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South Africa: Thousands March in Pretoria to Demand Full Resumption of Ties With Israel

July 28, 2018

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It is remarkable that so many people turned out for this despite the raging antisemitism of the African National Congress. Pro-jihad former South African President (and polygamist and accused rapist) Jacob Zuma had downgraded  South Africa’s embassy in Israel to “Liaison Office” status. Along with Mahmoud Abbas, they have tried to stop Israel from achieving further diplomatic relations with African countries.

“Thousands Rally in South Africa’s Capital to Demand Full Resumption of Ties With Israel,” by Ben Cohen, Algemeiner, July 26, 2018:

Thousands of South African supporters of Israel marched through the streets of Pretoria, the capital, on Wednesday, demanding the reinstatement of South Africa’s envoy to Israel, along with an end to the efforts of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) to further downgrade diplomatic ties with the Jewish state.

Rallying on Wednesday outside Union Buildings — the seat of the South African government — the predominantly Christian marchers, totaling around 5,000 in number, carried placards reading “SA Bless Israel” and “No Cutting Ties With Israel.” South Africa’s ambassador in Tel Aviv, Sisa Ngombane, was recalled to Pretoria on May 14 as a gesture of solidarity with the violent Palestinian demonstrations on the Israel-Gaza border.

Political party leaders at the rally included Mosiuoa Lekota of the Congress of the People (COPE) and Rev. Kenneth Meshoe of the African Democratic Christian Party (ADCP), South African news outlet IOL reported. A petition with 41,000 signatures urging the restoration of ties with Israel was presented to the South African presidency’s office.

Rev. Meshoe told the crowd that the ANC’s forthcoming bid in 2019 for the votes of South Africa’s professed Christians — more than 80 percent of the country’s population of 56 million — might be rebuffed if its political and diplomatic campaign against Israel continues.

At its special conference in December 2017 where members of Hamas were honored, the ANC voted to downgrade South Africa’s embassy in Israel to a “Liaison Office.” Over the last six months, the ruling party has stepped up its anti-Israel rhetoric amid the unrest on the Gaza border, further raising the profile of the country’s vocal boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement.

“The people that are here, the majority of them are Christians who are saying to the ANC, ‘If you don’t listen to these thousands who are here to represent millions of Christians in South Africa, who are saying do not downgrade the Israeli embassy, then next year Hamas, which influences you, won’t be there to vote for you,’” Rev. Meshoe declared.

He added that anyone who advocated cutting ties with Israel was “undermining our faith.”

“Every year, you get thousands of Christians who go on a pilgrimage to Israel and we don’t want that to be undermined by people who are expecting votes from the Christians,” Meshoe said.

In his address, COPE leader Mosiuoa Lekota emphasized that the sympathy among South Africans for the plight of the Palestinians was being exploited by activists opposed to Israel. “We cannot support or accept that some of the young people and some of the people who support Palestine now use our country as a platform to attack Israel,” Lekota said.

About The blind left and the results .

July 28, 2018

Of Topic but it is still important and give an in look into the mentality of our governments .

And indirect by looking away we adding the agricultural developments in Russia .

“We Fear For Our Lives”: First 50 White South African Families Start Resettlement In Russia

Just weeks after we reported that white South African farmers, facing racial genocide, had begun seeking refuge – from the violent attacks and death threats of their own government’s policies – in friendly foreign nations such as Australia, RT reportsthe first 50 families of Boers, descendants of Dutch settlers in South Africa, could soon be moving to Russia to escape rising violence against farmers.

As a reminder, back in February, after literally years of scandal, abuse, and incompetence, South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma was finally forced to resign last week, and new President, Cyril Ramaphosa, was supposed to represent a positive, new chapter for South Africa.

However, as Simon Black wrote at the time, Ramaphosa addressed the nation’s parliament in Cape Town and made clear that his priority is to heal the divisions and injustice of the past, going all the way back to the original European colonists in the 1600s taking land from the indigenous tribes.

