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Monday, January 23, 2017

Palestinian/ Israeli update 1/23/2017..Trump invites Netanyahu to Washington

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Trump and Stephen Lendman

................On Friday, Israeli intelligence officials warned Netanyahu against pressuring him to abandon the deal - fearing a possible “chasm between Washington and other signatories, most importantly Moscow and Beijing.”

Saturday on his Facebook page, Netanyahu said he and Trump will discuss “ways to oppose the threat of the Iranian regime, which calls for the destruction of Israel” - a bald-faced lie.

Separately, hardline Israeli education minister Naftali Bennett called the next few weeks “a unique window of opportunity” for Netanyahu to tell Trump what he wants from Washington.

He wants annexation of so-called Area C, around 60% of West Bank territory Israel controls - a prescription for possible explosive violence if undertaken.

Hours after Trump’s electoral triumph, he said “the era of a Palestinian state is over,” claiming “the settler agenda is defining the future of Israel.”

It destroys any chance for Palestinian liberation. “If someone wants to launch an intifada, that’s their decision,” he ranted. “We cannot capitulate to violence or threat of violence.”

Bennett, Netanyahu and many others are part of Israel’s lunatic fringe. Defying international law, they claim East Jerusalem and the West Bank aren’t occupied, land-grabbing what belongs to Palestinians isn’t theft, and historic Palestine belongs to Israel.

If Trump accepts this ideological extremism, a potential incendiary environment will be created - especially if he defies international law by moving America’s embassy to Jerusalem - an international city under a UN protectorate.

After years of endless US imperial wars, the region is hugely unstable already. Will Trump step back from the brink or risk turning bad to worse by wrongheaded US policy toward Israel/Palestine?

Stephen Lendman

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