13 December, 2017

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Trump’s Jerusalem Stroke: Part Of US Exceptionalism!

By Mohamed Harees

Lukman Harees

With a sense of arrogance, Trump officially announced that US will recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, referring to the move as an acknowledgement of “historical and current reality”, even as world leaders condemned the relocation and change in Jerusalem’s diplomatic status – an announcement he knows will stir hornet’s nest not just across the ME, but beyond as well. He also instructed his State Department to begin the years-long process of moving the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, – a sacred city of importance to all Abrahamic faiths and the most contested city in the world. Adding humour to his announcement, he also quipped that it will be “a step to advance the peace process” with Palestinians and “a long-overdue step to advance the peace process and to work towards a lasting agreement”. This announcement no doubt bears many serious consequences, although many observers may shrug it off as just another insane move by a demagogue and narcissist Trump, whose credibility was shattered to smithereens even before he was elected to office last November.

His recent tweets sharing anti-Muslim videos of an ultra far right groups showed his temperament and unstable mental state of mind, let alone his suitability to act as a future honest broker to the perennial Palestinian conflict. In fact, diagnosing Trump’s alleged mental disorder has become a popular pastime, not just among mental health professionals but also among politicians, journalists, pundits, comedians, and ordinary people gathered at coffee breaks. He is an undisputed poster boy for narcissism. According to Allen Frances, M.D, Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences Specialist, Trump demonstrates in pure form every single symptom described in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) criteria for narcissistic personality disorder, Humorously, the title of John Gartner and Rachel Montgomery’s book “All I Ever Wanted to Know about Donald Trump I Learned From His Tweets” is self- explanatory. Be it as it may, whatever he utters, however narcissistic they may be, is taken as the US viewpoint. Incidentally, if ‘American Exceptionalism’ in Post- 09/11 period in particular and |Cold-war era in general, has made the world a much worse place to live in, Trump has virtually made ‘America’ much dirtier in the minds of the outside world and a laughing stock in the community of nations.

To be quite honest, US has never ever been a honest broker or taken genuine measures to ensure the Palestinian people are given their historic right to their own homeland usurped by US’ Zionist agent in the ME region. Simply put, the US cannot act as an honest broker while at the same aligning itself with and serving as Israel’s strongest ally. American double standards and hypocrisy on matters related to the Israel-Palestine conflict account for much of the recent decline in international admiration and deference to U.S. leadership in the Middle East and elsewhere. Therefore, expecting Trump with his narcissist frame of mind to do so will be insane. Perceived American double standards and hypocrisy on matters related to the Israel-Palestine conflict thus account for much of the recent decline in international admiration and deference to U.S. leadership in the ME and elsewhere.

In that respect, this ‘Jerusalem stroke ’ cannot be viewed as altogether surprising and thus this move can be dubbed as the latest of their hypocritical moves to support Israeli hegemony and highhandedness. Of course, other US allies in the region led by Saudi Arabia will initially make some noises in this direction; but they are not likely to hold US to account for this dangerous move as much geo- political interests are at stake. All the energies of Saudis ‘led’ by the ambitious Prince Mohamed Bin Salman and its’ allies will continue to be engaged elsewhere in confronting Iran, along with their US masters and of course their ‘ally’ Israel. However, it will be interesting to see what Organization of Islamic Cooperation(OIC) led by Turkey will do to confront US with regard to this move.

Lord Folke Bernadotte, the first UN mediator to the Arab-Israeli conflict, stated: “It would be an offence against the principles of elemental justice if these innocent [Palestinian] victims of the conflict were denied the right to return to their homes, while Jewish immigrants flow into Palestine.” In delivering justice , it is easy to see the hypocrisy of the US as the so-called leader of the free-world. Ambassador Chas W. Freeman, in his The Hisham B. Sharabi Memorial Lecture rightly exposed the continued hypocrisy of the US vis-à-vis the resolution of the Palestinian conflict thus:

‘US determination to protect Israel from the political and legal consequences of any and all of its actions has also taken its toll, earning the wrath of the international community and the UN / international organizations as well as earning a dubious reputation in polluting the integrity of international law. The UN Security Council was conceived as the ultimate arbiter and enforcer of an international order in which law could protect the weak and vulnerable from the depredations of the strong. It was however despicable that the U.S. has routinely exercised its veto to prevent the application of well-established principles of international law to Israel, when the international community has been attempting to allow justice to accrue to the Palestinians, the underdogs. Repeated American vetoes on behalf of Israel have reduced the UN and other international fora to impotence on fundamental questions of justice and human dignity. Confidence in these institutions has largely disappeared. Thus, the Israel-Palestine dispute has shaped a world in which both the rule of law and the means by which it might be realized have been deliberately degraded.. The inability of the US to build on the obvious shared interests of Palestinians and Israelis is, at best, damning testimony to the incompetence of those Americans who have made a career of processing peace without ever delivering it’.

