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Kushner talks ‘deal of the century’ with Israel’s Netanyahu

In Kushner’s world, the Palestinians are going to have peace, whether they like it or not

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Trump is after anything big that he can slap his name on to put him in a position that the history books will remember as ‘great’. For this reason, his son-in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner and special envoy Jason Greenblatt have been on a tour of the Middle East advocating this ‘deal of the century’, where they believe that they are gonna hammer out a peace deal, something that has eluded world leaders for decades.

But, the kicker in the whole thing is that this process seems to seriously think that it can come to fruition by ignoring major parties, such as the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Kushner has this whole plan to redraw the map and establish this great peace plan, and he’s gonna do it with the Saudis the Egyptians, and the Israelis, and without the Palestinians, the Syrians, or the Lebanese. Somehow, that makes sense, in some version of reality, somewhere.

The Palestine Chronicle reports:

Jared Kushner, US President Donald Trump’s senior adviser, said Washington would likely announce its Middle East peace plan even if Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, angered by US policy so far, chose to remain on the sidelines.

In an interview that appeared in Arabic on Sunday in the Palestinian newspaper Al Quds, Kushner – who is meeting leaders in the region, but not Abbas – questioned his ability to make a deal and said the US proposal would be published soon.


Abbas has refused to see Trump’s team following his decision in December to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to move the US Embassy there. The Palestinians want their own future state with a capital in East Jerusalem.


According to an English-language transcript released in Washington, Kushner said:

“If President Abbas is willing to come back to the table, we are ready to engage; if he is not, we will likely air the plan publicly. However, I do question how much President Abbas has the ability to, or is willing to, lean into finishing a deal. He has his talking points which have not changed in the last 25 years.”


Commenting on the interview, Nabil Abu Rdainah, a spokesman for Abbas, said:

“The road to peace is clear – a commitment to the two-state solution, a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders with Jerusalem as its capital. This is the road to any negotiations or any meetings.”


Kushner, who along with US envoy Jason Greenblatt, visited Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Egypt before talks on Friday and Saturday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, said Arab leaders conveyed they wanted to see a Palestinian state.


The Trump administration has said it would support a two-state solution if both sides agree to it, but in the interview, Kushner did not commit to Palestinian statehood, long the foundation of US policy in the region.

The plan is expected to propose detailed solutions to core issues in dispute between the Israelis and Palestinians, such as borders, the future of Israeli settlements, the fate of Palestinian refugees and security.


Israel captured the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip in the 1967 war. Israeli forces and settlers pulled out of the Gaza Strip, now controlled by Hamas, in 2005.

Most experts question whether Kushner, who is married to Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, and Greenblatt – both of whom have no diplomatic background – can achieve any deal in one of the world’s most intractable conflicts.


In the interview, which was headlined, “I am ready to work with President Abbas if he wishes” and published in Arabic, Kushner gave a direct message to the Palestinian people:

“You deserve to have a bright future. Now is a time where both the Israelis and Palestinians must bolster and re-focus their leadership, to encourage them to be open towards a solution and to not be afraid of trying.”

Abbas isn’t negotiating any so-called ‘peace’ arrangement with the Trump administration, as it’s already demonstrated that it is biased in Israel’s favour and doesn’t seem to care at all about the interests of the Palestinians. Trump has already declared that he doesn’ think the Palestinians even want peace at all, he recognized Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish state, blamed the mass killing of peaceful Palestinian protesters, nurses, journalists, etc, on Hamas and totally ignored the unjustified use of lethal violence by the Israelis, or else whitewashed it, withdrew from the UN Human Rights Council over a supposed ‘bias’ against Israel, and has threatened other nations for not taking sides with America’s position on these matters.

How on this green Earth does the Trump administration think that it can nail down a peace deal when it is so obviously biased against one the key parties with whom peace is being sought? While it may in fact be an audacious plan, it is even more ludicrous. You can’t have a peace deal when only one side is party to the negotiation, in normal terms, that’s called brokering a surrender. It’s likely, however, that this won’t even get that far, and is simply a little bit more back slapping for Netanyahu. Kushner’s proposal fails to address the Palestinian perspective on refugees, the statehood, and Jerusalem, but rather, it considers Jerusalem as wholly belonging to the Jewish state. Furthermore, for argument’s sake, even if a deal were to get worked out here, one must remember that it’s being negotiated by the US with Israel, neither of which are known for standing by their agreements or honoring their word.