Ramaphosa called this “original sin”, and stated that he wants to see “the return of the land to the people from whom it was taken… to heal the divisions of the past.”

How does he plan on doing that?

Confiscation. Specifically– confiscation without compensation.

The expropriation of land without compensation is envisaged as one of the measures that we will use to accelerate redistribution of land to black South Africans.

Ramaphosa minced no words: he’s talking about taking land from white farmers and giving it to black South Africans.

And since then the violence and death threats have only worsened forcing many to want to leave South Africa and become farmers in Russia.

And as RT reports, earlier this month, farmer Adi Schlebusch visited Russia’s farmbelt Stavropol Region.

Schlebusch, whose grandfather was murdered at his farm, told RT that the land in South Africa “was never taken by whites from blacks with violence or in an unjust manner.”

He explained that when Boers moved to South Africa in the 19th century, they tried to act in a way that was fair, to negotiate officially and to avoid conflict, but Ramaphosa’s new government refuses to negotiate.

Rights groups said the initiative incites violence – there were 74 farm murders and 638 attacks, primarily against white farmers, in 2016-17 in South Africa – and while the government doesn’t dispute the figures, officials say farmers are victims of crime like just other citizens of the country gripped by violence and that they are not targeted because they are white.

Schlebusch confirmed to RT that roughly 15,000 Boers are ready to leave their country and begin a new life in Russia.

The reason I’m considering immigration is honestly because I see dark clouds hanging over our future. The reality is that we do fear for our lives. And the reality is that a white farmer is attacked every day in South Africa. My grandfather was murdered on this farm. The government is certainly responsible for creating that climate of antagonism towards white farmers.”

The farmer said he visited Russia with his family to explore the possibilities of resettling in the area. “I know the growth of agricultural production is immense in Russia. So, I think it’s the right time to buy in into agriculture in Russia. And I think there’s a lot of potential.”

Stavropol is ready to settle up to 50 Boer families, according to the region’s Deputy Commissioner for human rights Vladimir Poluboyarenko. A Russian delegation is due to come to South Africa to work out a more detailed resettlement plan with the Boer community.

The story continues

It’s A “Matter Of Life And Death” – White South African Farmers Seek Refuge In Russia

Authored by Mac Slavo via SHTFplan.com,

As the violent attacks and death threats against white farmers in South Africa ramps up, many of those affected are seeking refuge.  A delegation of 30 South African farming families has arrived in Russia’s Stavropol region as the South African government continues to steal their land.

According to RT, up to 15,000 Boers, descendants of Dutch settlers in South Africa, are planning to move to Russia amid rising violence stemming from government plans to expropriate their land, according to the delegation.

White farmers, despite being a minority in South Africa, own 72 percent of the country’s farms. The new South African government recently announced a plan to redistribute land to the black population in the highly racist move. Critics have warned South Africa may repeat the disastrous experiment by the Zimbabwean government in 1999-2000. The measure plunged the country into an intense famine, reported RT. –SHTFPlan

A report by DieselGasOil.com stated that the new South African government led by racist President Cyril Ramaphosa has pledged to return the lands owned by white farmers since the 1600s to the black citizens of the country. The government said it is planning to put an end to what it calls the “legacy of apartheid.” Most of South Africa’s farming land is still in the hands of its minority white population. Human rights groups have said the initiative incites violence. There were 74 farm murders and 638 attacks, primarily against white farmers, in 2016-17 in South Africa, according to data by minority rights group AfriForum.  South Africa will face the real threat of famine in the absence of experienced farmers – regardless of their race.

The farmers have been facing racial genocide in South Africa, and many say moving to Russia has become a “life or death” matter, Rossiya 1 TV channel reported.

 “It’s a matter of life and death — there are attacks on us. It’s got to the point where the politicians are stirring up a wave of violence,” Adi Slebus told the media.