Israel’s strength and prosperity depend on American government and private subsidies as well as Washington’s political and legal protection. For Israelis, the moral hazard created by such irresponsible indulgence and unsparing American support has been a tragedy. It has enabled Israel to follow its most self-destructive inclinations by relieving it from the requirement to weigh their consequences. It has bred hubris that encourages the Jewish state to pursue short-term advantage without consideration of the resulting risks to its long-term viability. For the Palestinians, America’s slavish support of Israel has meant an unending nightmare, trapping them in a limbo in which the protections of both law and human decency are at best capriciously applied. For the US, deference to Israel’s counterproductive policies and actions has become a debilitating drain on American power to shape events. The US is now so closely identified with the Jewish state that Americans cannot escape perceived complicity with any and all of its actions, whether they agree or disagree with the Israelis. In the eyes of the world, Israel’s behaviour is a reproach to the American reputation as well as its own. In this context, the diplomatic isolation to which the US has grown accustomed on the issue of the occupation will grow more deeper, consequent to this latest US move to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.

It was virtually last month that Britain joined Israel to commemorate the infamous Balfour Declaration Centenary with ‘pride’, and this long passage of time to solve the Palestinian crisis should therefore cause a sense of shame to the Muslim world in particular and the international community and UN in general for their abject failure to do so and stop the illegal Zionist occupation. Lack of progress in negotiations toward a two-State solution was leading to growing anger and profound disillusionment among Palestinians who are dreaming of their own homeland. The explosive situation has been weakening moderates on both sides, and sleep-walking into another violent conflict consequent to this insane Trump drama will be suicidal, when the region as a whole needs moderate forces to unite and saner counsel to prevail.

Not every news however is bad news. Given the protracted failure of U.S. diplomacy in the Israel-Palestine arena, others in Europe and elsewhere have taken alarmed note of the adverse effects of the unending conflict on Israel, on the Palestinians, on Arab politics, on regional stability, on inter-religious relations, on Arab and Islamic relations with the West, on international law and organizations, and on world order. Even the media outside the US have taken progressively more balanced and nuanced note of the human suffering in that area of conflict. The day-to-day realities of the Zionist occupation, are amplifying calls around the world for Palestinian freedom. The scrutiny is clearly being felt in Europe, where Israel does by far its greatest amount of international trade. Settlement products are being subject to sanctions as several large businesses and financial institutions have stopped doing business with Israeli counterparts who have interests in the Occupied Territories. Grassroots activism on behalf of the Palestinians is also gaining momentum. The movement for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) is a global phenomenon that, despite remaining politically marginal in the US, appears to gather steam in Europe and elsewhere as Israeli excesses, grows ever more reliable.

Further, the Palestinians also formally joined the International Criminal Court (ICC) in 2015, deemed as a key step towards being able to pursue Israel for alleged war crimes. By bringing the issue of the occupation to the international legal and political system, through the ICC, the Palestinians can ratchet up the pressure not only on Israel but also the US. Israel knows it needs Europe. Should cases against Israel reach the ICC, European states will eventually cut commercial ties to Israel and push the EU to start taking concrete steps of its own.

It should be also be borne in mind that the vitriolic nature of the public discourse is alarming. Every incident that takes place evokes impassioned narratives and counter-narratives that feed a vicious cycle of hatred and division. There is the imperative need to urgently de-escalate the crisis and restore hope in Palestinians, as the Quartet – consisting US, Russia, the EU and the UN, organizations and people of goodwill enhance their efforts to create awareness in the world of the oppression faced by the Palestinians. Negotiations should not be delayed further, despite the lack of resolution on preliminary issues as Obama once said, ‘Despite all the obstacles, despite all the history, despite all the mistrust, we have to find a way forward…. We cannot continue the same pattern of taking tentative steps forward and then stepping back’. We at the grass-root level should remember what Nelson Mandela once said,’ “We know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians.”

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    It is not an exceptionalism at all .
    It is utter authority; power and arrogance.
    It is all about INNEPTITUDE leadership of Arab dictators…
    Arab leaders have given away all respect and dignity due to stupidity of diplomacy and political ignorance

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    US has never been a honest broker and never will be.
    That is the long and short of it.

    Their Principle ” Do what we say but do not do what we do”

    Arab leaders never had any any dignity. They are made to squabble among themselves.

