The agendas of David Brock’s organization, Shareblue.
A key participant in the political war by which the Left is currently fighting to delegitimize and ultimately destroy the Trump presidency is a relatively new organization called Shareblue, which grew out of Blue Nation Review (BNR), a pro-Democrat entity that once described Hillary Clinton as “one of the most ethical political leaders in America.” In 2015 David Brock, a former-conservative-turned-leftist, purchased BNR and rebranded it as Shareblue. From the outset, his objective has been to develop Shareblue into a progressive media outlet that speaks directly to grass roots Americans, who are, in Brock’s estimation, “avidly and unabashedly pro-Hillary.”
Last week I sent out an appeal for funds.
Some of you responded by making a donation but the large majority of you didn’t.
The number of people who opened my email exceeded 3000 yet only 1% responded. As it was, that 1% was a good start.
I would have expected that 10% would have wanted to show their appreciation especially since the title in the email alerted them to my request for support.
Perhaps more of you will decide that you too could help by making a donation.
I would love to increase that 1% to 3%.
All previous attempts to reach a deal by extracting concessions from Israel did nothing but weaken Israel.
During Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s meeting with US President Donald Trump at the White House in February, the premier was reportedly taken by surprise when Trump gently prodded – ahead of their meeting – for Israel to “hold back on settlements for a little bit.”
Since their meeting, Trump’s prod that Israel curtail the property rights of Jews in Judea and Samaria has been the central issue Trump’s chief negotiator Jason Greenblatt has discussed with Netanyahu and his representatives.
From the moment Netanyahu returned from Washington, his government ministers have been asking him to brief them on his discussions with Trump. He has refused. But on Thursday, Netanyahu finally agreed to update his security cabinet.
T. Belman. This is a good deal for Israel. Basically infilling is allowed with permission given for exceptions. Secondly the restriction applies to all settlements, not just the blocs. The decision says nothing about restricting construction to the settlement blocs or to communities within the security fence. There is enough infilling to do which will triple the number of Jews in J&S.
This deal also suggests, in any deal, the settlements will remain.
Arutz Sheva said we have agreed to “significantly” reduce construction. I don’t see it.
No commitment made to restrict construction to large settlement blocs.
Israel will restrict its building beyond the Green Line to the built-up areas of existing settlements, the security cabinet decided Thursday night after nearly three weeks of discussions on the matter with the US government.
The guiding principle behind the new guidelines is to limit as much as possible Israel’s settlement “footprint” beyond the existing communities. Sources said the decision was taken out of consideration of the position of US President Donald Trump, and that Israel will also significantly curb building to enable efforts to advance a diplomatic process with the Palestinians.
T. Belman. Reduce from what?
Netanyahu tells Cabinet that new policy on Judea and Samaria will be in line with Trump’s views.
Israel’s new policy on construction in Judea and Samaria will be in line with President Donald Trump’s views on the issue.
At Thursday night’s Cabinet meeting, during which a new community for the residents of Amona was approved, Netanyahu told the ministers that taking into account Trump’s positions, Israel will take significant steps to reduce the expansion of the built-up areas of Judea and Samaria.
A future Palestinian state will have Islam as the dominate aspect of its governing system, despite Western wishful thinking to the contrary
Every few years like clockwork, an American administration comes along that thinks it can solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, while politicians and pundits annually march through the halls of the AIPAC national meeting talking about a two-state solution with security for Israel. Their motivations are genuine, but they can’t seem to learn the lessons of previous failures. This is especially important now, as US President Donald Trump seems bent on solving this heretofore- intractable conflict.
To many Americans, Jews and Arabs are simply fighting over territory, so the logical answer is to simply divide the land. This has been the strategy for over 100 years. But this approach ignores the fact that this dispute, like so many others in the Middle East, is primarily a war of Islamic religious supremacy.
By MARTIN SHERMAN
Instead of trying to resurrect the decrepit zombie of two-statism in pursuit of bipartisanship, AIPAC would do better to assist in promoting Zionist-compliant alternatives
A durable Israeli-Palestinian peace can best be achieved through direct negotiations between the two parties, resulting in a Jewish state living side-by-side in peace with a demilitarized Palestinian state… – From “The Peace Process: Israel’s Pursuit of Peace” currently on AIPAC’s website.