 

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One can spend years- or centuries- talking about the justice or injustice done with the Palestinians. And I have a great deal of sympathy with the Palestinian plight. But they need to face reality: there are absolutely no circumstances (barring a major great power war) under which there is going to be an independent Palestinian state with its capital in East Jerusalem. It simply will never happen. Israel will never relinquish the territory that it annexed after 1967: it is too well integrated into the Israeli state, both culturally and politically. The state has existed for far longer with this… Read more »

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tks for the info………………… daydreaming or complete garbage, these yankees are really dangerously sick. These guys must be stopped by any means available, lol they so dum as to show their hand…………………… KO Mr Putin……….and China .. remember Shaolin

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Stop Bush and Clinton

One big additional question is how the deal will be enforced if both sides agree to it.
Obviously if the Palestinians were to invade Israel, the US would reply with a massive bombing campaign – but are Trump/Kushner equally ready to bomb Israel if they build new settlements in Palestine after agreeing on borders? I strongly doubt it.

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Here are two excellent articles outlining the US “plan”…..of course it is NOT in any way something that any Palestinian could accept:
http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/trumps-middle-east-deal-of-the-century-coming-into-focus/
https://orientalreview.org/2018/06/15/why-is-washington-pressuring-jordan/

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Seán Murphy

For goodness’ sake, Frank! What’s wrong with you people from the USA? There’s no such verb in the English language as “gonna” , yet you all say it, even Hillary Clinton. Is there anything difficult about writing “going to”?
Surely you should employ basic grammar and spelling, out of respect to your readers, if you expect them to take you seriously?

John Vu
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All scripted way before trump, except Pal, Syr, and Leb are not in the script. No Putin?

franz kafka
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Ahma gonna makea you an offer you cant refuse.

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DenLilleAbe

“When more than one zionist congregate, someone will be robbed.” Israel has been the biggest cause for antisemitism ever, as people will automatically equal a jew to an Israeli. Which is not entirely fair.
But Kushner and Nethanyahoo shaking hands means that someone is either going to get screwed, murdered, robbed, raped, bombed, oppressed or all of those.

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This how I see this new deal…Israel will lose some land for a Palestinian State while gaining recognition and ownership of the Golan Heights. Lots of natural resources there and Syria is unable to fight for the land due to the Yanks and ISIS in the area. Jews never give things away without getting something better in return. Let’s not forget, Israel has been pushing the Yanks to recognize the Golan Heights as Israel land since Trump took office. They got Jerusalem now it’s the Golan turn.

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Awakened

The latest Israeli attempt at gas-lighting the world and the US’s obsequious blessing. Two wolves and a sheep deciding what’s for dinner. What a disgusting, disingenuous mess the Balfour Declaration has proven to be.

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Did people know that, the owners of the AmbAssador Hotel were the very rich Jewish Schine FAMILY FROM NY? This is why the MOSSAD could easly get access to the layout/ the employers and get Robert F Kennedy to walk through the area , where they could murder him and then blame AN ARAB. This is a try and tested method which MOSSAD/Shin BEIT have been using 1950’s onwards.Think about; Let that settle in your brains.the FBI/CIA enabled the cover up and sending an innocent man to prison for crime committed by the Israhelli state. See the Book; DANGEROUS LIAISON;… Read more »

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James Woods Suspended From Twitter Over Satirical Meme That Could “Impact An Election”

James Woods crushes Jack Dorsey: “You are a coward, @Jack.”

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Outspoken conservative actor James Woods was suspended from posting to Twitter over a two-month-old satirical meme which very clearly parodies a Democratic advertisement campaign. While the actor’s tweets are still visible, he is unable to post new content.

The offending tweet from July 20, features three millennial-aged men with “nu-male smiles” and text that reads “We’re making a Woman’s Vote Worth more by staying home.” Above it, Woods writes “Pretty scary that there is a distinct possibility this could be real. Not likely, but in this day and age of absolute liberal insanity, it is at least possible.”

According to screenshots provided by an associate of Woods’, Twitter directed the actor to delete the post on the grounds that it contained “text and imagery that has the potential to be misleading in a way that could impact an election.

In other words, James Woods, who has approximately 1.72 million followers, was suspended because liberals who don’t identify as women might actually take the meme seriously and not vote. 

In a statement released through associate Sara Miller, Woods said “You are a coward, @Jack,” referring to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. “There is no free speech for Conservatives on @Twitter.

Earlier this month, Woods opined on the mass-platform ban of Alex Jones, tweeting: ““I’ve never read Alex Jones nor watched any of his video presence on the internet. A friend told me he was an extremist. Believe me that I know nothing about him. That said, I think banning him from the internet is a slippery slope. This is the beginning of real fascism. Trust me.”

Nu-males everywhere non-threateningly smirk at Woods’ bad fortune…

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Another witness named by Ford becomes third person to deny being at party

A woman believed to have been one of five people at a party 35 years ago where Ford claims she was assaulted by Kavanaugh is now the fourth person to deny being at any such party.

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A witness, reportedly named by Christine Blasey Ford as one of the people at the high school party where Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh allegedly sexually assaulted her, told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Saturday she was not there.

The attorney for Leland Ingham Keyser told the Senate Judiciary Committee that Keyser does not remember being at the party Ford described as the location of the alleged assault.

