On Monday, Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner and other leading lights of the Trumpist right gathered in Israel to celebrate the relocation of the American Embassy to Jerusalem, a gesture widely seen as a slap in the face to Palestinians who envision East Jerusalem as their future capital. The event was grotesque… – Michelle Goldberg [New York Times]
IT IS difficult to absorb the recurring drama of the unavoidable.
President Trump’s actions inciting mayhem, void of any solutions. Governance by proclamation.
“What we’re seeing is that Israel has used, yet again, excessive and lethal force against protesters who do not pose an imminent threat,” Magdalena Mughrabi, Amnesty International’s deputy director for the Middle East and North Africa, told me by phone from Jerusalem.
Every president before Trump tread lightly, and let Israel carry the big stick.
The current Administration is deaf. Sees one side. A strategy that will doom our friends on the other.
The split screens of a grinning Ivanka Trump photo on one side, protesters and confrontation shown on the other photo signify an oblivious White House.
Kushner and Ivanka’s presence and public roles at this Jerusalem embassy opening are outlandish. They are Assistants to the President. They have no business and no rank to be speaking for the country at a geopolitical flash point. We don’t have Princes and princesses in America
— Steve Schmidt (@SteveSchmidtSES) May 15, 2018
The Palestinians equate to Middle Eastern Mexicans to Trump.
So many years watching this insanity between Israel and the Palestinians, studying it, listening to experts in Washington, D.C., think tanks. I never considered an American president might blithely light a match to see what would remain after the embers died.
For a weak president facing a sprawling federal investigation, and a bitch of a midterm, foreign policy can be political gold to mine.
Deaths in Gaza result of utter disregard of Messers Trump & Netanyahu for Palestinian rights & homeland. By moving Embassy to Jerusalem, Trump played politics, destroyed US peacemaker role. New generation of Israelis/Palestinians need to isolate extremists to find path to peace.
— John O. Brennan (@JohnBrennan) May 14, 2018
Jeffress and Hagee are both religious bigots, in fact theocratic nut jobs is the more apt description. Falwell jr, Franklin Graham et al….use religion to taste, for them, the sweet nectar of political power. They are in business…not for Christianity but money and power. https://t.co/YUBCzpOyUZ
— Steve Schmidt (@SteveSchmidtSES) May 14, 2018