“The climate here [in the Stavropol region] is temperate, and this land is created by God for farming. All this is very attractive.”

The farmers who faced execution and violence in South Africa are ready to make a contribution to Russia’s booming agricultural sector, according to Rossiya 1. Each family is ready to bring up to $100,000 to help them lease the land required to add to Russia’s farming industry.

Russia has around 43 million hectares of unused farmland, reported RT.  The country has recently begun giving out free land to Russian citizens to cultivate farming. The land giveaway program, which began in 2014, has been a huge success.  Increases in food production in Russia will boost the economy as South Africa will face famines as their food production drops in the absence of reliable and experienced farmers.

Iran is much smarter than Trump – The Washington Post

July 28, 2018

Source: Iran is much smarter than Trump – The Washington Post

( I couldn’t make this stuff up.  The MSM has transmogrified into a Dickensian grotesque… – JW )  


President Trump. (Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News)
ColumnistJuly 27 at 5:29 PM

On Monday, the world awoke to a bloodcurdling threat from President Trump to President Hassan Rouhani of Iran: “NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE. WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH. BE CAUTIOUS!”

This vitriol was prompted by a speech in which Rouhani had said: “America should know that peace with Iran is the mother of all peace, and war with Iran is the mother of all wars.” Trump’s reaction seemed disproportionate and reeked, as I noted, of a desperate attempt to distract attention from his subservience to Russia. Speaking on CNN, I said, “If anybody is issuing ‘demented words of violence and death,’ I would say it’s the president of the United States. It’s quite a pass we’ve come to when the leadership of a country like Iran seems more stable and rational than the president of the United States.”

Cue the right-wing outrage machine. Herman Cain (remember him?) tweeted: “So, @CNN thinks people who chant ‘death to America,’ execute gays, charge rape victims with illegal sexual conduct, fund terrorists, imprison journalists, lead the world in child executions, and censor non-islamic media seem ‘more rational’ than Trump.” The right-wing website Twitchy blared in a headline: “ ‘SICK!’ Max Boot stoops to TWISTED low to slam Donald Trump on Iran, Russia.” NewsBusters found my comments “particularly disturbing” and added, “how an American television station could ever find Iran in a morally superior position is bewildering to say the very least.”

I’m sure all of these Trump supporters were equally outraged when the president described Russian dictator Vladimir Putin, who specializes in repression and aggression, as a “fine” person. Or when he called North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, who imprisons 200,000 people in concentration camps, “a very talented” and “very smart” man who “loves his country very much.” Or when he congratulated President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines on “the unbelievable job” he was doing “on the drug problem” by unleashing death squads that have killed thousands of Filipinos.

They weren’t? How hypocritical!

The rule on the right seems to be: Trump can praise dictators as extravagantly as he likes, and it’s brilliant dealmaking. But it’s “SICK!” for anyone to say anything positive about the few regimes that Trump opportunistically criticizes on human-rights grounds: With North Korea having fallen off the list, it’s now down to Iran, Venezuela and Cuba.

Let’s be clear: I was not praising Iran as a moral paragon. Iran is ruled by a criminal clique which represses its own populace, exports terrorism, destabilizes its neighbors, imprisons and murders Americans, and threatens Israel. Yet, sad to say, Iran’s odious rulers appear more “stable and rational” than our erratic would-be autocrat, who launches destructive trade wars (with subsidies for the victims), undermines NATO (the most successful alliance in history) and insults our allies.

Iran has been all too successful in spreading its baleful influence across the Middle East. It dominates a “Shiite crescent” that stretches from Tehran to Beirut. To jump-start its economy, Iran agreed to dismantle most of its nuclear program in return for the lifting of international sanctions. And after the more bellicose Trump came into office, Iran was shrewd enough to curb its harassment of U.S. Navy ships in the Persian Gulf so as not to give him an excuse to attack it or tear up the nuclear deal.

