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Group of 60 US organizations pressures Trump to move Embassy to Jerusalem with no delays or preconditions – Israel National News
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US organizations pressure Trump to move Embassy
Group of 60 US organizations pressures Trump to move Embassy to Jerusalem with no delays or preconditions
Israel National News
An unprecedented coalition of Christian American pro-Israel organizations, representing millions of US citizens, called on US President Donald Trump to announce the US Embassy’s move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem during his upcoming visit.
Trump is scheduled to arrive in Israel on May 22.
“We cannot continue blocking the law requiring the US Embassy to be moved to Jerusalem, or to make the move conditional on future peace deals,” the coalition said in a statement.
The coalition is an initiative of the International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem (ICEJ).
The ICEJ is the largest Christian Zionist organization in the world, and includes 60 evangelical and pro-Israel organizations in the US.
In their letter, ICEJ organizations demand Trump keep his promise to move the US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
“Many of the voters in our organizations voted for you because of this promise,” the letter explained. “Now we are asking you to send an early and clear message to your government that the US will honor and support its only true democratic partner in the Middle East, by recognizing Jerusalem as their capital and immediately moving the US Embassy to that city.”
“We must not delay the execution of the law requiring the US to move its Embassy to Jerusalem, and we must not make this dependent on future peace deals.
“It’s time to put the law into practice, and move the US Embassy to Israel’s eternal and undivided capital of Jerusalem.”
The law also mentions that the US Congress passed the “US Embassy Law” in 1995, requiring the Embassy to be moved to Jerusalem by 1999. However, US presidents since then have used their authority to delay fulfillment of the law every six months, by declaring it a matter of “national security.”
“In this way, the law has been delayed for two decades. Enough with the double speak,” the letter writers said.”
ICEJ USA Director Susan Michael said, “After 24 years and 3 presidents’ efforts to bring about a peace deal, we cannot continue making preconditions for this law’s fulfillment. This law should have been put into effect a long time ago.”
“This is the time to respect our friend and partner, by fully recognizing Jerusalem as the eternal and undivided capital of Israel.”
ICEJ Director Dr. Juergen Buehler said, “Evangelistic Christians in the US went out en masse to support Trump, because he promised to be the president who would put the law into effect and honor Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.”
“This is the time to show leadership and to stand behind the commitment to Jerusalem.
“Jerusalem is recognized de facto as the capital of Israel, and the right and just course of action is to make that recognition official.”
The letter is signed by evangelical leaders representing millions of Americans and who are considered to be very influential in the US government, especially when the government is Republican.
Among the signatories are National Religious Broadcasters President Dr. Jerry Jonson; ICEJ US Director Susan Michael; CBN News CEO Gordon Robertson; and dozens of others.
Israel Gets a Bitter Taste of Trump’s Mayhem and Meshugas
If the president renamed the White House ‘Kremlin-West’ and Washington ‘Putingrad Heights’ – would the GOP finally confront him?
‘The worst-case scenario is that Trump is indeed the Kremlin’s kept man, a Manchurian president who is successfully carrying out his handlers’ orders to destabilize Washington, sap its strength, erode its self-confidence and sabotage its standing and relations around the world.’
If after all this, it still isn’t obvious to certain know-it-alls within this ‘movement’ that Judea is gunning to have Trump removed, then nothing will.
To say that Donald Trump had a week from hell is to understate the catastrophe. From the incriminating testimony of Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates who was sacked, through the dismissal of FBI Director James Comey who refused to yield, and on to Trump’s revelation that his talks may have been taped all the way. And the crescendo, for now, of possible revelations of sensitive secrets to the Russians, which, it now emerges, came from trusted ally Israel.
Within seven days, Trump shocked Washington, unnerved Republicans, paralyzed the White House and raised new doubts, as if anyone thought that was possible, about his ability to serve as president.
In advance of his visit on Monday, Israel has been tasting some of the bitter offerings of Trump’s mayhem and meshugas. First, the two countries quarreled over Trump’s visit to Masada, which has since been cancelled, and then they quibbled over who said what, when and to whom about moving the embassy to Jerusalem. They had a spat about the status of the Western Wall, which only got worse after both National Security Adviser H. R. McMaster and spokesman Sean Spicer steadfastly refused to say “Israel” and “Western Wall” in the same sentence. Finally, the New York Times reported that Trump had sold out Israeli intelligence in order to impress his pals from Moscow.
Even die-hard right-wingers must be wondering by now if their great hero Trump is really better for Israel than their favorite villain Barack Obama.
Nonetheless, to borrow from Winston Churchill, this isn’t the beginning of the end, perhaps it’s the end of the beginning, but that’s far from certain as well. To understand how it’s possible that Trump’s presidency hasn’t reached the critical mass that starts the chain reaction that would bring the White House down on his head, all you have to do is glance at the main headlines of right-wing and conservative news sites.
