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Who Wants a War in the Middle East? 

Seven Key Players and their Interests

 

https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/1.821488

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Hariri’s resignation threatens Iranian grip on Lebanon

https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/.premium-1.821015

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Saudi Prince Launches Latest ‘Modernization’ in the Muslim World

New book offers insight, historical perspective on two centuries of conflict.

 

 

https://thetyee.ca/Culture/2017/11/14/saudi-prince-latest-modernization/

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Thank goodness for writers like this rather than the fake news that gets peddle here and elsewhere on a daily basis

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/nov/15/lesson-from-syria-chemical-weapons-conspiracy-theories-alt-right

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Does Trump Want a New Middle East War?

The president appears to see Saudi Arabia as a vital part of his ill-conceived anti-Iran jihad

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/does-trump-want-a-new-midd...

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Abbas Aide: Threat to Shut D.C. Mission Harms U.S. Status as Fair Israeli-Palestinian Mediator
American threat to shut Palestinian mission in D.C. unless Ramallah enters serious negotiations with Israel is 'unprecedented' in ties between U.S., Arab world, Nabil Abu Rudeineh says

 

https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/palestinians/1.823528?utm_sourc...

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Why Was the 'Jewish Nobel' Snatched From Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Given to Natalie Portman?
Someone remembered that Justice Ginsburg had called Trump a 'faker' in 2016, and the powers that be in Jerusalem panicked

 

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.823258

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Trump Team Begins Drafting Middle East Peace Plan

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/11/world/middleeast/trump-peace-israel-p...

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Why Turkey Feels Burned By Trump

The Turks thought the president would be their friend. Instead, ties with Washington have only gotten worse.

https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/11/23/how-trump-burned-turk...

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The Distinctive Cruelty of Killing Worshipers

A mosque attack that killed at least 235 people in Egypt stands out for its ruthlessness, but not for the sinister targeting of the faithful.

https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2017/11/sinai-attack-e...

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The Atlantic wrote:

A mosque attack that killed at least 235 people in Egypt stands out for its ruthlessness, but not for the sinister targeting of the faithful.

The unfaithful are still fair game, though, right?

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Israel Strikes Assad Regime Military Target in Syria, Foreign Media Reports

This is a developing story: Syrian forces fire anti-aircraft missiles toward Israeli jets, according to pro-Assad media reports
read more: https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.826824

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.826824

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It looks like Trump is going to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Isreal. The excrement is going to hit the airconditioning machinery!

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How Upset Are Trump’s Saudi Friends, Really, About His Jerusalem Move?

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2017/12/how-upset-are-trumps-saudi-f...

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Mueller has to be a good detective to be able to follow all the twists and turns

https://www.timesofisrael.com/saudis-said-set-to-build-16-nuclear-reactors-with-russian-help/

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ARCHIVE Chinese President Calls for East Jerusalem as Capital of Palestinian State

Xi Jinping addresses Arab League in Cairo before planned visit to Iran, announces millions in aid to Palestinians.

 

DPA Jan 21, 2016 2:55 PM

read more: https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.698833

 

 

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.698833

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Why Jews and Muslims Both Have Religious Claims on Jerusalem

 

http://www.history.com/news/why-jews-and-muslims-both-have-religious-cla...

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Jerusalem for Dummies: Why the World Doesn’t Recognize It as Israel’s Capital

And why the possibility that Trump might do just that, seven decades after Israel's establishment, is such a source of apprehension worldwide
read more: https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.826929

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.826929

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Analysis Kushner's Peace Plan May Not Recover From Trump's Jerusalem Bombshell

Jared Kushner's speech on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict earlier this week had even skeptics wondering if the Trump administration might achieve the unachievable. And then Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital
read more: https://www.haaretz.com/us-news/.premium-1.827628

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On Jerusalem, Trump Just Offered Talk. Does Kushner's Peace Plan Offer Real Substance?

Trump's Jerusalem move, taken and rolled out in a frantic rush, stopped at mere rhetoric for Israel and nothing for Palestinians. Kushner and Greenblatt must show far more explicit U.S. support for two states - and it needs to happen soon

Let’s dispense with the heavy breathing. President Donald Trump’s announcement Wednesday recognizing the reality that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital is neither the end of efforts to achieve Middle East peace nor the second coming of Harry Truman’s recognition of the newly-declared State of Israel.

But it was a missed opportunity in two respects.

First, President Trump stopped at a merely rhetorical change. True, recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is new, something no U.S. Administration of either party had yet articulated. It helps combat the insidious fiction, trafficked by some Palestinians and prominent in UNESCO resolutions and the like, that there are no legitimate Jewish and Israeli claims to Jerusalem. Myth-busting has its merits.

