Friday, February 17, 2017
TRUMPS ADMINISTRATION SAYS THEY WOULD BE HAPPY WITH A ONE OR 2 STATE SOLUTION.WHATEVER ISRAEL DECIDED WITH THE ARAB MURDERERS.
28 And when these things begin to come to pass,(ALL THE PROPHECY SIGNS FROM THE BIBLE) then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption (RAPTURE) draweth nigh.
29 And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree,(ISRAEL) and all the trees;(ALL INDEPENDENT COUNTRIES)
30 When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand.(ISRAEL LITERALLY BECAME AND INDEPENDENT COUNTRY JUST BEFORE SUMMER IN MAY 14,1948.)
3 A fire devoureth (ATOMIC BOMB) before them;(RUSSIAN-ARAB-MUSLIM ARMIES AGAINST ISRAEL) and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them.
30 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.(ATOMIC BOMB AFFECT)
12 And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet,(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB) and their eyes shall consume away in their holes,(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB) and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB)(BECAUSE NUKES HAVE BEEN USED ON ISRAELS ENEMIES)(GOD PROTECTS ISRAEL AND ALWAYS WILL)
13 And it shall come to pass in that day, that a great tumult from the LORD shall be among them; and they shall lay hold every one on the hand of his neighbour, and his hand shall rise up against the hand of his neighbour.(1/2-3 BILLION DIE IN WW3)(THIS IS AN ATOMIC BOMB EFFECT)
47 And say to the forest of the south, Hear the word of the LORD; Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will kindle a fire in thee, and it shall devour every green tree in thee, and every dry tree: the flaming flame shall not be quenched, and all faces from the south to the north shall be burned therein.
18 Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD'S wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land.
1 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven;(FROM ATOMIC BOMBS) and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.
And here are the bounderies of the land that Israel will inherit either through war or peace or God in the future. God says its Israels land and only Israels land. They will have every inch God promised them of this land in the future.
Egypt east of the Nile River, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, The southern part of Turkey and the Western Half of Iraq west of the Euphrates. Gen 13:14-15, Psm 105:9,11, Gen 15:18, Exe 23:31, Num 34:1-12, Josh 1:4.ALL THIS LAND ISRAEL WILL DEFINATELY OWN IN THE FUTURE, ITS ISRAELS NOT ISHMAELS LAND.12 TRIBES INHERIT LAND IN THE FUTURE
HERES MY SUGGESTION FOR THE SEE THREW OUTTER AND INNER FENCES WITH A 5 FOOT NO-GO ZONE IN BETWEEN. WHICH WOULD BE CLASSIFIED AS THE FENCE OR WALL ON MEXICOS BORDER. ON THE OUTSIDE. THERE WILL BE AN 18 FOOT METAL SEE THREW FENCE. THEN THERE WILL BE A 5 FOOT CEMENT OR PAVED OPEN SPACE CALLED A NO-GO ZONE. AND AT THE INNER PART OF THE FENCE. THERE WILL BE A 6 FOOT CHAIN LINK FENCE. THAT NO ONE WILL BE ALLOWED TO CLIMB. AND THERE WILL BE WARNING SIGNS ON THE 6 FOOT CHAIN LINK FENCE. THAT IF YOU CLIMB THIS SMALL FENCE. THEN ENTER THE 5 FOOT CEMENT OR PAVEMENT NO-GO ZONE. YOU WILL BE IN AMERICA ILLEGALLY. AND IF YOU DO NOT GET BACK TO MEXICO. YOU WILL BE SHOT AND KILLED INSTANTLY. AFTER A WARNING TO CLIMB BACK TO MEXICO. AND GET OUT OF THE AMERICA NO-GO ZONE. THE 18 FOOT SEE THREW WALL IS EXTRA PROTECTION. THAT THE ILLEGAL CRIMINALS HAVE TO CLIMB BEFORE THEY GET INTO AMERICA. THIS GIVES THE BORDER POLICE LOTS OF TIME TO GIVE THE ILLEGALS A WARNING BEFORE SHOOTING AND KILLING THEM. FOR TRYING TO GET INTO AMERICA ILLEGALLY. AND EVERY 50 FEET ALONG THAT SEE THREW FENCE OR METAL WALL SHOULD BE A SMALL GUARD POST WITH ONE GUARD IN IT. TO INSURE THERE IS NO POSSIBLE WAY THAT ANY ILLEGAL CAN GET INTO AMERICA. THEY WOULD HAVE TO CLIMB THE 6 FOOT FENCE. THEN INTO THE 5 FOOT PAVED NO-GO ZONE. THEN THEY WOULD HAVE TO CLIMB THE 18 FOOT METAL FENCE YET. WITH GUARDS READY TO KILL INSTANTLY EVERY 50 YARDS. IF THESE ILLEGALS REFUSE TO CLIMB BACK OVER THE 6 FOOT FENCE AND GET BACK TO MEXICO WERE THEY BELONG. AND THIS IS MY TAKE ON HOW THE MEXICO BORDER FENCE-WALL SHOULD BUILT TO STOP ILLEGALS FROM COMING INTO AMERICA.