While Congress, the intelligence agencies, the mainstream media – and now Israel – are all frothing at the mouth about the reported revelation of secrets, to the extent that McMaster is trotted out in a failed effort to stem the tsunami, most right-wing news sites, including Fox News, thought it was more important on Tuesday night to concentrate on an uncorroborated conspiracy theory linking murdered Democratic activist Seth Rich and the WikiLeaks publication of Hillary Clinton’s emails. The subtext is clear: The Russians are innocent bystanders and this entire hullabaloo about Trump and the Kremlin is a malicious smear perpetrated by the liberal media.
Most Trump voters prefer to dwell in the virtual universe of alternative facts that the right-wing media has created for them. They think that Trump’s been doing a great job and that he’s fighting for them all by himself against the establishment and liberal forces of darkness. They have no doubt that Trump was right to fire Yates because she’s a Clinton-stooge and had no choice but to sack Comey, because he was a grandstanding showboat. They believe that Trump is improving the economy, making America great again and recovering its lost honor on the world’s stage.
They regard reports about bedlam at the White House, conflict of interests of the Trump family and of Trump’s inability or unwillingness to learn on the job as a blood libel meant to throw him out of the White House and to stop his populist revolution. If Israel doesn’t watch out, it too could be viewed soon as a left-wing plant out to do the president harm.
These voters are the backbone of the Republican electorate, and they don’t conceal their feelings. Fear of their retribution, along with terror at the thought of being called out in one of Trump’s tweets, are the main reasons for the amazingly feeble response of GOP lawmakers to the chaos that Trump has created in Washington. During the election campaign, Trump boasted that his voters would stick with him even if he shot someone on Fifth Avenue. Until a short while ago, you could have imagined Republicans refusing to confront Trump even if he renamed the White House “Kremlin-West” and Washington “Putingrad Heights.”
But now, it seems, the overwhelming mass of scandal and controversy may have pushed some reluctant Republicans past their tipping point, exposing the first holes in the wall that has hitherto shielded the president. Comey’s sacking astonished them, talk of White House tapes threw them back to the Watergate nightmare, and Trump’s impulsive behavior and his tendency to humiliate his closest aides and to expose them as liars – first Spicer, now McMaster – was getting too frequent for comfort.
And most of all, the unfathomable accumulation of evidence, testimony and seemingly irrational behaviors that all point to the problematic relationship that Trump maintains, despite his denials, with the Russian Republic, culminating in his volunteering state secrets to Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Ambassador Sergei Kisliyak.
For some Republicans, this was one mishap too many, the straw that bent the camel’s back, the tipping point that compelled Senator Bob Corker to warn the White House that it was approaching a “downward spiral.” The report that Trump was using intelligence info provided by the GOP favorite Israel in order to curry favor with the Russians can only accelerate the trend.
With Trump, after all, all roads inevitably lead to Moscow. It’s only been a week since Yates highlighted the inexplicable 18-day hiatus between the time she warned the White House that then-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn had compromised himself and could be blackmailed by Russia and his dismissal by the White House. Within 24 hours, Trump fired Comey because of the Russia probe, a fact that he confirmed after allowing his people to deny it.
A day later, in a rendezvous that was spurred either by obtuseness, not giving a damn what people think or that Trump is indeed a lackey of the Kremlin, the president brought Lavrov and Kisliyak to the White House despite the clouds of suspicion gathering above. Two days later it turns out that Trump used intelligence information Made in Israel, which could soon find its way to Iran, Syria or Hezbollah. If it had been Obama, GOP lawmakers would be on their way right now to the White House, aiming to burn it down along with its presidential occupant.
The worst-case scenario, needless to say, is that Trump is indeed the Kremlin’s kept man, a Manchurian president who is successfully carrying out his handlers’ orders to destabilize Washington, sap its strength, erode its self-confidence and sabotage its standing and relations around the world. But even if that nightmarish theory is false, as all free men and women should hope, we are still left to contend with Trump’s quick-draw charlatanism, with his inability or perhaps unwillingness to change or learn, with his behavior which, as David Brooks wrote in the New York Times, is that of a seven-year-old.
The thing about Trump is that he is the one who sows the seeds of his own destruction. He never lets up, rolling from one scandal to the next, from one controversy to the other, most of them created by his own irrepressible mouth. Some Republicans are beginning to feel they can no longer risk being seen as trying to shield Trump or stifle his investigation.
The cardinal question, however, is how much of this realization will seep into the ranks of Trump’s loyal troopers. If it’s up to the right-wing media, the alt-right and those who hate liberals more than they love America, they will continue to emphasize the fact that Trump ordered the White House lit up in blue in honor of U.S. policemen, unlike that anti-American Obama, as the Blaze reported in its main headline on Wednesday. Don’t believe those fairy tales about Trump endangering national security, they will urge their readers, not even the ones about how he betrayed Israel, which you can’t trust either.
Trump’s Leak of Israeli Secrets Threatens an Intimate Intelligence Relationship
Israeli officers now know that the commander-in-chief of their American counterparts is clearly compromised
Ironically, just when the New York Times and other American news organizations were breaking the news that the secret intelligence President Donald Trump shared last week with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had been provided to the U.S. by Israel, Trump was in a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. This is the same Erdogan who appointed a pro-Iranian aide to head Turkey’s intelligence service. Israel’s once intimate strategic alliance and intelligence-sharing with Turkey all but evaporated due to fears that the Turkish intelligence was leaking to Iran and jeopardizing Israeli assets.