In front of a mural depicting Jerusalem's Dome of the Rock, a Palestinian man sweeps the street in Hebron in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. December 7, 2017 AFP PHOTO / HAZEM BADER
But the decision at hand was about the location of the U.S. embassy. Having made the rhetorical shift, Trump passed up on its more substantive manifestation by delaying transferring the embassy to Jerusalem. Indeed, he punctuated his speech by signing the waiver of the law that requires the move - just like his predecessors.

My views on the embassy’s location are informed by my experience as U.S. Ambassador. I worked at the U.S. embassy on HaYarkon Street in Tel Aviv for over five years. I had a beautiful view of the Mediterranean from my office. It will be hard for any Ambassador to give that up. But nearly every day, I got in my armored SUV and traveled to Jerusalem where I conducted affairs of state in the offices of the Israeli government - the Prime Minister’s office, the President’s residence, the Knesset.

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When President Obama visited Israel in 2013, he stayed at the King David Hotel and visited the same government sites. Secretaries of State routinely base their visits in Jerusalem as well. So the location of our embassy in West Jerusalem - about which there is, or should not be, any controversy about Israel’s past and future sovereignty - is logical and right.

The United States has consular facilities in West Jerusalem that could easily house an embassy on a temporary basis, starting tomorrow, even while many functions remain in Tel Aviv. But President Trump limited himself to announcing plans to begin preparations for an embassy move, suggesting it will take at least 3-4 years to complete a new embassy.

That’s an extremely optimistic estimate. Constructing a new embassy is a complex undertaking. It is far more likely to take 5-10 years, and tens if not hundreds of millions of dollars, to locate a suitable property, plan and build an embassy to security standards, and arrange for the housing and schooling of hundreds of U.S. diplomats and their families. 

The strong implication of Trump’s announcement is that he will continuing issuing waivers every six months for years to come. His successor may well be the one to preside at its dedication.

A giant U.S. flag screened alongside Israel's national flag by the Jerusalem municipality on the walls of the Old City. December 6, 2017 AFP PHOTO / Ahmad GHARABLI
The second missed opportunity was in failing to frame this announcement in the context of efforts to advance the broader strategic U.S. objective of a two-state solution. 

In addition to recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and moving the embassy to West Jerusalem, Trump should have made clear that East Jerusalem has a different status, will need to be negotiated, and the United States expects that the results will include the capital of a Palestinian state in at least parts of its Arab neighborhoods.

We don’t need to define the exact dimensions of the shared city. Acceptable arrangements on holy sites, such as Israeli sovereignty at the Western Wall and maintenance of the status quo at the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif, are necessary. And the city must remain unified, never again redivided by checkpoints and barbed wire.

But such clarity about the future of Jerusalem as a shared, unified city containing the capitals of both Israel and Palestine would usefully bust another myth - that a two-state solution to end the conflict can be achieved without such an arrangement. Recognition of this reality is useful as well.

Trump also could have helped himself by planning this decision well in advance, not in the frantic, hurried fashion in which it was taken and rolled out. 

read more: https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/1.827452

https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/1.827452

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Armageddon? Bring It On: The Evangelical Force Behind Trump's Jerusalem Speech
The U.S. evangelical community is in raptures over Trump's decision to declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel, believing it moves the world closer to Armageddon
read more: https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.827591?utm_source=Push_No...

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Trump's Jerusalem move: US warns against scrapping Abbas talks

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-42274946

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Plot of gold

A court case in New York rattles Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan

A gold trader spills the beans

Yet Turkey may have no choice but to accept the court’s verdict and pay any penalties. Its currency, the lira, has lost more than a tenth of its value against the dollar over the past year, partly due to anxiety about the Zarrab case and its consequences for Turkish banks. Failure to comply with American fines would send the currency into a nosedive. Mr Erdogan might risk a fresh row with America, but not that. “Right now,” says one banker, “the lira is the only check on his power.”

https://www.economist.com/news/europe/21732143-gold-trader-spills-beans-...

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Turkey has a thug and probably a crook as well for a leader.

 

Confrontational Erdoğan stuns Greek hosts on Athens visit

Turkish leader jettisoned diplomatic niceties during meetings that were supposed to cement ties between the rivals

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/dec/07/turkish-president-erdogan-...

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What's different now is that Trump wants to work with Putin/Russia but for publicity purposes has to distance himself  because of their 'working relationship' to win the 2016  election. The sooner Erdogan is ousted the better.

The Zarrab Court Case: What it means for Flynn, Trump, Erdogan, Even Putin

https://www.forbes.com/sites/melikkaylan/2017/12/05/the-zarrab-court-cas...

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