UPDATE-FEB 16, 2017
TODAY IMMIGRANTS AROUND AMERICA TOOK OFF A DAY OF RAGE AGAINST TRUMPS MUSLIM TRAVEL BAN. I SAY TO THESE IMMIGRANTS. WHY DID USE NOT JUST LEAVE AMERICA. SO AMERICANS COULD TAKE BACK JOBS THAT USE IMMIGRANTS STOLE FROM AMERICANS. AND THE AMERICANS ARE ON WELFARE. AND THE GOVERNMENT GIVES THE JOBS AND BUSINESSES TO IMMIGRANTS INSTEAD. SO IMMIGRANTS WHY DID USE NOT MARCH WITH YOUR SIGNS AND GET OUT OF AMERICA TODAY. AND GET BACK TO THE COUNTRIES USE CAME FROM. IS MY QUESTION? USE WANNA PICKET THE PRESIDENT OF AMERICA. THEN GET OUT OF AMERICA WITH THEM 2 FEET OF YOURS. THERES LOTS OF AIRPLANES AVAILABLE TODAY. OR TRAINS-CARS OR WHATEVER ELSE USE CAN GET OUT OF AMERICA WITH. INSTEAD OF REBELLING AGAINST YOUR PRESIDENT. AND ALSO SPEAKING OF IMMIGRANTS. NEXT WEEK TRUMPS ADMINSTRATION IS REDOING THE EXECUTIVE ORDER. SO IT PASSES THE CONSTITUTION. AND THE BAN WILL GO INTO EFFECT WITH THE CHANGES NEEDED. AS IT SHOULD HAVE THE FIRST TIME.
White House to continue talks on settlement slowdown-After president tells Israeli PM to ‘hold back’ on construction, administration says leaders will try to ‘work out approach consistent with advancing peace, security’-By Eric Cortellessa February 16, 2017, 5:38 am-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL
WASHINGTON — US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will continue trying to reach a mutual understanding on Israeli settlement activity, the administration said Wednesday night, hours after the leaders concluded their first summit since Trump took office last month.In the meeting, the president “reiterated his desire for peace throughout the Middle East” and “a comprehensive agreement that would end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” according to a White House readout of the discussion.But when it came to the contentious issue of Israel’s continued West Bank settlement construction — which Trump told Netanyahu he wanted him to “hold back” in their joint press conference earlier in the day — they have yet to finalize an approach.The two “discussed the issue of Israeli settlement construction,” the White House said, and “agreed to continue those discussions and to work out an approach that is consistent with the goal of advancing peace and security.”The statement comes at the end of a day in which Trump upended two decades of American foreign policy by not expressing a firm committment to the two state-solution.“I’m looking at two states and one state, and I like the one that both parties like,” he said, showing a receptiveness to Netanyahu’s call for a regional initiative that relied on Israel’s improving relationships with Arab countries.In a briefing session with Israeli and international reporters after the meeting, Netanyahu said the Trump administration and Israel “want to reach agreement [on settlements]. We discussed it and will continue to discuss it in order to get to an agreement.” He refused to say whether an agreement was already reached, or whether the sought arrangement could resemble the Bush-Sharon letter in which former US president George W. Bush, in 2004, acknowledged the existence of large Israeli settlement blocs in the West Bank and said it would be “unrealistic to expect that the outcome of final-status negotiations will be a full and complete return to the armistice lines of 1949.”Vowing to build some 6,000 recently announced housing units across settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, Netanyahu also indicated that he would at least consider Trump’s request that he rein in settlement activity.“If there’s a request to examine this issue from so friendly a president, I think it’s appropriate to make the effort,” Netanyahu said in the briefing, adding that while the US and Israel see “eye to eye on the rest of the issues, we must examine any request on this issue because it is in our interest.”On the two-state solution, Netanyahu argued that his positions on Palestinian statehood have not changed since his seminal 2009 speech at Bar-Ilan university, in which he recognized, in principle, a demilitarized Palestinian state that recognized the Jewish state.But, ostensibly following Washington’s lead, the prime minister repeatedly dodged questions during the briefing as to whether his Bar-Ilan speech was still valid or whether he still endorses a Palestinian state.Netanyahu did however say that Israel has no intention of annexing the West Bank and extending citizenship to the millions of Palestinians living there.The prime minister also revealed that he asked the president to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, which Israel annexed in 1981. He did not elaborate on how Trump and his aides responded, but said they did not appear surprised.In their meeting, according to the White House readout, Trump and Netanyahu also discussed the subject most on Netanyahu’s mind — the Iranian threat.Both of them “agreed that the Iran nuclear deal is a terrible deal for the United States, Israel, and the world,” the statement said.“The President assured the Prime Minister that Iran must not, and will not, obtain nuclear weapons capability,” it added. They were also said to discuss the crisis in Syria, the fight against the Islamic State terrorist organization, and promoting Arab-Israeli ties.The White House also said a “working group” will be formed to “focus on enabling the growth of the Palestinian economy,” long a priority of US foreign policy.Raphael Ahren contributed to this report.