By contrast, Trump’s policy toward Iran is neither stable nor rational. He exited the nuclear deal, which had forced Iran to give up 97 percent of its fissile material, even though Secretary of State Mike Pompeo admitted that Tehran was “in compliance.” Trump reinstated sanctions, which are hurting the Iranian economy and driving up the price of oil, but Iran is succeeding in luring Chinese and Russian investors to make up for the departure of the Europeans and Americans.

Trump seems to have set his heart on regime change even though it’s not clear whether a successor regime would be any friendlier to the United States. He doesn’t seem to realize that, outside of South Africa, there is little precedent for sanctions toppling a regime: Cuba, North Korea and Venezuela have all withstood decades of U.S. isolation.

Meanwhile, belying Trump’s Alice-in-Wonderland claim that “Iran is acting a lot differently,” Tehran still supports proxies that dominate in Iraq, Yemen, Lebanon and Syria. The Iranian-backed Bashar al-Assad regime is violating the “deconfliction zones” that Trump and Putin had agreed on last year while allowing the Iranians to establish military bases to threaten Israel. Far from curbing the Iranian onslaught in Syria, Trump appears eager to pull out U.S. troops and cut a deal with Putin to restrain Iran — something that Moscow has neither the interest nor the ability to do. Trump doesn’t seem to understand that his pro-Russia bias conflicts with his anti-Iran bias, because the two regimes are partners in crime.

In short, the president’s policy toward Iran seems to consist of petulant tweets and wishful thinking. Iran certainly isn’t morally superior to the United States. But it is smarter strategically.

Report: U.S considering military options to keep strait of Hormuz open

July 28, 2018

Source: Report: U.S considering military options to keep strait of Hormuz open – Middle East – Jerusalem Post

Officials claim that any military action would be carried by U.S allies, not the U.S armed forces, with the Saudis being the logical choice.

BY JPOST.COM STAFF, REUTERS
 JULY 28, 2018 11:48
Iranian military personnel participate in war games in an unknown location near the Strait of Hormuz

The US is considering military options should Iran decide to close the strait of Hormuz, a vital shipping route for oil produced in the Middle East, reported Maariv on Saturday.

Located between the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman, it is the only sea passage from the Persian Gulf to the open sea, with roughly one fifth of the petroleum on the planet passing through it.

US Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis said at a July 27 press conference at the Pentagon that ” Iran has threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz,” adding that in the past this lead dozens of nations to “put their naval forces in for exercises,” which lead the Iranians to not follow through on their plan.

Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump is pushing ahead with a bid to create a new security and political alliance with six Gulf Arab states, Egypt and Jordan. This alliance, dubbed “Arab NATO” was suggested by the Saudis last year when Trump visited Saudi Arabia

The administration’s hope is that the effort, tentatively known as the Middle East Strategic Alliance (MESA), might be discussed at a summit provisionally scheduled for Washington on Oct. 12-13, several sources said.

Should the US strike against Iran, Australia and the UK are reported to play a major role in the operation, ABC news reported on July 27.

The aid provided by Australia is expected to be mostly providing intelligence and information as Pine Gap joint defense facility in the Northern Territory is a key site in the operation of US spy satellites.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull denied having any knowledge on an upcoming US military strike or the US leader discussing such notion with him.

US working to set up ‘Arab NATO’ as bulwark against Iran

July 28, 2018

Source: US working to set up ‘Arab NATO’ as bulwark against Iran | The Times of Israel

National Security Council says proposed Middle East Strategic Alliance would ‘bring stability to the Middle East,’ thwart ‘Iranian aggression’

US President Donald Trump, Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, Jordan's King Abdullah II, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi and other officials pose for a group photo during the Arabic Islamic American Summit at the King Abdulaziz Conference Center in Riyadh on May 21, 2017. (AFP/Mandel Ngan)

US President Donald Trump, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, Jordan’s King Abdullah II, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi and other officials pose for a group photo during the Arabic Islamic American Summit at the King Abdulaziz Conference Center in Riyadh on May 21, 2017. (AFP/Mandel Ngan)

The United States is reportedly working to set up an “Arab NATO” security alliance of friendly Middle East states as part of its efforts to thwart Iran’s military expansionism in the region.

