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Turns Out Jared’s Middle East ‘Peace Plan’ Was All About Greed – Now The Region Is On Fire

Back in September of last year, just a couple of months before the 2020 election, then-President Donald Trump bragged that he’d done the impossible: He’d created peace in the Middle East by facilitating a deal between Israel, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates. He patted himself on the back and even gave some of the credit to his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who had reportedly been a major factor in the deal.

Of course, the peace deal was little more than words on paper because it didn’t include the Palestinians, who were (and still are) demanding statehood, which truly would be a deal to celebrate.

Eight months after the so-called Abraham Accords, the Middle East is in flames yet again as the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians flares up yet again and threatens to expand into a wider conflict.

What happened? Well, the simple way of putting it is that Jared made a deal premised on greed, wishful thinking, and the belief that his father-in-law would get a second term in office.

David A. Andelman notes in an op-ed he wrote for CNN, that the fragile idea of peace in the region is more threatened now than it has been in decades:

“The plan, in what has become known as Jared Kushner’s Vision for Peace — a tribute to the efforts by the former President’s son-in-law — spelled out in a detailed map for Israel to halt expansion of any new settlement activity on a large swath of the West Bank without American consent, which Kushner affirmed would not be given ‘for some time.'”

Translation: They kicked the can down the road. Israel agreed to stop building settlements, but not for “some time.” It was a deal, but not really.

Instead of actual peace, Bahrain, and the UAE inked deals to buy more military hardware from U.S. defense contractors and in exchange the White House would look the other way as Israel did whatever it damn well wanted.

Also, it should be noted that Israel, Bahrain, and the UAE weren’t at war when the “peace” pact was signed, so what exactly was the point? It was little more than political theater, meant to bolster Trump as polls showed Americans thought he had badly mishandled the COVID pandemic.

Where does the fake Trump-Kushner “peace” leave us? Quite simply, screwed. And if Israeli forces launch a ground invasion of Gaza in order to destroy Hamas, there’s a very real chance there can never be peace among Israel and its Arab neighbors.

With social media being such an essential part of the modern world (including in the Middle East), it’s only fitting that Twitter is alight with mockery and anger aimed directly at Jared, a man who has never accomplished a damn thing in his life, just like his father-in-law:

The Middle East is in complete chaos, and Jared Kushner is partially to blame. Is this asshole good at anything other than kissing ass and marrying a woman whose father became president?

 

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Nutbag Preacher John Hagee: God Will Destroy America

It might be a good idea to go ahead and get your affairs in order, because Pastor John Hagee is predicting that God will soon destroy the United States.

During his daily show, “Hagee Hotline,” the loopy minister of doom declared that because President Obama will not meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when he comes to speak to Congress on March, God will destroy America. Hagee did not mention the fact that Netanyahu’s impending visit was not first cleared with the White House and has been arranged by Speaker of the House John Boehner in an attempt to pressure the President to stop nuclear negotiations with Iran. Hey, no need for facts to stand in the way of a good Apocalypse story.

Nations that are “anti-Semitic” have always come to ruin, Hagee asserted, and added:

“I am a student of world history, and you can wrap up world history in 25 words or less and here it is: the nations that blessed Israel prospered and the nations that cursed Israel were destroyed by the hand of God.”

Hmm… I guess those billion of dollars in foreign aid we send to Israel on a yearly basis — and Israel is the single largest recipient of U.S. foreign aid — aren’t considered “blessings.” If someone gave me a couple of billion clams a year, I sure as hell would feel blessed.

But Hagee wasn’t quite finished with his paranoid rant, concluding:

“[God] is watching what America does as it responds to Israel. If America turns its back on Israel, God will turn his back on America. And that’s a fact. It’s proven by history.”

If  you’re in need of a good laugh today or just feel the desire for some good old hellfire and brimstone to get you going, watch this video of Hagee and no doubt you’ll be shaking your head at the end of it.

 

 

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Biden, Dems May Not Show For Netanyahu Speech

When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to a joint session of Congress in March, there’s a very good chance the House chamber may have some empty seats.

Vice President Joe Biden is refusing to commit as to whether or not he will attend the Israeli Prime Minister’s March 3 speech to a joint session of Congress. Dozens of House Democrats are also privately signaling that they may refuse to attend the address.

Controversy began last month when House Speaker John Boehner and the GOP leadership extended the invitation to Netanyahu. The visit was not cleared by the White House in advance, as is the usual protocol. It is widely believed that the Israeli PM will focus on lobbying members of Congress to oppose the Obama Administration’s high-level talks over the freezing and dismantling of Iran’s budding nuclear weapons program, which Israel says is an existential threat to the Jewish state.

President Obama will not meet with Netanyahu while the prime minister is in Washington, but the Administration says that is out of concern that such a meeting might send the wrong signals so close to an election in Israel. President Obama told CNN:

“I’m declining to meet with him simply because our general policy is, we don’t meet with any world leader two weeks before their election, I think that’s inappropriate, and that’s true with some of our closest allies.”

Israel has attempted to tamp down any talk of Netanyahu’s visit being in any way coordinated with the House GOP or its leadership. An official said earlier this week:

“We appreciate the great bipartisan support for Israel in Congress and hope that members of Congress will be willing to listen to the prime minister on an issue that threatens America’s national security and Israel’s very survival.”

No matter what the reasons for or the repercussions of Netanyahu’s speech may be, it seems likely he will not be speaking to a full house when he looks out on the House chamber.

This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org