Intel agencies keep sensitive information from Trump for fear of leaks — report-US spies withholding intelligence, according to Wall Street Journal, as tensions between intel community, president escalate-By AFP and Times of Israel staff February 16, 2017, 6:44 am
US intelligence agencies have withheld sensitive information from President Donald Trump for fear it could be leaked or otherwise compromised, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday citing current and former US officials familiar with the matter.Trump has repeatedly clashed with the intelligence community, attacking its members and accusing them of leaking information on alleged contacts between members of his team and Russian spies to undermine him.The Wall Street Journal did not specify how many such cases of withheld information occurred but said that in some of the cases, intelliegnce officials decided not to disclose to the president some of the methods employed to collect the intelligence or detail their sources.The Journal said that while it’s not unusual to withhold methods or sources, previous cases have not been motivated by distrust or a fear of leaks.The officials cites by the paper said they know of no instance where crucial information regarding security threats has been held back from the president.Earlier Wednesday, Trump dodged questions about ties with Russia, after the New York Times reported that some top aides during the campaign had frequent contact with Russian intelligence officials in the run-up to his shock election victory last year.In the morning, he took to Twitter to rail against intelligence leaks and defend the national security advisor he just fired, as the crisis engulfed his fledgling administration.The 70-year-old president accused his own intelligence community of being behind the leaks, directly pointing the finger at the National Security Agency and the FBI.“This Russian connection non-sense is merely an attempt to cover-up the many mistakes made in Hillary Clinton’s losing campaign,” Trump said in one tweet.This Russian connection non-sense is merely an attempt to cover-up the many mistakes made in Hillary Clinton's losing campaign.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 15, 2017-“The real scandal here is that classified information is illegally given out by ‘intelligence’ like candy. Very un-American!”The fake news media is going crazy with their conspiracy theories and blind hatred. @MSNBC & @CNN are unwatchable. @foxandfriends is great!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 15, 2017-Information is being illegally given to the failing @nytimes & @washingtonpost by the intelligence community (NSA and FBI?).Just like Russia-— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 15, 2017-At a press conference with visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Trump called on journalists sympathetic to his administration in order to dodge tough questions about his aides’ ties to Moscow.He addressed the high-profile sacking of national security advisor Michael Flynn — only to blame reporters for what he called the mistreatment of his former aide.“I think he’s been treated very, very unfairly by the media, as I call it, the fake media in many cases,” he said.Trump demanded Flynn’s resignation Monday, after wiretaps showed he falsely claimed he did not discuss sanctions policy with Russia’s ambassador to Washington.Since then, Trump’s administration has been shaken by new reports of high-level Russian contacts with his aides and associates during the 2016 presidential campaign.Among those picked up on the calls was Paul Manafort, a Trump campaign chairman who had worked as a political consultant in Ukraine, The New York Times said. Manafort called the report “absurd.”Russia has also dismissed the report.The revelations have infuriated Democrats and unsettled Republican leaders wary about Trump’s professed desire for better relations with Moscow.“This ongoing story is a perfect piece of evidence as to why we should not trust Russia,” House Speaker Paul Ryan said.Republican and Democratic lawmakers have now called for an investigation into what happened, although they differ on the scope and powers of the probe.Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren insisted that Trump “owes Americans a full account” of his campaign and administration’s dealings with Moscow.The Senate’s top Republican Mitch McConnell said it was “highly likely” that Flynn would have to testify before an intelligence panel.Hawkish Republican Senator Lindsey Graham minced no words in describing the seriousness of the crisis.“It is a cloud over the White House,” said Graham, who has called for in-depth investigations.-‘Trust issue’-In January, US intelligence agencies released a declassified report concluding that Russian President Vladimir Putin personally ordered a wide-ranging campaign to disrupt and ultimately influence the US election in Trump’s favor.The issue reignited following disclosures that Flynn, a retired general and former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, made five phone calls with Russian envoy Sergey Kislyak on December 29.That was the day outgoing president Barack Obama launched retaliatory sanctions against Russia for election meddling.When the calls came to light, Flynn denied to Vice President Mike Pence and other White House officials that he had discussed the sanctions with Kislyak, and Pence repeated the denial in a television interview January 15.On January 26, acting attorney general Sally Yates informed the White House legal counsel that intelligence intercepts show that Flynn lied about the nature of the call, the White House acknowledged Tuesday.Spokesman Sean Spicer said Trump was told about the intercepts immediately. But Pence was kept out of the loop for two weeks.In a show of bipartisan cooperation, the top Republican and Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee asked the Justice Department for a briefing and data related to Flynn’s Russia contacts.“We similarly request copies of the transcripts of Mr. Flynn’s intercepted calls and the FBI report summarizing the intercepted calls,” committee chairman Chuck Grassley and Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein wrote to Attorney General Jeff Sessions.The White House insists Flynn was not acting on Trump’s instructions when he discussed sanctions with Kislyak, but questions have been raised about why Trump took so long to fire Flynn.The White House counsel “determined that there is not an illegal issue, but rather a trust issue,” Spicer said.