The alliance — which would include Egypt, Jordan and the six Gulf Cooperation Council states — is aimed at fostering further military cooperation between the countries, such as on missile defense and counter-terrorism, Reuters reported Friday.

The proposed pact, known as the Middle East Strategic Alliance, would also be aimed at deepening economic and diplomatic ties, US and Arab sources quoted by the news agency said.

“MESA will serve as a bulwark against Iranian aggression, terrorism, extremism, and will bring stability to the Middle East,” a spokesperson for the US National Security Council said.

According to Reuters, the potential alliance may be discussed at a summit in Washington in October, though the NSC spokesperson would not confirm US President Donald Trump will host such a meeting then.

The report said the idea was first brought up by Saudi Arabia ahead of Trump’s visit to Riyadh last year but did not go anywhere.

US President Donald Trump shows a chart highlighting arms sales to Saudi Arabia during a meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Oval Office of the White House, March 20, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

An unnamed Iranian official said the security pact would only further fuel the divide between Iran and US-allied states in the region.

“Under the pretext of securing stability in the Middle East, Americans and their regional allies are fomenting tension in the region,” the official told Reuters.

While the ongoing diplomatic spat between Qatar and its neighbors Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates could be a hindrance to the alliance, an official quoted in the report said the US has received assurances from both Riyadh and Abu Dhabi that it would not be an issue.

An Emirati gunner watches for enemy fire from the rear gate of a United Arab Emirates Chinook military helicopter flying over Yemen. (AP Photo/Adam Schreck, File)

Saudi Arabia and the UAE have adopted a more confrontational approach to Shiite rival Iran in recent years, accusing it of supporting terror groups and fueling turmoil in regional countries.

The two Sunni states head a military coalition in Yemen aimed at toppling the Iran-backed Houthi rebel group and returning the internationally recognized government to power.

Under Trump, the US has adopted a much more hawkish stance toward Tehran than under his predecessor Barack Obama, culminating in his May decision to quit the 2015 deal aimed at curbing Iran’s nuclear program and reimpose punishing sanctions.

Though it was not immediately clear how the military alliance would seek to counter Iran, a CNN report on Friday said the US is weighing military action by its regional allies such as Saudi Arabia to keep open key oil shipping routes in the Middle East amid Iranian threats against the waterways.

The CNN report came just days after Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen attacked a pair of Saudi oil tankers traveling through the Bab al-Mandab Strait leading to the Red Sea. The waterway is one of the world’s busiest shipping routes.

Iranian leaders also recently threatened to shutter the Strait of Hormuz, through which one-third of the world’s oil supply passes as it travels from the Persian Gulf.

The US in turn vowed to keep the Strait of Hormuz open and not allow Iran to jeopardize world oil supplies.

Satellite view of the Strait of Hormuz (photo credit: NASA/Public domain)

Satellite view of the Strait of Hormuz (photo credit: NASA/Public domain)

Earlier this week, US President Donald Trump issued an intense warning against Tehran, threatening that it could “suffer consequences the likes of which few throughout history have ever seen before.”

The response came after Iranian President Hassan Rouhani earlier Sunday issued his own warning to the US leader not to “play with the lion’s tail,” saying that conflict with Iran would be the “mother of all wars.”

However, Trump tempered the threat Tuesday, saying “we’re ready to make a real deal” with Iran.

Agencies contributed to this report.

