Category Archives: Middle East Politics

Trump Speech “Irresponsible and Reckless”

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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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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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Israel Lobbies Shaping Illinois Governor’s Race

next to last paragraph: “crammed full with Israeli bone fides.” — not sure, but shouldn’t that be bona fides?

Brilliant to compare Israeli election meddling with Russian meddling.
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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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Trump Deletes Arafat From Accord Signing

by James M. Wall It is a well-known fact of history that to the victor belongs the spoils. And one of those spoils is the ability to reshape history. Donald Trump has won the presidency. He is now busy reshaping history. On Wednesday, … Continue reading

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“Salt and Water” As a German Leader is Rejected

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Trump to Bibi and Abbas: “I’m With You Fellers”

by James M. Wall On Wednesday, President Donald Trump approached the waning days of his first month in office with what he hoped would be a significant foreign policy event, his first White House meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. … Continue reading

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White House Islamophobia Dictates Trump Policy

we’ve never witnessed a political aide move as brazenly to consolidate power as Stephen Bannon — nor have we seen one do quite so much damage so quickly to his putative boss’s popular standing or pretenses of competence. Continue reading

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Trump: Stay Strong Israel; 1/20 Coming Fast

by James M. Wall As soon as the Congress arrived back to do the nation’s business on January 5, it bowed to Tel Aviv. Politico reports that “the House voted overwhelmingly [342 to 80] to rebuke the United Nations for passing a resolution that … Continue reading

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