US warning to Israel signals new backpedaling by Trump

The Trump administration seems to be going back and forth on their promises and statements toward Israel; Defense Minister Lieberman concurs, saying, ‘We received a direct message from the United States… that imposing Israeli sovereignty on the West Bank would mean crisis with the new administration.’


The Trump administration has explicitly warned Israel against annexing parts of the West Bank, saying it would trigger an “immediate crisis” between the two close allies, Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman (Yisrael Beytenu) said Monday.

It was the latest indication that President Donald Trump is returning to more traditional US policy and will not give Israel free rein to expand its control over the West Bank, as Israeli nationalists had hoped.

“We received a direct message—not an indirect message and not a hint—from the United States. Imposing Israeli sovereignty on the West Bank would mean an immediate crisis with the new administration,” Lieberman said, shortly before departing for a diplomatic visit to the US.

The US’s reaction was sparked by comments by MK Miki Zohar, a junior lawmaker in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party.

Zohar is among a growing number of coalition members who reject the idea of a Palestinian state and instead suggested that Israel annex the West Bank.

Under this version of a “one-state” scenario, the West Bank’s more than 2 million Palestinians would receive expanded autonomy, but not hold full Israeli citizenship or be allowed to vote for the Knesset, or parliament. Although Netanyahu has not endorsed the one-state vision, many in his coalition do.

“One state at this moment means apartheid,” MK Ayman Odeh, the leader of the Joint List of Arab parties in parliament, told foreign reporters Monday. “I think there needs to be great pressure for a Palestinian state to be established on the 1967 borders.”

Lieberman said he received phone calls “from the entire world” about whether Zohar’s proposal reflected the government’s position.

He called on the coalition to “clarify very clearly that there is no intention to impose Israeli sovereignty.”

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked (Bayit Yehudi), who supports a partial annexation of the West Bank, said she was unaware of any controversy with the Trump administration and that Israel in any case is free to do as it sees fit.

“We are an independent and sovereign state,” she told Israel’s Army Radio station. “There is a supportive administration in the United States. That administration needs to back up the state of Israel and the government’s policy.”

Trump’s campaign platform made no mention of a Palestinian state. He also promised to move the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a move long sought by Israel but fiercely opposed by the Palestinians.

During the campaign, Trump maintained close ties with Israel’s West Bank settler movement and even invited a settler delegation to his inauguration.

But since then, he has shown repeated signs of backtracking.

Trump now says the embassy issue needs further study. During a White House press conference with Netanyahu last month, Trump asked the Israeli leader to “hold back on settlements.”

He also said he was open to either a two-state or one-state solution, as long as it was through an agreement with the Palestinians.

The same week, Trump’s envoy to the UN, Ambassador Nikki Haley, said the US “absolutely” supports a two-state solution, while his nominee for ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, a close ally of the settlers, said he “would be delighted” with such an agreement.

The mixed signals appear to be creating confusion among Israelis and Palestinians.

Last week, Netanyahu was quoted by local media as telling a closed meeting that his attempts to coordinate settlement construction with the US were “not as simple as you think they are.” His office declined requests for comment.

Palestinian officials, meanwhile, have barely had contact with the new administration.

Nabil Shaath, President Mahmoud Abbas’ foreign relations adviser, said the US position “regarding settlements on the Palestinian lands is not clear to us.”

“We need to hear from the US administration, from President Trump, directly about his positions,” he said.

Oded Revivi, the chief foreign envoy of the Yesha Settlers Council, said he was “waiting patiently” for what he expects to be a favorable agreement between Israel and the White House on permissible settlement construction.

“I understand that it’s taking a bit longer than what may have been anticipated by some of my peers,” Revivi said. But he said Trump “seems to be a man of his word… We are still relying on what he promised.”

Laurie Cardoza-Moore, a prominent pro-Israel evangelical leader in the US and president of Proclaiming Justice to the Nations, said she is also optimistic that Trump will allow widespread settlement construction and carry out the embassy move.

“If he doesn’t follow through on these commitments, the evangelical Christian world will rise up in opposition to his policies,” said Cardoza-Moore. “We will put him on notice that life will not be easy.”

  1. #1 by James Benn on 03/06/2017 - 9:34

    I came across this extraordinary speech attributed to Whiteout House spokesmen, Ari Fleischpotter if I’m not mistaken…

    “I think there is a resurgence of anti-Gentilism because at this point in time Israel has not yet learned how to be multicultural. And I think we are going to be part of the throes of that transformation, which must take place. Israel is not going to be the monolithic society it once was in the last century. Gentiles are going to be at the center of that. It’s a huge transformation for Israel to make. They are now going into a multicultural mode and Gentiles will be resented because of our leading role. But without that leading role and without that transformation, Israel will not survive.”

    “Not before time!” I hear you cry. True. Judiacs simply must move with the times and will have to, reluctantly perhaps, give up their skull caps, white tassles, red Kabbalistic wrist bands, and all the other accoutrements of their backward religion or cult or whatever it is, and get with the program! …

    Imagine there’s no countries
    It isn’t hard to do
    Nothing to kill or die for
    And no religion too
    Imagine all the people living life in peace, you

    You may say I’m a dreamer
    But I’m not the only one
    I hope some day you’ll join us
    And the world will be as one!

    Luvv’ly, innit…

  2. #2 by Darwin26 on 03/06/2017 - 9:34

    Watch out for the Xians ~ they know G-d gave the fn’g Joooz the land of the Palestinians to them and they will rise up and smite thee King Donald ~ “Repent” for Godsake ~
    i can’t wait for the Xians to throw that “Repent” and Rapture at him ~ i wonder how much pull the dreary, boring Xians have over King Donald?

