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    President-elect Donald Trump gives a thumbs up the the media at the clubhouse of Trump National Golf Club November 20, 2016 in Bedminster, New Jersey

    Israeli Settlement Group Invited to Donald Trump’s Inauguration

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    The Israeli settler group Yesha Council has reportedly received an invitation to attend Donald Trump’s inauguration ceremony amid international condemnation of Israel’s practice of establishing illegal settlements in the West Bank.

    The United Nations Security Council on December 23 passed a historic resolution criticizing Israel for building settlements in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, in violation of international law. The passage of Resolution 2334 surprisingly was not vetoed by the administration of US President Barack Obama, as had happened in the past. But with Trump coming into office, there is little expectation that the US will continue to break with its tradition of supporting Israel's activities, at least in public.

    The president-elect lashed out at the Obama administration and the UN, claiming that the decision "puts Israel in a very poor negotiating position and is extremely unfair to all Israelis" and that "peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians will only come through direct negotiations between the parties."

    ​Trump has now invited the group, which represents Jewish settlements on disputed land, to his January 20 inauguration, the Yesha Council's foreign envoy, Oded Revivi, told the Independent. The envoy, however, hasn't yet confirmed whether any representatives would attend.

    Naftali Bennett, former head of the settler group, which lobbies in the Israeli government and abroad, is the current leader of the right-wing Jewish Home party and Israel's education minister.

    Trump has promised via Twitter that "things will be different" after he officially becomes president. He has appointed several pro-Israel figures to top positions and pledged to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which is claimed as a capital by both Israelis and Palestinians.

    Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian Authority, cautioned that the move would have a "disastrous impact on the peace process, on the two-state solution and on the stability and security of the entire region".

    After the Six Day War in 1967, Israel seized the West Bank, Gaza Strip, Golan Heights and Sinai Peninsula. Palestinians seek diplomatic recognition for their independent state on the occupied territories, where Israel has been building communities despite objections from the UN.    


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      the inauguration, a time to see the groups who are deemed useful to the incoming administration.
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      One can buy US flag toilet paper on ebay, but not Israeli flag toilet paper. That says it all.
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      Antares Prime
      Trump's relationship with the Israelis and their settlement groups is very unfortunate. The Palestinians to get steamrolled, yet again. They just can't catch a break.
    • support
      The real reason there is so much opposition to the new President is that he makes it very obvious to the entire world that for the past 8 years, absolutely nothing positive has been achieved, principally because no one in Federal employment was interested in actually working according to standard business levels of effort. It is as if Washington D.C. has been in zombie hibernation mode since 2008.
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      jasin reply tosupport(Show commentHide comment)
      support, Domestic government, yes. Foreign policy nightmare. Obama threw some fake money around, but no policy movement/ No imagination or vision. Then he rushes around in his last 45 days, trying to make it more difficult for Trump to do what Obama would not do.
    • Mikhas
      If he gives the non-semitic squatters in occupied Palestine Jerusalem, and it sure looks that way, he can kiss goodbye to any US influence in that region. More wars for the "Jews"....
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      Marques rouges
      Just after the Obama administration offered $40 Billion to the Jewish State, the biggest US aid ever to the country that already gets the most money from them ! Trump is trying to show that he can lick boots even better, by inviting settlers groups ?

      Both sides are trying to outbid the other, to show their allegiance to their masters !
    • supportin reply tojas(Show commentHide comment)
      jas, if Obama had spent 10 years as a Senator to learn the ropes of the trade of governance and to develop the skills associated with crafting a meaningful foreign policy, he might have done as well as Woodrow Wilson.

      Another two reasons he could not deal with foreign interests is 1. the lack of interest in other cultures and thus no interest in learning the languages and traditions of other nations outside the USA and 2. he overtly despised all other English language-based cultures apart from his own which I think both baffled and nonplussed other foreign leaders who then drew the conclusion that Obama was not serious about anything but rather merely a dilettante raconteur which I do not think he was, but only lacking in the resonance of character and capacity for solid judgment owing to being sent green and untried into the fray as a neophyte...as President of the United States!

      Between you and me and the wall, the only reason the USA has persisted as long as it has owes to First Nations tribal shamans' prayers on our behalf lol The spiritual aspect of that statement aside, I think not enough scholarly thought is given to th efact that so much of American politics and policy that works owes to half our government structure emulates by intent that of Native American tribal systems of jurisprudence and subsequent decision making.

      The years teach what the days cannot. Best advice to youth: try your best, work hard, but accept that anyone's best work in their field is not really achieved until they hit around fifty or sixty and usually later, male or female.
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