliamentary majority. I didn’t think so, because there is no such film available. An honest film on Palestine’s current … Continue reading

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Land of Opportunity for Testing Weapo

by James M. Wall Fifty years after the June 5-10, 1967, Six Day War, Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian people offers a business opportunity for some, and massive oppression for others. We will begin with the business opportunity, as it … Continue reading

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