Wednesday, March 01, 2017

THE TRUMP ENIGMA

The opening paragraph of Trump's speech last night was this:
Tonight, as we mark the conclusion of our celebration of Black History Month, we are reminded of our Nation’s path toward civil rights and the work that still remains. Recent threats targeting Jewish Community Centers and vandalism of Jewish cemeteries, as well as last week’s shooting in Kansas City, remind us that while we may be a Nation divided on policies, we are a country that stands united in condemning hate and evil in all of its very ugly forms.

Yet Trump is on record calling Benjamin Netanyahu "a great guy" AFTER Netanyahu had murdered 520 children in Gaza in 2014, in a vicious and savage war by Israel on Gaza that should not have happened. Ironically, yesterday Netanyahu was criticised for rushing into that war by the Israeli State Comtroller:
The comptroller determined that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, then-Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and members of Israel's security cabinet did not, in the year preceding the outbreak of the war, on July 7, explore the possibility of taking diplomatic steps to stop the escalation of hostilities in the Strip.

Shapira's report quotes three statements made by Ya’alon two days after the fighting erupted, in which he said that the war could have been averted if Israel had provided a timely response to the distress of Gaza’s population. In a cabinet meeting on July 8, then-Minister of Intelligence and Strategic Affairs Yuval Steinitz said that “We've focused on tactics, but repeatedly – year after year for nine years – avoid dealing with the strategic reality taking shape before our eyes.”

[source : Gaza War: 11 Key Headlines From Scathing Report Rattling Israel's Politicians and Military, Haaretz, http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/LIVE-1.774365, 28th February 2017]

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