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Thoughts on Events the Week of May 14

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on May 23, 2018

O, Jerusalem: President Trump moved the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and bragged that he has done what no other president  has had the guts, or been able to do. This is nonsense. Any president could have done it. None did because we were trying to maintain some balance in our relationships between Israel and the Palestinians, in order to have credibility when negotiating a peace between the two sides.

In moving the embassy, Trump has signaled to the world that, his pronouncements notwithstanding, he has no interest in an Israel-Palestinian peace. He has cast his lot completely on the side of Israel and President Netanyahu, his political soulmate in commitment to their respective religiously conservative bases. This is nothing but a blatant affront to Muslims, as obvious to everyone as Trump’s Muslim travel ban.

Assuredly, this move plays directly to, and very well with Trump’s Evangelical base, which has some bizarre eschatological superstitions about Israel. With American Jews, not so much.

American Jews, who tend to be Democratic, are increasingly off put by Israel, which they see as no longer a liberal democratic society, but a repressive, occupying government, shifting more and more to the religious right (what they call ultra-orthodox). And they are right.

So, this embassy move not only drives a wider gap between Jews and Muslims in the Middle East, but widens the gap between Evangelical conservatives and liberal Jews in America, perhaps as Trump wants.

I’m thinking Israel is feeling very proud at present, but they can’t be feeling very easy. Despite its dominant position in the Middle East, except for Trump, Israel doesn’t have many friends, and Trump doesn’t either. When Trump is gone, whenever or however that happens, things could change significantly.

Yet, this all may work out for Netanyahu. Everyone seems to have shifted their attention to problems of their own, so Israel’s shift to a non-democratic, illiberal occupying nation may go unaddressed. (It doesn’t help the Palestinians that their leadership engages in pointless, fruitless behaviors.) Nevertheless, to me it seems that the stronger it grows on the path it has chosen, the more Israel’s future darkens. We’ll see.

The Senate Disgustingly Approves Gina Haspel to be Director of the CIA: Well, they did it. The Senate agreed with President Trump to put someone who tortured people at a black site during the Iraq War and then destroyed evidence of it, to be the face of the CIA, as if its reputation isn’t bad enough already.

Six Democrats voted with all but two Republicans to confirm Haspel. For the record, they are: Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Bill Nelson (D-FL), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Mark Warner (D-VA). I want to remember these Democrat pig parts.

Four of these senators are from conservative states, which means they traded their integrity for political expediency. The votes of Warner and Shaheen are particularly odious, since their states went for Hillary Clinton in 2016, meaning their votes weren’t necessary even to appease a conservative electorate. They just did it.

Note: a few Democratic senators from deep red states – Alabama Sen. Doug Jones, Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, and Montana Sen. Jon Tester – to their credit, voted against Haspel.

I’m ashamed of the Democratic senators who voted to confirm a torturer. I’m ashamed of the whole damn Senate, and I’m ashamed of myself for having to vote Democratic given the present choices.

Person of Interest:  Curtis James (https://faculty.erau.edu/Curtis.James). James told me we have completed a 30 year drought cycle here, and will be seeing more precipitation; not necessarily more snow, due to global warming, just more total precipitation. I hope he is right. The first year thereafter, he was spot on, but since then, we have been bone dry.

Status of the States: Oklahoma keeps the worst state cup until EPA Director Scott Pruitt is gone.

 

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