Israel right or wrong bad US policy

Israel right or wrong bad US policy:  The majority of nations in the UN passed a resolution condemning Israel’s “shameful” expanding settlement policy. The US decided not to veto the move, a rare step that angered Israeli far right, who immediately accused Obama of (anti-Israeli lebensraum) abandoning its closest Middle East ally in the waning days of his administration, an obvious falsehood since the US provides more than $3 billion each year to Israel, (Soon to rise to $3.8 billion per year) the biggest pledge of US military aid in history. The worldwide condemnation of Israeli expansionism was passed with support from all remaining members of the 15-member council, applause breaking out in the chamber, despite Israel lobbying and Trump tweets. The Obama administration has grown increasingly frustrated with the one-sided settlement building in the West Bank, which Israel has occupied for nearly 50 years. Public opinion polls over the past few years consistently show the vast majority of Americans favor a non-expansion Israeli settlement policy, a 2-state solution, and increasing disappointment with Netanyahu extremism. Republican complaints that the US abstention will harden right wing Israelis were met with comments that the Israeli right wing is already atrophied in support of Israeli lebensraum. Trump’s private real estate funding of the far right in Israel to settle more Palestinian land is coming from a US base run by Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner (LA Times). US policy is opposed to Israeli settlements as “harmful to peace in the Middle East.” David Friedman, Trump’s long-time real estate lawyer was named ambassador to Israel. The donations are seen as a tribute to further Friedman’s settlement support policies. Funding is coming in small amounts of $5,000 here and $10,000 there, according to the IRS, so as to appear as from individuals. But Kushner represents Trump’s real estate investments and the funding will show a profit through government policies. Are we watching the same tactics used by Vice President Cheney in selling the invasion of Iraq where he made millions through his connections with Halliburton in war contracts? Nobody went to jail over Iraq War fraud, but Trump may make Cheney’s profiteering look like a piker compared to the Trump’s third-world private profit machine. Of course Trump supporters who think it was smart of Trump to cheat on his taxes may have no concerns about Trump profiting from the Presidency. Note: Trump changed his tune in early February, 2017 telling Netanyahu: “Israeli settlements are hurting the Peace Process.”  Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.

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