LAND FOR PEACE (THE FUTURE 7 YEARS OF HELL ON EARTH)
2 I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people(ISRAEL) and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.(UPROOTED ISRAELIS AND DIVIDED JERUSALEM)(THIS BRINGS ON WW3 BECAUSE JERUSALEM IS DIVIDED,WARNING TO ARABS-MUSLIMS AND THE WORLD).
THE WEEK OF DANIEL 9:27 WE KNOW ITS 7 YRS
Heres the scripture 1 week = 7 yrs Genesis 29:27-29
27 Fulfil her week, and we will give thee this also for the service which thou shalt serve with me yet seven other years.
28 And Jacob did so, and fulfilled her week:(7 YEARS) and he gave him Rachel his daughter to wife also.
29 And Laban gave to Rachel his daughter Bilhah his handmaid to be her maid.
21 And in his estate shall stand up a vile person, to whom they shall not give the honour of the kingdom: but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries.
23 And after the league made with him he shall work deceitfully: for he shall come up, and shall become strong with a small people.
24 He shall enter peaceably even upon the fattest places of the province; and he shall do that which his fathers have not done, nor his fathers' fathers; he shall scatter among them the prey, and spoil, and riches: yea, and he shall forecast his devices against the strong holds, even for a time.
26 And after threescore and two weeks(62X7=434 YEARS+7X7=49 YEARS=TOTAL OF 69 WEEKS OR 483 YRS) shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary;(ROMAN LEADERS DESTROYED THE 2ND TEMPLE) and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.(THERE HAS TO BE 70 WEEKS OR 490 YRS TO FUFILL THE VISION AND PROPHECY OF DAN 9:24).(THE NEXT VERSE IS THAT 7 YR WEEK OR (70TH FINAL WEEK).
27 And he ( THE ROMAN,EU PRESIDENT) shall confirm the covenant (PEACE TREATY) with many for one week:(1X7=7 YEARS) and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease,(3 1/2 yrs in TEMPLE ANIMAL SACRIFICES STOPPED) and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
14 They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.
11 For they have healed the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.
1 THESSALONIANS 5:3
3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
8 The highways lie waste, the wayfaring man ceaseth: he hath broken the covenant,(7 YR TREATY) he hath despised the cities, he regardeth no man.(THE WORLD LEADER-WAR MONGER CALLS HIMSELF GOD)
20 And Isaac was forty years old (A BIBLE GENERATION NUMBER=1967 + 40=2007+) when he took Rebekah to wife, the daughter of Bethuel the Syrian of Padanaram, the sister to Laban the Syrian.
21 And Isaac intreated the LORD for his wife, because she was barren: and the LORD was intreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived.
22 And the children (2 NATIONS IN HER-ISRAEL-ARABS) struggled together within her; and she said, If it be so, why am I thus? And she went to enquire of the LORD.
23 And the LORD said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels;(ISRAEL AND THE ARABS) and the one people shall be stronger than the other people;(ISRAEL STRONGER THAN ARABS) and the elder shall serve the younger.(LITERALLY ISRAEL THE YOUNGER RULES (ISSAC)(JACOB-LATER NAME CHANGED TO ISRAEL) OVER THE OLDER ARABS (ISHMAEL)(ESAU)
24 And when her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, there were twins in her womb.
25 And the first came out red, all over like an hairy garment; and they called his name Esau.(THE OLDER AN ARAB)
26 And after that came his brother out, and his hand took hold on Esau's heel; and his name was called Jacob:(THE YOUNGER-ISRAELI) and Isaac was threescore (60) years old when she bare them.(1967 + 60=2027)(COULD BE THE LAST GENERATION WHEN JERUSALEM IS DIVIDED AMOUNG THE 2 TWINS)(THE 2 TWINS WANT JERUSALEM-THE DIVISION OF JERUSALEM TODAY)(AND WHOS IN CONTROL OF JERUSALEM TODAY-THE YOUNGER ISSAC-JACOB-ISRAEL)(AND WHO WANTS JERUSALEM DIVIDED-THE OLDER,ESAU-ISHMAEL (THE ARABS)
ZECHARIAH 12:1-5 King James Bible
1 The burden of the word of the LORD for Israel, saith the LORD, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him.
2 Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem.
3 And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.
4 In that day, saith the LORD, I will smite every horse with astonishment, and his rider with madness: and I will open mine eyes upon the house of Judah, and will smite every horse of the people with blindness.
ISAIAH 28:14-19 (THIS IS THE 7 YR TREATY COVENANT OF DANIEL 9:27)
14 Wherefore hear the word of the LORD, ye scornful men, that rule this people which is in Jerusalem.
15 Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves:
16 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.
17 Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place.
18 And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it.
19 From the time that it goeth forth it shall take you: for morning by morning shall it pass over, by day and by night: and it shall be a vexation only to understand the report.
YES FINALLY A ADMINISTRATION THAT SAYS WHATEVER ISRAEL WANTS IN PEACE WILL BE ACCOPLISHED. A ONE OR 2 STATE SOLUTION. WHATEVER BOTH PARTIES AGREE ON-SAYS TRUMP AT YESTERDAYS ISRAEL-USA MEETING AT THE WHITE HOUSE WITH BENJAMIN NETANYAHU.