US said weighing military action amid Iranian threats to Middle East waterways

July 28, 2018

Report says US looking into options to keep key oil routes open in wake of attack by Iran-backed rebels on Saudi tankers in Red Sea

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https://www.timesofisrael.com/us-said-weighing-military-action-amid-iranian-threats-to-middle-east-waterways/

A member of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards chants slogans after attacking a naval vessel during a military drill in the Strait of Hormuz in southern Iran, February 25, 2015. (Hamed Jafarnejad/AFP/Fars News)

The United States is reportedly weighing possible military action to keep open key oil shipping routes in the Middle East amid Iranian threats against the waterways.

However, a CNN report Friday citing Trump administration officials said that any military action would be taken by US regional allies such as Saudi Arabia, and not American troops.

The officials said that though the US maintains a naval presence in the Middle East, any military operation would need a long-term commitment from other countries.

The report came just days after Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen attacked a pair of Saudi oil tankers traveling through the Bab al-Mandab Strait leading to the Red Sea. The waterway is one of the world’s busiest shipping routes.

Iranian leaders have also recently threatened to shutter the Strait of Hormuz, through which one-third of the world’s oil supply passes as it travels from the Persian Gulf.

In this file photo taken on February 8, 2017, a member of the pro-government forces raises his weapon in the port of the western Yemeni coastal town of Mokha as the Saudi-backed troops advance in a bid to try to drive the Shiite Houthi rebels away from the Red Sea coast. (AFP Photo/Saleh al-Obeidi)

Following the attack by the Houthis on the Saudi tankers, each with a capacity to haul 2 million barrels of oil, Saudi Arabia temporarily halted oil shipments through Bab al-Mandab.

State-run Aramco said the decision to suspend shipments was “in the interest of the safety of ships and their crews and to avoid the risk of oil spill.”

A Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen has repeatedly warned that Houthi rebels threaten vessels in the Red Sea — a key shipping route for world trade — through their control of the strategic Hodeida port.

Pro-government forces backed by a coalition including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have paused their offensive on Hodeida port in a bid they say is to give UN-led peace efforts a chance.

Saudi Arabia intervened in Yemen in 2015 at the head of a military coalition backing the country’s government after Houthi rebels ousted it from the capital Sanaa the previous year.

Earlier this month, the US vowed to keep open the Strait of Hormuz after Iranian generals backed President Hassan Rouhani’s threat to jeopardize world oil supplies if Iranian oil exports are blocked under US sanctions.

Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani gives a speech in the city of Tabriz in the northwestern East-Azerbaijan province on April 25, 2018, (Atta Kenare/AFP)

“It would be meaningless that Iran cannot export its oil while others in the region can. Do this if you can and see the consequences,” Rouhani said at the time.

Since the US pulled out of the nuclear deal with Iran, known officially as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, Washington has been pushing allies to cut oil imports from the Islamic Republic altogether by November.

The Trump administration has vowed to stick with its pressure campaign against Iran, affirming its strategy to change Tehran’s behavior by gutting its oil revenue and isolating the country globally.

Iran is OPEC’s second-largest crude exporter with more than 2 million barrels a day.

Earlier this week, US President Donald Trump issued an intense warning against Tehran, threatening that it could “suffer consequences the likes of which few throughout history have ever seen before.”

The response came after Iranian President Hassan Rouhani earlier Sunday issued his own warning to the US leader not to “play with the lion’s tail,” saying that conflict with Iran would be the “mother of all wars.”

However, Trump tempered the threat Tuesday, saying “we’re ready to make a real deal” with Iran.

Agencies contributed to this report.

Palestinian politicians come out against PA’s boycott of US

July 28, 2018
Forner PA minister Nabeel Amro says ‘boycott on the entire US administration is not helpful,’ while political analyst Hanna Issa believes the US alone holds the keys to resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5318226,00.html
Some leading Palestinian politicians don’t believe that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ boycott on American officials—imposed in the wake of Washington’s recognition in December of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital—is proving beneficial to the Palestinian cause.