Rejecting decades-old policy, the Republican Party approved on July 12 a platform that does not include a call for a two-state solution to the Israeli–Palestinian conflict…and omits any reference to a solution that would establish an independent Palestinian state alongside Israel… – From “In Major Shift, GOP Rejects Two-State Solution” the Forward, July 10, 2016.
T. Belman. DEBKA advises that a separate statement was issued by the Arab countries in which “They called for a new round of peace talks based on a two-state formula and renewed the 2002 “reconciliation” offer (drawn up by Saudi Arabia) if “Israel quit occupied Arab land and agreed to a deal on Palestinian refugees.”” It could be significant that it didn’t say all occupied Arab land. I thought that they consider the land as Palestinian land.
This could be an opening that Trump and Netanyahu are pursuing.
Syria’s Bashar Assad still persona not grata in Arab world
All 15 resolutions passed by the Arab summit which took place in Jordan Wednesday, March 29, were devoted to an indictment of Iran, its Revolutionary Guards Corps and Lebanese surrogate, Hizballah. They were a testament to the depth of Arab-Iranian animosity and exposed the extent of the rift between the Sunni and Shiite Muslim worlds.
Iran was accused of meddling in the internal affairs of Arab nations, inciting Shiites against Sunnis, and arming and training Shiite terrorist groups for operations against legitimate Arab governments. The Arab rulers combined to put Tehran in the dock for its interference in the Syrian civil war and assault on its sovereignty.
T. Belman. But no alternate is suggested. Russia is not the Boogyman, though Americans think so. I am fully open to such a deal. Alex Markofsky wrote that Crimean is Russian and should remain Russian. Few would dispute this. As for the eastern provinces of Ukraine, he argues that Russia doesn’t want to annex them They are a liability. A deal would be very much in Israel’s favour.
Trading Ukraine for Syria would legitimize Moscow’s conquest and endanger Europe’s security.
Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr. with his Turkish and Russian counterparts, Gens. Hulusi Akar and Valery Gerasimov, March 7. Photo: RUSSIAN MINISTRY PRESS OFFICE/TASS/ZUMA PRESS
The new administration may be sorely tempted to close a showy diplomatic “deal,” the origins of which are President Obama’s extraordinary policy failures in the Middle East. With American financing rather than resistance, Iran has thrown a military bridge from Afghanistan to the Mediterranean, a feat the U.S. could not equal at the height of its powers when it unsuccessfully tried to construct the Central Treaty Organization in the 1950s. Worse still, Mr. Obama’s “executive agreement” with Tehran gives it a U.S.-guaranteed path to nuclear weapons.
T. Belman. This author laments the “new brutality” but I don’t. It gets the job done. Victory is good. Stalemate is bad. He complains that the “new US military deployments are taking place without any sign of US diplomatic initiatives or discussion of the future of peace talks in conflict zones, or a more rounded strategy and narrative to woo Muslims hearts and minds in order to defeat the Islamic State.” But I am pleased. First win, then talk.
Another technique Trump has instituted is the designation of “fire zones” in which collateral damage, ie killing of civilians, is permitted. The IDF should adopt these new rules of engagement with US backing.
In the opening months of the Donald Trump administration, there has been little sign of a coherent foreign policy taking shape. What is happening, however, is a dramatic militarization of US policy in the Middle East—one that is occurring largely without the consultation of American allies, and with hardly any public scrutiny. In the case of the war in Yemen and the campaign against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, these developments could have extraordinary consequences for US security and even the stability of the Middle East itself.
Wasn’t He Supposed to Make Israeli-Palestinian Peace?
Donald Trump’s erstwhile point man for the region is now focusing on strange domestic roles. It could be his father-in-law simply doesn’t want him anywhere near a task that usually ends in failure.
It hasn’t been announced with any fanfare and it’s unlikely it ever will. But with every news cycle, it’s becoming clear that President Donald Trump’s senior adviser Jared Kushner is no longer the U.S. administration’s point man for Middle East peace.
Whether the shift is coming from Kushner himself or the president, the son-in-law-in-chief doesn’t seem to be in the driver’s seat when it comes to foreign policy in general and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict specifically.