US papers slam Trump’s ‘absurd,’ ‘nonsensical’ retreat from two-state plan-Leading dailies say ‘naive’ president can’t reach peace, will only make region more dangerous-By Stuart Winer and Times of Israel staff February 16, 2017, 10:23 am
Leading US newspapers took US President Donald Trump to task on Thursday over his comments the day before in which he declared that the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict may not be the only way forward and that he was prepared to consider other options — including a one-state formula — if it was accepted by the two sides.In a barrage of editorials, the New York Times, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times described Trump’s statements as “nonsensical,” the idea of a one state solution as “absurd” and said that by withdrawing from decades-old US policy the president was instead increasing the chances of violent conflict.The editorials, coming as much of the US media was focused on reported ties between Trump officials and the Kremlin and the resignation of national security adviser Michael Flynn, suggested that Trump’s pullback from the two-state solution had managed to hoist the issue near the top of a list of concerns for many in the US.Standing alongside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a press conference in the White House before the two men met on Wednesday, Trump had bucked America’s longstanding commitment to a two-state solution.“I’m looking at two states and one state, and I like the one that both parties like,” he said, showing receptiveness to Netanyahu’s call for a regional initiative that relied on Israel’s improving relationships with Arab countries.Trump said the two have been discussing a regional deal, and noted it “would take in many many countries.”The comments came amid renewed speculation that Sunni Arab states would be prepared to work with Israel in light of regional opposition to Iran.A New York Times editorial called Trump‘s statement “nonsensical” and “dangerous.”“He offered no details on any peace initiative, and the vagueness of his remarks suggests he has no inkling of how to move forward. His willingness, however, to lend credence to those who would deny a separate state to the Palestinians will certainly make peace harder to achieve,” the editorial board wrote.“Given what Mr. Trump said on Wednesday, there is less reason than ever to believe that he can succeed where so many other presidents have failed,” the editorial concluded.The Washington Post described Trump’s shift in policy as “a dangerous retreat” that made the chances for peace even less likely “and increased the chances that one of the few relatively peaceful corners of the region will return to conflict.”There is, the editorial noted, “no workable one-state formula” in which Israel can be both a Jewish state and democratic.Trump, by adopting a regional plan initiative that bypasses the Palestinians, is being “naive” and is setting himself up for “diplomatic failure,” the paper wrote.Both papers credited Trump for trying to rein in Israel’s settlement expansion, which was given a boost from recent announcements to construct thousands of housing units in West Bank settlements.During their press conference together Trump issued a good-humored warning to Netanyahu over his government’s continued West Bank settlement construction, turning to the Israeli premier and saying, “I’d like you to hold off on settlements for a little bit.”The LA Times said that Trump had “demolished” the two-state solution and described the idea of Israelis and Palestinians agreeing to a one-state solution as “absurd.”“A single state that would be agreeable to both sides isn’t the ‘ultimate deal’ of Trump’s imaginings; it’s the ultimate fantasy,” the newspaper said.Following Trump’s statement, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said he would stay committed to working with Trump on a two-state solution. However, in Israel and elsewhere, many saw his words as the death knell of the formula, which has been adopted by the US and international community as the sole way forward for the better part of half a century.In a briefing after his meeting with Trump, Netanyahu did not explicitly renounce his own commitment to a two-state solution, arguing that his position “hasn’t changed” since his seminal 2009 speech on the matter. He also avoided explicitly mentioning Palestinian statehood.However, the prime minister repeatedly dodged questions as to whether his Bar-Ilan speech stance was still valid or whether he still endorses a Palestinian state.Netanyahu also indicated a willingness to consider the US president’s call to rein in settlement construction. Later, however, Netanyahu’s office issued a statement saying he did no such thing.Raphael Ahren and Eric Cortellessa contributed to this report.
Netanyahu talks Iran, Palestinians with congressional leaders-Following White House meeting, prime minister sits down with lawmakers from both sides of aisle, including head of panel set to grill Trump’s Israel envoy pick-By Times of Israel staff February 16, 2017, 8:39 am
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held talks with senior congressional figures on a range of Middle East security issues Wednesday, hours after meeting with US President Donald Trump.Netanyahu met with Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer, House Speaker Paul Ryan, House majority leader Kevin McCarthy, House minority leader Nancy Pelosi and House minority whip Steny Hoyer in a series of sit-downs.“The prime minister discussed the issues of Iran, Syria, Hezbollah and the Palestinians,” Netanyahu’s office said in a statement.In a statement, Ryan said the two had spoken about “the need to hold Iran accountable for its actions, bolster Israel’s qualitative military edge, and push back against international efforts to delegitimize the Jewish state.”“Prime Minister Netanyahu and I redoubled our commitment to strengthening the historic alliance between the United States and Israel,” Ryan said in the statement.No statements were issued from the other meetings, which were held behind closed doors.Netanyahu also met with Republicans Lindsey Graham, John McCain, and Bob Corker, who heads the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.On Thursday, Corker’s panel will grill Trump’s nominee for ambassador to Israel David Friedman, amid a flurry of criticism over Friedman’s support for Israeli settlement building.Netanyahu is slated to meet with Vice President Mike Pence Thursday morning before boarding a plane back to Israel later in the day.