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    The Trump announcement is not arrogance but shows the puerile coward lurking inside. The man wants to divert attention, thinks he can and resorts to this clumsy move.
    ‘Hornet’s nest in the ME?’. The ME did not bat an eyelid over the Rohingya genocide!

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    I understand that the Tamil diaspora is lobbying Trump to move the US Embassy in Colombo to Jaffana!

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      Although I am no supporter of Trump I do not believe that he is partial to theTiger diaspora lobby as is Hillary Clinton. She will not only have the US embassy in Jaffna, but declare Jaffna as the capital of S LANKA?

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      Rajash,
      Not to MOVE the Embassy to Jaffna, but to establish a NEW US Embassy in Jaffna! :)

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      Ha ha ha good one Rajash! Knowing the idiots in TGTE it might well be true.

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    Mr. Harees, the “Heart of the king is in the hand of the Lord. He turns it like a river, where He (God) wants it to go”. This has nothing to do with Donald Trump. The Lord God of Israel has used Trump to do what God wants Trump to do. Many will say that this comment is weired and extremist, that I the writer is dumb, thoughtless Christian. But consider that Jerusalem is mentioned 660 times in the Old Testament (as well as in the Torah) and 146 times in the New Testament. The very first time this city is mentioned is in Genesis, Ch. 14, Verse 18, when Abram (before he inherited Canaan) met with Melchizedek, the King of Salem, as Jerusalem was then known. This would be about 4500 years ago. Melchizedek is regarded to be a Christophany. In Psalm 137, the Jewish captives of the babylonians sing, “If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget its skill…… If I do not remember you, let my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth if I do not axalt Jerusalem above my chief joy”. Jews in captivity have been greeting each other with the words, “Tomorrow in Jerusalem”. Jerusalem is called the “city of the Great King”, the city of David, the eternal city, etc. and what has happened is what the Lord God of Israel wants done. Nothing to do with Trump. I believe, as do many others that Trump, like Ester in the Bible was born for a “Time such as this”. We see Prophesy unfolding. I know that there maybe turmoil and feel very sorry for the Palestinans and others who will be affected. But, we cannot work against God. Like the Apostle Paul learnt, it is like kicking against a hard rock.

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      If this is nothing to do with Trump and we cannot work against God’s will, please avoid the hospital when you have a heart attack and turn to God instead. Your comments will be judged by your actions.

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        Mr. K.Soysa,
        You seem to value the “Lord God of Israel” above any Christian God.
        Do you not see that it is utterly ridiculous for a Christian to root for the very people who had your Messiah nailed to a cross? The very people whom you treated as outcasts for that reason and murdered freely at the drop of a hat? What is the point of parroting JEWISH traditions like “tomorrow in Jerusalem” if you are not a Jew? Don’t you think your change of heart has less to do with God than with brainwashing by the Western media?

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    For 8 years we had Obama who was pro Palestinian and civil and what did he achieve? And years before that 8 years of Bush, 8 years of Clinton and so on. At least half a century of polite, non-vitriolic public discourse has given us nothing. Trump is doing what other presidents gave lip service to but didn’t have the guts to follow through. So many years of negotiating and nothing was achieved. Now you blame Trump for messing the peace process? Laughable claim.

    Is this embassy move more of a hindrance to achieving peace than the Palestinian stand of openly wanting to destroy the state of Israel?

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    All those three religions are based on the existence of a mono-thiestic all mighty. They say, their god is the only true almighty. See how Hindus live side by side accepting all gods as well as a creator god. Every one is trying to over power the other. So, you are here. Otherwise, you all can not establish a huge federal kingdom in which JErusalem is shared by every body. IT is greed, desire to over power the other, inability share, On the other hand buddhists who are willing to accommodate every one are suffering in front of these cultures.

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    The winners will be Iran, Hezzbollah and Syria who can persuade the Arab and Muslim street that they are the true defenders of the Palestinians unlike the usual lackeys – Saudi, Jordan, the Gulf States and Egypt. The only good that can come out of this is if the people throw out the corrupt Saudi royals and the emirs in the gulf states and become republics!

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    Dear Soysa,

    State of Israel is not a legal one, that territory has been known as Palestine or Philistin form time immemorial. (European) Jews living side by side with their Arab cousins is not a problem and in that sense treating “Jerusalem” as Palestine’s capital won’t be a problem at all,. However, in the illegal land of Israel treating Arabs, the co-owners of the land, as second class citizens and planning to deny their right to Al- Aqsa and return of the Palestinian refugees are the problem here.

    ” Jerusalem” is not a city, it’s an issue” said the PLO’s deputy, Mrs. Hanan Ashrawi, a Christian by religious belief. That means Zionists’ plan to sideline the Christians and Muslims as far as ” Jerusalem” is concerned and occupy entire land
    under the pretax of capital city won’t work and it is not reasonable and fair solution.