  3. #3 by PJ London on 03/07/2017 - 9:34

    What part of “as long as it was through an agreement with the Palestinians.” do they not understand?
    He has not changed his stance or position in the least. It is just the press inventing meaning out of nothing.

  4. #4 by Dieter on 03/07/2017 - 9:34

    MG; after the last several weeks of developments, along with your constant reminders to all these lunkheads supposedly in the movement, there can’t be more than a few left who cling to the obviously absurd belief that “Trump is a jew asset” can there?? 100% of organized jew interests are in lock-step against him. It’s amazing how many people can’t be objective and who cling to their lame beliefs come Hell or high water…When will they believe the jews are against him, after his brains get blown out or his Marine 1 chopper crashes?

    ed note–‘Dieiter’, I just got back from a week-long trip in Iran. While there, I met with/talked with many members of the ‘intelligentsia’ within ‘the movement,’ people you see regularly on Press TV, people with websites, who write books, articles, etc, etc, etc, and are generally pushed out there, front and center, as ‘experts’ in the field of politics, and especially those politics dealing with Israel, Zionism, Jewish power, etc. Out of all of those, I met one–count ’em–one person who was not under the ‘Trump is owned by the Jews’ spell, Dr. E. Michael Jones. All the rest to some degree still had it in their minds that because of Trump’s daughter, his son in law and nice things he has said about Netanyahu, that this was a slam-dunk indicator that he was ‘OBTJ’.

    So, sadly, the answer to your question ‘can there be more than a few left who cling to the obviously absurd belief that “Trump is a jew asset’ is, ‘more than just a few’.

  5. #5 by PJ London on 03/07/2017 - 9:34

    The problem is that Trump is vehemently anti Iran. There is no rational reason for the animosity, other than it plays well as anti-Obama, Clinton and Pro Israel.
    Trump’s obvious lies and nonsense about the Iran deal makes no sense unless it is as a sop to Israel.
    As long as Nutty carries on with his ant Iran warmongering, any who follow the same line will be linked to the Zionist wetdream.

    ed note–and your proof that Trump is ‘vehemently anti Iran’ is based upon what, things he has said? You mean the same Trump who one minute says he is going to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem and the next minute says he isn’t? The same Trump whose strategy from the beginning is to weave in one direction one minute and then dart in the opposite direction the next?

    This is the problem with people who apply checkers’ rules to a complicated game of chess and in the process come up with math that seems to make sense to them but which is oftentimes completely wrong, and to the detriment of us all. Like those who swallowed whole-hog the ‘Arab Spring’ nonsense and in the process helped their enemies in replacing one dictator with his twin or those deranged ‘No one died at Sandy Hook’ creatures who pissed away decades of the truth movement’s credibility because they could not discern fact from fantasy, likewise with those ‘experts’ on Trump who think they have X-ray vision when in fact they can’t even see that the outward appearance he creates is designed to confuse his enemies and in the process give him cover.

  6. #6 by maisoon on 03/08/2017 - 9:34

    Frankly I resent people seeing people like me as ‘who cling to the obviously absurd belief that “Trump is a jew asset”
    it is NOT absurd to point out the very real Jewish connections Trump has- being mentored by Jewish Mafia boss, Roy Cohn, surrounded by Jewish Zionists who heavily influence him, such as his own Jewish daughter and her husband whose family has close ties with funding Settlements which Trump himself contributed to, around $140,000.
    Sheldon Adelson also funded Trump during his election campaign
    Netahyahu is very happy Trump was ‘installed’ and Israel more than happy about Trump’s call to make Jerusalem the capital of a Jewish State.
    Trump declares that the US should withdraw from the UN and Netanyahu openly stated, bragging, in fact, the was the one who told Trump to do this. There are so many other links to the Jews, to Israel and here you are saying that people like me are being absurd because I don’t share your ‘faith or trust’ in Trump who IS just another Tool for Zionists and Jews. and contrary to what is being said in the so called ‘alternative media, HE is part of the ‘Establishment’- just look at his choice of ministers
    WHAT is happening is in fighting between the 2 Zionist Jewish houses- Soros, Clinton, Obama and some Neocons versus Trump, Adelson and more Neocon Jewish Zionists. squabbling family row about how to achieve what is ultimately the same Zionist Goals.
    I recall a few years back how Americans were all duped by George W Bush and then by the false promises made by Obama and look at how both these War Criminals turned out, Holocausting the Arab and Islamic world incessantly and all their Wars OF Terror for Eretz Israel
    SO NO, as a Muslim , and an Arab Palestinian, I don’t share your apparent approval for Trump who is a dangerous Zionist Tool and extremely virulent with his racist rhetoric, egged on by his Jewish Buddies.

    ed note–no, we don’t ‘support’ Trump, anymore than we ‘supported’ the corrupt arab leaders who were being overthrown during the ‘Arab Spring’ which we pegged from the beginning to be a fraud. Our entire position here vis a vis Trump, as we have explained over, and over, and over again with obviously little success, since we have to explain it over, and over, and over yet again everytime the subject comes up, is that there is more to this than meets the eye, and it is not a simple, cut-and-dry case of a president being owned by the Jews as has been the case in the past, distant and not-so-distant.

    And the ‘Jewish buddies’ you refer to can be counted on one hand, 2 of them being his daughter and son in law. His enemies, on the other hand, are legion, both right and left, both neo-con and neo-lib. How otherwise intelligent people can see everything taking place in front of their own eyes and yet not recognize that something is amiss in all of this is as beguiling I think as the entire love-for-Israel mystery that has befallen so much of the world.

    It just goes to show I guess that no one is immune from the seductive power of the Jews’ lies, including those–unfortunately–who claim to be wise to their ways.

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