“Ms. Keyser does not know Mr. Kavanaugh and she has no recollection of ever being at a party or gathering where he was present, with, or without, Dr. Ford,” Keyser said in the statement. CNN reported Keyser is a lifelong friend of Ford’s.

Keyser, whom the New York Times reported is one of the people Ford named as being in attendance at the party, is the third witness who has denied knowing about the alleged assault. Mark Judge and Patrick Smyth said earlier this week they did not remember the party in question.

Kavanaugh has denied Ford’s allegation.

The news comes after Ford, through her attorneys, tentatively agreed to testify on Thursday, after days of negotiations over the timing and conditions of her

Committee chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, had repeatedly extended deadlines set for Ford’s team on the decision, including three on Friday and one at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Grassley threatened to proceed with a committee vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination Monday if he did not hear from Ford.

“Five times now we [have] granted extension for Dr Ford to decide if she wants to proceed [with] her desire stated one [week] ago that she wants to tell senate her story,” Grassley tweeted Friday. “Dr Ford if u changed ur mind say so so we can move on I want to hear ur testimony. Come to us or we to u.”

The extended discussions have been labeled a delaying tactic by some Republicans.

Ford’s attorneys and Grassley’s aides will reportedly continue negotiations Sunday on the details of the conditions of Ford’s testimony, per the New York Times.

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Was NYT Story About Rosenstein ‘Coup Attempt’ A Setup?

The New York Times is reporting that Rod Rosenstein pushed a plan to record President Trump and invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office.

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Is the FBI trying to goad President Trump into firing the man in charge of supervising the Mueller probe? That’s what Sean Hannity and a handful of  Trump’s Congressional allies think.

According to a report in Politico, Republicans in Congress are approaching a story about Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein attempting to organize a palace coup with extreme caution, despite having twice nearly gathered the votes to remove him in the recent past.

On Friday, the NYT reported a bombshell story alleging that Rosenstein had tried to recruit administration officials to secretly tape conversations with the president in order to help justify removing Trump under the 25th amendment. Rosenstein vehemently denied the story, which was largely based on confidential memos written by former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe. And others who were reportedly in attendance at meeting between McCabe and Rosenstein said the Deputy AG was being “sarcastic” when he suggested that the president be taped.

Meanwhile, Trump allies including Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan and Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz are saying that the story should be treated with suspicion. Jordan and Freedom Caucus leader Mark Meadows once filed articles of impeachment against Rosenstein. But now, both Meadows and Jordan intend to proceed with caution, telling Politico that he would like to see the memos that the story was based on.

House Freedom Caucus leaders Mark Meadows and Jim Jordan, who led a charge to impeach Rosenstein this summer, have said they want to hear from Rosenstein and see documents allegedly describing the comments before they decide what to do.That’s awarded Rosenstein a courtesy they’ve never given him in the past.

“I think Rod needs to come before Congress this week and explain under oath what exactly he said and didn’t say,” Meadows said at the Values Voters Summit Saturday.

The newfound hesitation to oust Rosenstein highlights a cautious approach Trump allies have adopted as the Republican party barrels toward a potential bloodbath in the midterms. Some Republicans fear Trump firing Rosenstein now would only further energize Democrats making the case to voters that the president is corrupt and needs to be reined in by a Democratic House.

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In a Friday interview, Jordan, one of Rosenstein’s fiercest critics in Congress, sidestepped questions about whether the House should revisit Rosenstein’s impeachment or try to hold him in contempt of Congress. Rather, he said, a more focused push to obtain sensitive documents from the Justice Department — which Trump’s allies say would expose anti-Trump bias and corruption the FBI — is the most urgent priority.

“I want to see those memos and evaluate them,” said Jordan, who has clashed publicly with Rosenstein over access to documents and accused him of threatening House Intelligence Committee staffers, an allegation Rosenstein denied.

Politico cites two possible explanations for lawmakers’ hesitation: Republicans are running out of time before members devote themselves full-time to their reelection campaigns. Republicans are worried that the story could have been intentionally planted to provoke Rosenstein’s firing in order to improve Democrats’ chances of retaking the Senate AND the House (Trump actively moving to crush the Mueller probe would be quite the propaganda win for the Dems).

Sean Hannity took this latter theory a step further during his show on Friday evening, where he urged Trump not to fire Rosie and instead insisted that the story could have been a “trap”. He added that he had been told by “multiple sources” that the story was planted by unspecified “enemies of Trump.”

“I have a message for the president tonight,” Hannity said Friday night. “Under zero circumstances should the president fire anybody…the president needs to know it is all a setup.”

Still, a handful of conservative commentators, including Laura Ingraham, urged Trump to fire Rosenstein immediately. And for Trump’s part, he hinted at a rally Friday night in Missouri that he planned to “get rid” of the “lingering stench” at the DOJ, which many interpreted as a hint that his firing is imminent.

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