    Even though Israel is an illegal state, there is no point in repeating it again and again and fight for another 50 or 100 years achieving nothing is also unacceptable. Therefore my humble opinion is just sit and talk and at least agree to get East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine and define the border of Palestine for a full and final settlement.

    Another point to make here is that the Jews accept Islam compatible with their one God concept and utterly reject the Christian idea of Trinity and divinity of Jesus, so do the Muslims. However, on the other hand Muslims and Christians jointly oppose Jews for the Zionists’ claim for entire territory as their own., without realizing that we are not against Jews, but Zionists.

    So the Muslims have a question to ask, whether we show Olive leave to Jews in confirmation of our belief in one and same God and try to live side by side with mutual respect and deal with the Zionists together or ignoring religious connection altogether and go hand in hand with Christians and just make the political position of “Jerusalem” to be protracted for ever?

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    The Legacy of War.
    The 3 most evil, savage and deceptive inventions in history: God, the Bible and organized religions
    Maximillien De Lafayette – 2016 –
    Now, we all know that Muslims call their god: Allah (Allahou) Akbar, meaning: Allah is the greatest, the biggest, the superior. And here is the problem according to Jewish scholars; why did the Muslims call their God, “The Superior and the Greatest”? What did the Muslims mean? Is their Allah (God) greater than whom? Superior to whom? Bigger and superior to another god or other gods? Certainly, the Muslims meant that Allah, their God is superior to the God of the Jews and the Christians

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    Mr. Nadvi, you commence by saying that the State of Israel is not a legal one… The State of Israel is the only nation and people who were birthed by God’s spoken word. This is written in the Book of Genesis, Chapter 12, when God calls Abram, who later is identified as Abraham to leave the land of his fathers and go to land that God will show. It was a long journey that took many generations and time.To write on this in detail is too long but you and all interested to KNOW the truth and why Jerusalem is forever and can never be out of the hearts of the Jews, have to read and study. If not, we argue meaninglessly. Israel was a great kingdom during the times of David and Solomon, but several hundred years after Solomon, the Babylonians under Nebuchadnezar destroyed the city and the Holy Temple and took the Jews into captivity. From there, they dispersed all over the world and following the last World War, began returning and continue to return. One can read of these in the Book of Jeremiah, how the city was captured and how the Jews were dragged away and dispersed to all corners of the earth. And God says in Jere. 16: 16, that He will send “many fishermen to fish them out, to be followed by hunters to hunt them and bring them back to the land God gave His people.

    Mr. Navid, I am not in a position to comment on the feasibility of making East Jerusalem the capital of Palestine. But let me leave you with two comments. One is, that if the Palestinians (and the Iranians) declare the right of Israel to exist as a nation, that will be a very good start. Two, the Jews are told to treat all who live in the land with love and respect. God makes no distinction between the Jews and others. That too is clearly said in Jeremiah.

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      Mr. Soysa,
      God makes no didtinction beween Jews and others, you say. But the Israeli state limits its Law of Return to Jews only. Not even former Jews who have converted to other religions are allowed to immigrate. Certainly not Christians (US State Department ) . So, what exactly are you doing ,as a devout Christian, trumpeting the views of the Jewish State?
      Do you hold the Interests of Israel above those of your own God?

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        oldcodger

        “Do you hold the Interests of Israel above those of your own God?”

        In some cases Christians are fanatical supporters of Zionism than any average Jew.
        The parallel can be observed in the Sinhala/Buddhist converts who are fanatical supporters of Sinhala/Buddhism than any average Buddhist or Sinhalese.

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    Author talks of perennial Palestinian conflict. Israel was a Roman colony when crucified Jesus rose from the dead in Jerusalem and in A.D 70 Titus, Roman Army Commander destroyed the Jewish Temple and burnt the city. Under Emperor Hadrian in 135 A.D, last Jewish uprising was squashed. His family name was Aelius and so he renamed Jerusalem as Aelia Capitalina. Mockingly, land of Israel was renamed to honour its enemy the west coast infiltrator Philistines of 5 city Ashdod, Ashkelon, Gaza, Ekron and Gath. The renaming of Israel was PALESTINA (Roman) Most of the Jews were expelled and regathered as Israel only in 1948. Their capital Jerusalem was regained in 1967 in a 6 day war, but Jordan continued to administrate the temple mount, with 2 Arab mosques already in situ. God as Creator of all mankind, loves all and desires their peaceful living as a choice. Jesus is the Prince of Peace and His increasing government knows no end.

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