Some Jewish groups express dismay as Trump says he can ‘live with’ one-state solution-Organizations reaffirm support for two states as White House signals it’s not expressly committed to particular outcome-By JTA February 16, 2017, 4:32 am-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL
Liberal and centrist American Jewish groups expressed dismay following remarks by President Donald Trump that he “can live with” a one-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.Speaking Wednesday at a White House news conference prior to closed-door meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Trump was asked if he were “backing off” from the two-state solution, a pillar of US policy under at least three former presidents.“So, I’m looking at two-state and one-state and I like the one that both parties like,” Trump replied, going on to refer to Netanyahu by his nickname. “I’m very happy with the one that both parties like. I can live with either one. I thought for a while the two-state looked like it may be the easier of the two but honestly, if Bibi and if the Palestinians — if Israel and the Palestinians are happy, I’m happy with the one they like the best.”The Reform movement called Trump’s response “potentially devastating to the prospects for peace and Israel’s Jewish, democratic future.”“The question is: can Israelis and Palestinians live with it in a way that allows for a Jewish, democratic State of Israel and realization of the legitimate rights and aspirations of the Palestinians,” Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union for Reform Judaism, said in a statement. “Only a two-state solution can achieve the goals of the Israelis and Palestinians.”The American Jewish Committee, while welcoming the “spirit of cooperation and friendship expressed at the press conference,” also reaffirmed its support for a two-state solution. Its statement quoted from a policy issued by the AJC National Board of Governors in December reasserting that “a two-state solution is the only realistic resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as established through direct bilateral negotiations between the parties themselves.”Trump’s comment came days after a senior White House official said a two-state solution was not a necessary outcome of peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians. If formalized, it would represent an official retreat from US policy since 2002, when President George W. Bush said Palestinian statehood was a goal of peace talks. A two-state outcome was also the implied policy of Bush’s predecessor, President Bill Clinton.Israelis and Palestinians have different conceptions of — and fears about — a “one-state” solution. The pro-Palestinian movement has promoted the idea of a single binational state of Jewish and Palestinian citizens, which many Israelis warn would erase the Jewish majority in Israel. The right-wing in Israel has spoken of annexing most or all of the West Bank, but without extending citizenship to the Palestinians living there.“The only alternative to that [two-state] outcome is one bi-national state and increased violence, with tragic consequences similar to the recent war in Syria,” Ami Ayalon, Gilead Sher and Orni Petruschka wrote in an op-ed in USA Today on Tuesday. The authors are principals of the Israeli nonpartisan organization Blue White Future.Rep. Nita M. Lowey, D-N.Y., the ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, also urged the president to reaffirm a policy that “secures two states for two peoples — a democratic, Jewish state of Israel and a democratic, Palestinian state.”“Today President Trump refused to lend his voice toward this goal. Not only were his remarks shameful, they were short-sighted,” she said in a statement. “A two-state solution for Israelis and Palestinians is the only means to ensure Israel’s long-term security and enable Palestinian aspirations for their own state. That is why Presidents from both parties, the vast majorities of the House and Senate, and the American people have consistently supported this objective, and why President Trump must as well.”In its statement on Wednesday’s meeting, the Republican Jewish Coalition did not mention the president’s remarks on one- or -two-state solutions.“Today’s meeting between President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu is a welcome sign that a new era has arrived for United States-Israel relations,” the RJC said. “It is in the interests of both our nations’ securities that we recognize the fundamental challenges facing the region, and their root causes. Whether it’s preventing a nuclear Iran, or the responsibilities of the Palestinians to come to the negotiating table in order to reach peace, we will only achieve our mutual goals if we stand united in the process. Thankfully, it’s clear that going forward there will be no daylight between the US and our closest ally in the Middle East.”World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder welcomed the meeting as “extremely positive” and called it “an encouraging sign that the historic alliance between Israel and the United States is back on strong footing.”