In the current diplomatic climate, officials warned, Europe cannot replace the US as an intermediary for peace talks with Israel, because many European capitals are reluctant to assume America’s traditional role as primary peace broker between the two sides. European leaders are also wary of ignoring the Trump administration’s demand to not abide by the PA’s push to form a new, multilateral mechanism for negotiations.Nabeel Amro, a former Palestinian minister of information, explained to The Media Line that “the Palestinians want Europeans to be more involved, but we can’t force them.”

Palestinian President Abbas meets with US President Trump (Photo: AP)

Palestinian President Abbas meets with US President Trump (Photo: AP)

While he believes that “it is right to reject the (prospective) American (peace) plan as it violates Palestinian rights, a boycott on the entire US administration is not helpful. Our relationship with the US should be about dialogue, not boycotts.”

Whereas, Amro supports the PA’s rejection of the White House’s decision to relocate the American Embassy to Jerusalem, he stressed that “there is no need to boycott the whole country. Diplomacy requires activity and movement at all levels. The US is still supporting the PA in matters of security. Why do we accept security cooperation, but not the political collaboration?”

Amro concluded by noting that the US and Russia, for example, “have been going through political tensions for years, but still officials from both nations continue to meet and talk.”
Hanna Issa, a Palestinian political analyst, believes that the US alone holds the keys to resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. “America is a great country and most of world’s governments have mutual interests with it,” he told The Media Line. “Therefore, boycotting (Washington) will not benefit the Palestinians.”

Issa highlighted that the PA does not even yet know the exact details of the White House’s plan, as it has not been published. Therefore, the PA’s rejection of the proposal out-of-hand is, in his estimation, premature and counter-productive.

Palestinian President Abbas (Photo: Reuters)

Palestinian President Abbas (Photo: Reuters)

Nabil Shaath, a foreign affairs adviser to Abbas, disagrees with these assessments. “We are not seeking to replace the US with the European Union,” he conveyed to The Media Line.

“Abbas was clear in his speeches that we want multilateral negotiations involving European countries, Russia and China. At the same time, we refuse the US monopoly on talks and the contempt of the Trump administration for the Palestinian side.”

In this respect, Shaath made explicit that the Palestinians will not tolerate what they perceive as President Donald Trump’s unwavering support for Israel despite its “many violations of international law, its occupation of Palestinian territories, settlement building and refusal to accept the Palestinian right of return.”

Shaath nevertheless rejected the claim that Ramallah’s positions amount to a boycott on the the American administration. Rather, he qualified, “we are boycotting political dialogue with the US over the so-called ‘deal of the century.’ We still speak with the US Consulate in Jerusalem on daily basis and we still have our representative office in Washington.”

To this end, the PA repeatedly has reiterated an unwillingness to engage with Trump’s peace envoys, including senior adviser Jared Kushner, US Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt and US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman—who, together, Shaath described as a “Zionist, extremist team.”

Last weekend, the American trio penned an op-ed in The Washington Post calling on Hamas to rejects its violent tactics and refusal to accept Israel’s right to exist. The three envoys also called on the Palestinian people to find a way out of the “hopeless treadmill” of “destruction, violence and human misery.”

“The world is moving forward, but bad choices are causing Palestinians to fall further and further behind,” the op-ed read.

Members of Trump's peace team, Jason Greenblatt and Jared Kushner, with US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley and Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon

Members of Trump’s peace team, Jason Greenblatt and Jared Kushner, with US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley and Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon

Responding to the article, Abd al-Lateef Qanou, a Hamas spokesman in Gaza, told The Media Line that “the US administration is completely biased in Israel’s favor and doesn’t meet our peoples’ hopes and ambitions.

“It takes the side of the occupation and is a partner in the killing of Palestinians. We do not rely on any American efforts in finding a solution to the conflict.”

Article written by Dima Abumaria

Reprinted with permission from The Media Line