We Want it to Be Normal for Muslims and Jews to Be Allies
by Barney Breen-Portnoy, ALGEMIENER
Over the past two and a half decades, the Caucasus nation of Azerbaijan — a Shiite Muslim-majority state — has become a close ally of Israel, manifested by deep economic and military bonds.
In December, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited Baku, where he met with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev. “The world sees so much intolerance, so much darkness, and here is an example of what relations can be and should be between Muslims and Jews everywhere,” Netanyahu said at the time.
By Ted Belman
The Arab leaders led by King Abdullah of Jordan insisted on the two-state solution and the creation of Palestine. Also they offered no admendments to the Arab Peace Initiative.
The hopes for a regional peace agreement or any peace agreement expressed by Netanyahu and Trump have been dashed.
Ambassador Freedman has now been sworn in. Jason Greenblatt clearly stated that the US will not impose a solution. By the way, it would appear that Greenblatt has replaced Kushner as the negotiator in chief of Mid-East peace. Kushner is now heading a new department in the White House tasked with increasing efficiency in government.
- There is no more evidence that Jews are responsible for economic or social inequality in contemporary America, than there was for Jews being responsible for any of the other crimes that formed the basis for traditional blood libels. Indeed, Jews disproportionately support racial equality and other liberal causes. Most successful Jews, like most successful people of other religions and ethnicities, earned this success by hard work, not special privilege.
- The linking of unrelated “victimizations,” despite their tenuous connections, is reflective of a broader trend in hard-left politics, whereby increasingly, radical activists demand that the demonization of “Zionists”—often used as a euphemism for Jews – be included, indeed featured, in the package of causes that must to be embraced by anyone claiming the label of “progressive.” Lumping seemingly disparate groups under the “umbrella of oppression” leads to the forming of alliances between causes that at best, have nothing to do with each other, and at worst, are averse to one another’s stated mission. Their only common feature is that to join, they must demonize the nation state of the Jewish people.
Leaders of 21 nations expected to reaffirm 2002 peace plan offering normalization with Israel after deal with Ramallah
AD SEA, Jordan (AP) — Arab leaders held their annual summit Wednesday, poised to endorse key Palestinian positions in the conflict with Israel — a signal to US President Donald Trump that a deal on Palestinian statehood must precede any Israeli-Arab normalization.
Jordan’s King Abdullah told the summit’s opening session that there can be no peace or stability in the region without setting up a Palestinian state alongside Israel.
A girls’ school run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees. (Image source: UNRWA)
- The Palestinian Authority (PA) and Hamas wish to continue teaching children that the conflict with Israel is not over a two-state solution, but the “liberation of Palestine, from the river to the sea,” which means the annihilation of Israel. The goal is for the students to believe that Israel is one big settlement that has no place in the Middle East.
- Along with Hamas, Abbas and his PA plan to continue inculcating Palestinian children with the idea that they should look to terrorists who kill Jews as their role models. It might be illuminating if the conversation between Trump and Abbas were to be informed by these uncomfortable facts.
President Trump moved Tuesday to unravel a host of energy regulations imposed by his predecessor, targeting in particular the Obama administration’s signature program that was intended to curb carbon emissions – but blasted by Republicans for hurting the already-struggling coal industry.
With a sweeping executive order signed at EPA headquarters, Trump initiated an immediate review of the Clean Power Plan, which restricts greenhouse gas emissions at coal-fired power plants. Surrounded by coal miners, the president described that plan as a “crushing attack” on workers and vowed to nix “job-killing regulations.”
If the Arab summit opening in Amman Wednesday, March 9 meets the expectations of Washington and Jerusalem, the session will ratify a pivotal initiative for promoting an historic peace process between the Arab world and Israel. This effort, which matured through five months of mostly secret diplomacy, was launched by Donald Trump in November, shortly after he was elected US President.
The official Arab summit agenda covers the disastrous war crises preying on the Arab world in Syria, Yemen and Iraq, as well as economic issues. But the rulers will also quietly discuss off-stage a proposal brought by Saudi King Salman and Egyptian President Abdel-Fatteh El-Sisi to embark on steps destined to lead to peaceful relations between the moderate Arab regimes and Israel and exponentially to a resolution of the Israeli-P\alestinian conflict.