I don't want to annex close to 2.5 millions Palestinians to Israel'-While refusing to endorse two-state solution, Netanyahu says Israel won’t annex West Bank-In briefing after talks with Trump, PM says he requested US recognize Israeli annexation of Golan, indicates a willingness to discuss reining in settlements, though his office later denies this-By Raphael Ahren February 16, 2017, 12:34 am-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL
WASHINGTON — While adamantly refusing to endorse a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday that he does not intend to annex the West Bank and offer Israeli citizenship to the millions of Palestinians living there.In a briefing after his meeting with Donald Trump on Wednesday, Netanyahu also indicated a willingness to consider the US president’s call to rein in settlement construction. Later, however, Netanyahu’s office issued a statement saying he did no such thing.“I said it before, and I will repeat it here again: I don’t want to annex close to 2.5 millions Palestinians to Israel. I do not want them to be our subjects,” Netanyahu told Israeli and international reporters shortly after he left the White House following his first meeting with Trump.At the same time, Netanyahu revealed that he asked the president to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, which Israel annexed in 1981. He refused to disclose how Trump and his aides responded, but said they did not appear surprised.Echoing his remarks from a joint press conference with Trump earlier, Netanyahu argued that his positions on Palestinian statehood have not changed since his 2009 speech at Bar-Ilan university, in which he recognized, in principle, a demilitarized Palestinian state that recognized the Jewish state.During the post-White House briefing at the Blair House, however, the prime minister repeatedly dodged questions as to whether his Bar-Ilan speech was still valid or whether he still endorses a Palestinian state.Asked if the two-state solution is dead, Netanyahu said that depended on how one defined the term. “Abu Mazen [Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas] doesn’t recognize Israel as a Jewish state and continues to talk about the ‘right of return’ and does not agree to the IDF having full security control [over the West Bank]. That is his policy, and it is unacceptable to us.”Lamenting the use of “labels,” such as two-state solution or one-state solution, Netanyahu insisted that his positions regarding Palestinian statehood have not changed at all. “I have been very consistent about that,” he said.Netanyahu’s apparent distancing from the two-state solution came a day after the White House said a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict did not have to come in that form and that the president will not insist on it.Trump said Wednesday that he believed a peace deal was possible, but indicated that he was not going to tell Israelis or Palestinians how to reach it. “I’m looking at two states and one state, and I like the one that both parties like,” he said, showing receptiveness to Netanyahu’s call for a regional initiative that relied on Israel’s improving relationships with Arab countries.During their meeting, Netanyahu said he and Trump discussed the issue of West Bank settlements, but indicated that the two leaders have yet to reach an agreement on the issue.Earlier on Wednesday, Trump had turned to Netanyahu during their joint press conference and issued a gently worded warning to the Israeli leader over his government’s continued West Bank settlement construction, telling him, “I’d like you to hold off on settlements for a little bit.”Netanyahu told reporters Wednesday that the Trump administration and Israel “want to reach agreement [on settlements]. We discussed it and will continue to discuss it in order to get to an agreement.” He refused to say whether an agreement was already reached, or whether the sought arrangement could resemble the Bush-Sharon letter in which former US president George W. Bush, in 2004, acknowledged the existence of large Israeli settlement blocs in the West Bank and said it would be “unrealistic to expect that the outcome of final-status negotiations will be a full and complete return to the armistice lines of 1949.”In that letter, Bush also declared that “any final status agreement will only be achieved on the basis of mutually agreed changes that reflect these realities.”Netanyahu did say that recently announced plans for some 6,000 housing units in various settlements across the West Bank and in East Jerusalem would still go ahead. However, he was hesitant to talk about the establishment of a new settlement, which he promised the settler community as compensation for Amona, an illegal outpost that was evacuated last month due to a court order that determined it was built on private Palestinian land. And he indicated that he would at least consider Trump’s request that he rein in settlements.Plans for a new settlement were “still being negotiated,” Netanyahu said, but “if there’s a request to examine this issue from so friendly a president, I think it’s appropriate to make the effort.”“In Jerusalem, we’ll continue to build, and everything we’ve already announced will be built. But, on the rest, we need to discuss [it] and reach an agreement,” Netanyahu said, adding that while the US and Israel see “eye to eye on the rest of the issues, we must examine any request on this issue because it is in our interest.”Later, however, his office issued a short statement asserting that “there are inaccurate headlines [appearing on this issue]. The prime minister did not say that he was prepared to discuss reining in construction.”On the question of moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Netanyahu said he told Trump that he firmly supports the move, but that Trump said he was thoroughly examining the matter. “He heard our position, which was definitive. He wants time to check the issue,” said the prime minister.Netanyahu also said he and Trump discussed “at great length” regional challenges, especially the Iran nuclear agreement and the regime’s increasing aggression and the Syrian civil war, though he refused to divulge details.“The president repeated in private what he also said publicly, that this is a terrible deal and that he’s committed to preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon,” Netanyahu said. “We agreed to cooperate in confronting Iranian aggression in the region.”During their joint appearance in the White House’s East Room, Trump called the 2015 Iranian nuclear pact “one of the worst deals I’ve ever seen” but stopped short of calling for its cancellation.“My administration has already imposed new sanctions on Iran, and I will do more to prevent Iran from ever developing — I mean ever — a nuclear weapon,” Trump said.Netanyahu told the journalists at the Blair House that Tehran would be able to develop many nuclear weapons once the deal expires, and that it was his goal to prevent such an outcome.“There are a variety of ways to go about that, and I discussed them at great length with the president,” he said, without elaboration.The prime minister hailed Trump as a staunch ally of Israel and the best friend the Jewish people could wish for. He rejected concerns over the White House’s International Holocaust Remembrance Day statement last month, which failed to mention the Jewish people, as misplaced.“There is no doubt that the president and his team understand very well the significance of the Holocaust as an attempt to annihilate the Jewish people, and that they fully appreciate the centrality of the Holocaust in Jewish life,” he said.
