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Nikki Haley Suggests Abbas lacks “Courage and Will” to Seek Peace

Wow. What a difference an administration makes. From the Obama administration efforts under former UN Ambassador Samantha Power to placate the Palestinians and attack the Israelis, we now have a UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, who minces no words and has no fear about calling out the Palestinians for their double-dealing and lack of seriousness about peace.

Apparently, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas made some kind of hostile, conspiracy theory-laden speech of the type he usually gets away with and that stoke Palestinian and world hostility toward Israel.

Haley, who is turning out to be one of President Trump’s best picks among a group of senior advisors and Cabient members that includes many of them, wasn’t having any of it:

In his speech, President Abbas declared the landmark Oslo Peace Accords dead. He rejected any American role in peace talks. He insulted the American president. He called for suspending recognition of Israel. He invoked an ugly and fictional past, reaching back to the 17th Century, to paint Israel as a colonialist project engineered by European powers . . . A speech that indulges in outrageous and discredited conspiracy theories is not the speech of a person with the courage and the will to seek peace.

Video || Pence Warmly Welcomed In Israel, which Knows Who Its Friends Are

I’ve said this many times before, but it’s well worth repeating. It is galling that so many of my fellow Jews who say that one of the most important issues to them is the survival of Israel nevertheless disdain Republicans, who have for half a century have been Israel’s most reliable itisupporters.

Republicans usually lack the adherence to the moral relativism of Democrats and understand that there is good and evil in the world, and that good and evil can be defined. And they get that Israel is the former, and her enemies the latter.

I doubt any presidency is more committed to Israel than that of President Trump and his born-again vice president, Mike Pence, who visited the country this week. And yet, of course, most Jews would have the Suha Arafat-hugging Hillary Clinton in the White House instead of Trump.

And it makes me so happy, and also a bit sad, that many of the strongest, most emotionally-invested supporters of Israel I encounter are not Jews, but Christians.

“Mr. Pence’s address was one of the most Zionist speeches ever given by a non-Jew in the Knesset,” wrote Meir Rabbi Soloveichik in the Wall Street Journal. “The vice president is a devout evangelical Christian, and he said that in the birth of the modern state of Israel, we see nothing less than a fulfillment of the biblical promises of God,” wrote Soloveichik, who leads Congregation Shearith Israel in New York and is director of the Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought at Yeshiva University. “The speech was a milestone in American-Israeli relations, and a window into the heart of many American Christians who, like Mr. Pence, observe Israel’s emergence with wonder and reverence . . . The existence of multitudes of gentiles who are also Zionists has no precedent in the Jews’ millennia-long history.”

Pence received a rapturous reception in Israel’s Knesset and was embraced everywhere he went. And for good reason. The Israelis, surrounded and constantly forced to fight enemies, know who their friends are, even if relatively comfortable and unthreatened American Jews do not.

Video || Trump and His Family Celebrate Hanukkah

“The miracle of Hanukkah is the miracle of Israel.”

Of course, most of my fellow Jews oppose him, and many despise him. But Donald Trump is the first president of the United States who has a significant portion of his family that is Jewish and who has a love and respect for Israel in his heart.

Trump’s Recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital HELPS Mideast Peace

That’s right. All the conventional, in-the-box thinking you’re hearing about how President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel – which, de facto, it already is – and move the embassy there actually increases to prospects for an eventual negotiated settlement between the Israelis and Palestinians. Even supporters of the move who… Continue Reading

Trump to the Israelis and Palestinians: Let’s Make a Deal

President Trump Tuesday offered up the dubious proposition that the Palestinians are ready for peace with Israel. As far as I’ve observed, the Palestinians are always ready to make a deal, until it comes time to make a deal. And they suggest they are ready to live with Israel, but teach their children to throw… Continue Reading

Spicer Won’t Say Western Wall is in Israel

President Trump during the campaign suggested Jerusalem was part of Israel, stating unequivocally that he would move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. But that was just for Jewish and conservative Christian votes. Unless he was planning on moving the Israeli embassy to Palestine. Mark Levin has a good takedown of this whole… Continue Reading

Trump to Visit Saudi Arabia, Israel, Palestinian Authority, and The Vatican

All three religions. Get it? From the White House: President Trump has accepted the invitation of King Salman bin Abd Al-Aziz, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, to visit the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia later this month. The visit will reaffirm the strong partnership between the United States and Saudi Arabia and allow the… Continue Reading

Netanyahu to Kerry: Don’t Blame Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ripped Secretary of State John Kerry’s speech on Israeli-Palestinian relations Wednesday, criticizing the nation’s top diplomat for blaming Israel for the region’s problems, the Washington Examiner reported. “Like the resolution that John Kerry advanced at the UN (Security Council), John Kerry gave a skewed speech against Israel. For over an… Continue Reading

Kerry Admits Collusion on UN Resolution

Secretary of State John Kerry suggested Wednesday that the United States had at least indirect input into the United Nations resolution condemning Jewish settlements, pushing for it to be crafted in a way that would not cause the United States to reject it. “We made clear to others, including those on the Security Council, that… Continue Reading