US Court Of Appeals To Consider Motion To Block Trump Aid To Israel

A Washington DC Court of Appeals has been served with an emergency motion asking an injunction on the immanent transfer of US foreign military assistance to Israel, which was hidden in the law signed by President Donald Trump on May 5 which was supposed to “keep the US government running” until September.
According to a press release issued by the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy (IRMEP) director Grant Smith, Trump’s “temporary spending measure designed to keep the US government running until September” included a $3.7 billion in foreign aid to Israel.
“The President signed into law $3.7 billion in foreign aid to Israel that does not comply with the Arms Export Control Act because of the unlawful ‘nuclear ambiguity’ policy which both the U.S. Government and Israel follows, the motion reads.
Smith went on to point out that Senator Chuck Schumer openly told reporters at a National Press Club Briefing in February this year that “It is a well-known fact that Israel has nuclear weapons, but the Israeli government doesn’t officially talk about what kinds of weapons and where, et cetera.”
The $1 trillion spending measure cleared both houses of Congress this past week and Trump signed it into law behind closed doors at his home in central New Jersey, well ahead of a midnight Friday deadline for some government operations to begin shutting down.
In his urgent application, Smith argued that Israel’s nuclear weapons program requires either that the aid be withheld, or that long-neglected special procedures under the Arms Export Control Act be followed.
“The Trump administration has not issued required special waivers, as has been done for Pakistan and other nuclear weapons countries, that would make the aid legal under the Symington & Glenn Amendments,” the statement continued.
“Senator Stuart Symington (1901-1988), in legislating prohibitions on foreign aid to covert nuclear powers said ‘if you wish to take the dangerous and costly steps necessary to achieve a nuclear weapons option, you cannot expect the United States to help underwrite that effort indirectly or directly,’” Smith said.
The Symington & Glenn provisions of the Arms Export Control Act, which forbid U.S. foreign aid to nuclear weapons states that are not signatories to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). Israel has consistently refused to sign the NPT.
Therefore, the motion says, “this court should enjoin the defendants [the US Government] from unlawfully distributing foreign aid funding to Israel during the pendency of this appeal.”

Bennett– ‘Israel must ditch ‘bunker’ diplomacy, or have its fate decided by others’

As Trump prepares to renew peace push, Jewish Home leader urges renouncement of two-state support and a new vision for Mideast

ed note–if ever there were a 1:1 ratio comparison of one of yesteryear’s Zealots or Siccari, it is Bennett, who by comparison makes Netanyahu look like Mother Theresa (no disrespect intended Mother Theresa, my you rest in peace). The same individual who once boasted with a smile on his face ‘I’ve killed lots of Arabs in my lifetime and I have no problem with that’, he is the face of militant, undiluted, HONEST Judaism with which Trump & co must contend in the concerted effort to try and bring this nuclear reactor known as the Jewish state that is about to go critical under control before everything blows.

All can rest assured that if in some fashion Trump & co DO manage to get a leash around Netanyahu’s neck and rein him in, that in some fashion Bennett & co will go their ‘own way’ in unleashing some kind of ‘bold alternative plan’–using Bennett’s words in this piece–of false flag terror against the US and the West to be then blamed on the Palestinians.

Times of Israel

Ahead of US President Donald Trump’s trip to Israel, Jewish Home party leader Naftali Bennett on Saturday warned that Jerusalem must present its own vision for the future of the Middle East, or risk the country’s fate being decided by others.

On Friday US National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster told reporters during a daily press briefing in Washington that Trump will work toward a “just and lasting peace” between Israel and the Palestinians on his upcoming trip to the region. McMaster added that Trump will meet again with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, and will “express his desire for dignity and self-determination for the Palestinians.”

Responding to those comments, Bennett, a top coalition partner of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, called for explicit withdrawal of Israeli support for the two-state solution and the presentation of a bold alternative plan.

“We cannot continue to run a ‘bunker’ policy, or Israel’s fate will be decided by others,” he said.

Referencing Netanyahu’s seminal 2009 address at Bar-Ilan University, in which the prime minister expressed support for two states, Bennett claimed the speech and its acknowledgement of Palestinian national aspirations had “brought upon us boycotts, terrorism and a serious demographic threat. It is now time to revoke it.”

The education minister charted two possible paths ahead. The first was “the continuation of the Bar-Ilan policy that champions the establishment of a second Palestine, in addition to the one in Gaza,” which he called “a failed messianic formula that has so far led to bloodshed, diplomatic deterioration and will bring about a demographic catastrophe.”

The second, he suggested, was for the Jewish state to present a new initiative, based on economic development, which would see Israel “enacting its sovereignty on the Israeli parts of Judea and Samaria,” the “stabilization of the Gaza Strip” and the reinforcement of Israel as a pillar of security, intelligence and economic (strength) in the region.”

Bennett’s comments appeared to reflect growing concern in the Israeli right that, rather than allowing Israel to operate with impunity in the region as some had initially hoped he would, Trump is intent on pursuing regional peace, while reinstating Abbas at the center of the diplomatic stage.

Netanyahu has appeared reluctant to pursue new peace talks, but has been careful not to be seen as an obstructionist. This week he declared his support for Trump’s efforts.

Responding to Bennett’s comments, the prime minister’s Likud party said they were “an example of bizarre self-flagellation… The boycotts against Israel are the result of opposition to the very existence of a Jewish state and nothing else. It is Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who fights for the acceptance of the Jewish state around the world.”

Zionist Union leader Isaac Herzog said earlier in the day that Trump’s Special Envoy for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt had “unequivocally” stressed to him that the White House is striving to achieve a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians.

Herzog dubbed Trump’s upcoming visit to Israel as a “tiebreaker,” adding that it was now up to Netanyahu to decide whether to cooperate with the Trump administration to try to reach a deal.

“Netanyahu has to decide whether he is working for the people of Israel or working for [Coalition chairman David] Bitan and [Culture Minister Miri] Regev,” Herzog said, referring to two Likud MKs with a hawkish stance on matters concerning the Palestinians.

Herzog promised opposition support if Netanyahu, who heads a multi-party coalition, does attempt to make substantive progress with the Palestinians.

Trump’s incoming Ambassador to Israel David Friedman also told Israeli diplomats that Trump is intent on reaching a peace deal, and urged them to cooperate and aid the president in his endeavor, Haaretz reported Friday.

An Israeli government source told the newspaper that Friedman claimed Trump’s enthusiasm for relaunching the peace process presented a great opportunity for the Jewish state, and advised officials to avoid confrontation with the president over the matter. However, Friedman has also advised Trump that the prospects of achieving peace at present are low, two people who spoke with the envoy said.

Trump’s visit to Israel, which was officially announced last week, will take place from May 22 to 23 — just before Jerusalem Day — after he stops in Saudi Arabia and before he goes on to the Vatican. He will also travel to Brussels and Sicily for NATO and G7 summits on the final leg of his first foreign trip.

There has been speculation since Trump’s travel plans were announced that he would seek to facilitate a trilateral meeting with Netanyahu and Abbas. When McMaster was asked if such a plan was in the works, he demurred. “It will be up to the president and those leaders,” he said.

Trump has already hosted both Netanyahu and Abbas at the White House, expressing optimism in his ability to succeed in brokering a peace deal where his three immediate predecessors have failed.

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