But even during their heyday, Israel’s close relationship with Turkish intelligence cannot be compared to the level of sharing with the U.S. intelligence community. For lack of divulgeable classified details, the value of intelligence Mossad and the IDF’s intelligence branch pass on to their American counterparts can only be described using superlatives. “We literally give them the crown jewels,” said one senior Israeli intelligence officer who was intimately involved in the relationship with the Obama administration.
Like every relationship, the U.S.-Israel intelligence sharing one isn’t perfect and it took long years to rebuild trust following the Jonathan Pollard spy scandal in the 1980s. But despite fears in recent years that the lack of personal chemistry between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu would “trickle down” and affect the ties between intelligence professionals, Israeli officials insist that it wasn’t the case. The same Obama who locked horns with Netanyahu over the nuclear agreement with Iran gave the go-ahead for the joint Israel-U.S. Stuxnet cyber-attack against the operating system of Iran’s uranium enrichment centrifuges, according to the New York Times, in what was probably the most successful joint cyber operation known to have taken place.
According to the reports in American media, confirmed largely by Trump’s tweets and his spokesman Sean Spicer, the intelligence Trump shared with the Russian foreign minister concerned plans by ISIS to smuggle explosives aboard a civil airliner, disguised as a computer laptop. Throughout the previous decade when the U.S. fought al-Qaida in Iraq and Afghanistan, Israeli intelligence and military labs provided much of the information on jihadists’ efforts to prepare more deadly types of improvised bombs for use against American troops.
Israel is the only country to have an intelligence relationship with the U.S. of an intimacy rivaling that of the “Five Eyes” group of the U.S., Britain, Australia, New Zealand and Canada which reaches back to the Second World War. According to the Wall Street Journal, the intelligence Trump divulged to Lavrov hadn’t even been disclosed to the U.S.’s “Five Eyes” partners. That would be par for the course. Intelligence provided by one nation to an ally is for that ally’s eyes only. It is up to Israel to decide who else it wants to share it with (and in recent years, the level of cooperation with Britain and Australia is such that it may well have been shared with them as well, by Israel).
To add insult to injury, Israel is in the midst of its own very delicate engagement with Russia, which has become the dominant global power in the Middle East following the Kremlin’s deployment to Syria in support of the Assad regime a year and a half ago. In Syria, Russia is working together with Israel’s rivals Iran and Hezbollah. As one senior Israeli intelligence officer put it this week, talking of the arrangements to prevent friction between the Israeli and Russian air forces in the region, “we share mutual respect with Russia, but we’re just coordinating with them, not cooperating”.
The intelligence-sharing with the U.S. isn’t about to end just because of one indiscretion by the president. The response of Israel’s ambassador to Washington, Ron Dermer, that “Israel has full confidence in our intelligence-sharing relationship with the United States and looks forward to deepening that relationship in the years ahead under President Trump,” can be taken nearly at face value. The alliance is too valuable to Israel to jeopardize. But what Trump did last week in the Oval Office will weigh heavily on the minds of the Israeli officers who work daily with their American counterparts whose commander-in-chief is now clearly compromised.
Trump is triply compromised because he seems to have no sense or interest in guarding his allies’ secrets, because of his obvious affinity with the Russian leadership and because he has lost the confidence of his own intelligence community, as the steady stream of high-level leaks, with revelation following explosive headline on the hour so damningly proves. If the officers of the CIA and FBI won’t trust Trump, Israeli intelligence professionals certainly won’t either.
An accidental president is now receiving the daily intelligence brief in the White House. When Vladimir Putin authorized the hacking of the Democratic Party, and by extension the American democratic system, he almost certainly didn’t assume that it could actually lead to Trump’s astonishing election. He wanted to get back at Hillary Clinton for perceived slights and to sow discord and mistrust within American society. President Trump was an unexpected bonus and nearly four months into his presidency remains for the Kremlin the gift that keeps on giving.
Trump is just like one of those NSA hacking tools let loose on the internet, being used by rogue North Korean and Iranian hackers to cause online havoc everywhere. A bumptious and bragging amateur with a security clearance that allows him access to every secret of the American intelligence community.
Fundamentally, Trump was right when he claimed in his tweets on Tuesday morning that it was his prerogative as president to share classified information with the Russian foreign minister in the interest of furthering a U.S.-Russia alliance against ISIS. That is what presidents and ministers often do in these closed meetings, discuss top-secret intelligence reports. But the information they share has to be first processed and sanitized by intelligence professionals so only the necessary essence is passed on, without any details that can give away sources and methods. And if even the bare details can benefit the spy services of a hostile nation, and the president of the United States should certainly regard Russia as such, then the damage has to be weighed against the possible benefits of an ad-hoc alliance.
A vain and boastful accidental president, incapable of telling his nation’s friends from its foes, is doubly dangerous to the U.S. and its allies.