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Israel Creates A New Political Normal

by James M. Wall Adam Shatz, writing in the London Review of Books, described Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s legislative victory on April 9, as a “tribute” to his “transformation of the political landscape”. He wrote: At no point were [the … Continue reading

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Updated: “I Once Was Blind. . . But Now I See”

The recent death of Albert Finney brings attention to his many appearances in film and television and on stage. Finney was 82 when he died February 7, 2019. One of his more memorable films was Amazing Grace. The Wall Writings … Continue reading

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Israel’s Uri Avnery Dies Too Soon at 94

by James M. Wall Uri Avnery died at age 94 on August 20, 2018, two weeks after a stroke sent him to a Tel Aviv hospital.  He died too soon. Israel, Palestine, and the world, still need his passionate voice … Continue reading

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Judge Kavanaugh Was Certified by Leonard Leo

by James M. Wall When the name of Judge Brett Kavanaugh was presented to the nation as President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court Monday night, Trump was in a role he honed during his reality television years. He was … Continue reading

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“Surely Goodness and Mercy Shall Follow Me”

by James M. Wall Paddington 2 is just the right film to share this Mother’s Day. To understand why, reflect back to the original 2015 Paddington film, a creative tale drawn from a British literary series.  In the series and … Continue reading

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Syria Bombing Designed to Distract

by James M. Wall After the Syria Bombing, did you have that pit-of-the-stomach feeling that you had been deceived about a military strike? I offer here a suggestion to clarify that feeling. It will not cure it, but clarity does … Continue reading

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U.S. Politicos Embrace Israel’s Big Lie, “Oy Vey”

by James M. Wall Lying to gain and keep power, is now officially the Order of the Day. The American voting public approved lying as an established form of governing, when it elevated an established liar as President in 2016. … Continue reading

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That UN Vote: “How are the mighty fallen”

Thirty-five nations abstained, and 21 countries did not cast a vote. The eight countries voting with the United States were Israel, Guatemala, Honduras, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau and Togo. Continue reading

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The President Who Stole Christmas

James M. Wall writes: Below is an email from a close friend, Laurie Salameh. She lives in Jerusalem with her  husband Estephan, and their three children. I asked Laurie for permission to share her email, which she had circulated to friends. She … Continue reading

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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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