I'm looking at two states and one state, and I like the one that both parties like'-Trump rolls back US obligation to two states, but vows to pursue a ‘great peace deal’-At White House press conference with Netanyahu, US president expresses enthusiasm for a regional initiative involving Arab states-By Eric Cortellessa and Raphael Ahren February 15, 2017, 8:16 pm-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL
WASHINGTON — US President Donald Trump bucked America’s longstanding commitment to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict Wednesday, standing alongside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a press conference in the White House.“I’m looking at two states and one state, and I like the one that both parties like,” he said, showing receptiveness to Netanyahu’s call for a regional initiative that relied on Israel’s improving relationships with Arab countries.“The United States will encourage a peace, and really a great peace deal,” said Trump, and added that the matter was “important to me personally.”While Netanyahu did not explicitly renounce his own commitment to a two-state solution, arguing that his position “hasn’t changed” since his seminal 2009 speech on the matter, he also avoided explicitly mentioning Palestinian statehood.During the press conference, which was rife with mutual praise, Trump also vowed to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, calling the 2015 deal between the Iranian regime and world powers one of the “worst” he’d ever seen.“My administration has already imposed new sanctions on Iran, and I will do more to prevent Iran from ever developing — I mean ever — a nuclear weapon” he said, after greeting “my friend” Netanyahu and lauding the “unbreakable bond with our cherished ally.”Israel and the US, he said, enjoyed a partnership based on shared values and a commitment to advancing “the cause of human dignity.”“American and Israel are two countries that cherish the value of all human life,” he said, noting that that was one of the reasons why he rejected the “very very unfair” treatment of Israel at the UN, as well as efforts to boycott the Jewish state.“I want the Israeli people to know that the United States stands with Israel in the struggle against terrorism,” Trump said.Addressing negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, he said the US would “encourage, really, a great peace deal…. but it is the parties themselves that must directly negotiate.“Both sides will have to make compromises. You know that, right?” he said, turning to Netanyahu. “We’ll talk,” the prime minister replied.At another point in the press conference, Trump also issued a good-humored warning to Netanyahu over his government’s continued West Bank settlement construction, turning again to the Israeli premier and saying, “I’d like you to hold off on settlements for a little bit.”The prime minister argued that settlements were not at the core of the conflict, and said that Israel and the US would try to coordinate their positions “so that we don’t bump into each other on this every time.”Asked what compromises he had in mind for the two parties, Trump said the Israelis would “have to show some flexibility” and demonstrate their genuine commitment to an agreement. Meanwhile, Palestinians would have to address incitement.“I think the Palestinians have to get rid of some of that hate they’re taught from a very young age,” he said. “They have to acknowledge Israel. They have to do that.”Speaking after Trump, Netanyahu repeated his long-held demands of the Palestinians, including recognition of Israel as a Jewish state and demilitarization, and accused Ramallah of paying lip service to negotiations.“Not only have I not abandoned these prerequisites of peace, but they have gotten stronger,” he said, asserting the Jewish historical right to the West Bank while accusing the Palestinians of glorifying terrorism.“We have to look at new ways” to reach peace, he said, and called for a “regional” approach that included Arab states. Netanyahu noted that he would discuss such an initiative with Trump.“Let us seize this moment together,” he said, to pursue, “new avenues” for peace.In response, Trump said the two have been discussing a regional deal, and noted it “would take in many many countries.”“I didn’t know you were going to be mentioning it, but now that you did, it’s a terrific thing,” he said. The two men’s comments came amid renewed speculation that Sunni Arab states would be prepared to work with Israel in the face of regional opposition to Iran.Earlier in the press conference, Netanyahu described the relationship between Jerusalem and Washington in glowing terms.“Israel has no better ally than the United States, and the United States has no better ally than Israel. Our alliance has been remarkably strong,” he said, adding that he was convinced that under Trump the relationship would get “even stronger.Netanyahu also vaunted Trump’s “clarity” on the danger of Islamic terrorism. “Israel stands with you and I stand with you” in the fight against “militant Islam,” he said.Trump, who promised during the US presidential campaign to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, said he would “love to see that happen.”“We’re looking at it very, very strongly,” he said. “We’re looking at it with great care. Believe me. We’ll see what happens. Okay?”Israel, which annexed East Jerusalem after capturing it in the 1967 Six Day War, declared the city its united capital in 1980. But no US president has recognized it as such, despite a law passed by Congress in 1995 requiring that the embassy be moved to Jerusalem.At one point, an Israeli reporter asked Trump about rising anti-Semitism in the US in the wake of his election, and the support the president enjoyed among “xenophobic” elements in the US.“We are very honored by the victory we had — 306 electoral college votes. We were not supposed to crack 220,” Trump responded. “There’s tremendous enthusiasm out there.”He then promised that his administration would do everything in its power “to stop long-simmering racism,” though he didn’t explicitly mention anti-Semitism and asserted the US was divided long before he came along.Trump also mentioned the fact that his daughter Ivanka is Jewish.“You will see a very different America,” he promised. “You’re going to see a lot of love.”Netanyahu also addressed the question about anti-Semitism, maintaining that “there is no greater supporter of the Jewish people and the Jewish state” than Trump.In response to question on anti-Semitism in U.S., Trump touts election victory: "We are going to have peace" https://t.co/JRbZXUWU7C— NBC News (@NBCNews) February 15, 2017-Elie Leshem, Joshua Davidovich, Marissa Newman and AFP contributed to this report.
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