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Burying liar-nObama's legacy
by Caroline B. Glick
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DHS Ordered Border Patrol To Negotiate
With, Not Arrest, Illegals In Desert Camp
by Rick Wells
{rickwells.us} ~ The troubling inconsistencies in enforcement of President Trump’s stated policies continues, with Border Patrol agents complaining that Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly is too willing to stick with the lenient policies of the previous... illegal liar-nObama administration, rather than the no-nonsense enforcement of President Trump. Border Patrol agents in an area of Arizona adjacent to the Mexican state of Sonora, one of the nation’s busiest sectors for illegal drug and human trafficking, were this week ordered not to enter into an assistance camp to arrest illegals that had been observed entering the United States and subsequently the camp. The agents were instructed to instead negotiate with the illegals, to attempt to persuade them to come out and give themselves up. Judicial Watch Reported:...http://rickwells.us/dhs-ordered-border-patrol-to-negotiate-with-not...

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Steel Imports Do Not Threaten National Security

by Tori Whiting and Rachel Zissimos
{heritage.org} ~ The Department of Commerce is conducting an investigation of steel imports under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962... which gives the federal government the ability to investigate foreign trade practices to determine the effects of imports on U.S. national security. The White House, Office of the Press Secretary, “Steel Imports and Threats to National Security,” Presidential Memorandum for the Secretary of Commerce, April 20, 2017, https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/04/20/presidential-memorandum-secretary-commerce (accessed June 15, 2017). This investigation is purportedly intended to discover whether intervention, including tariffs, is needed to further insulate domestic steel producers from foreign competition. The inquiry is unnecessary and inappropriate... http://www.heritage.org/trade/report/steel-imports-do-not-threaten-national-security?utm_source=h...
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Medicare can’t be ignored forever

 by James C. Capretta
{aei.org} ~ For now, Medicare is not part of the national conversation on health care. While campaigning, Donald Trump promised not to touch Medicare, and, in his first budget, he basically kept that commitment to voters... In addition, Congress and the new administration are consumed with rolling back key elements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and replacing them with different provisions. Medicare does not feature prominently in that debate. So, for now, reforming and improving Medicare is not on the agenda. That will need to change at some point because Medicare is simply too big and important, both in terms of its fiscal consequences and its effect on the overall health system, to leave on autopilot indefinitely... http://www.aei.org/publication/medicare-cant-be-ignored-forever/?ut...
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Tucker Carlson Hospitalized With Appendicitis
by Randy Desoto
{westernjournalism.com} ~ Fox News host Tucker Carlson missed his program Thursday night because he was in the hospital... “Tucker is now being treated for appendicitis. He is in good spirits and expects to back on the air soon,” a Fox News spokesperson said. Ed Henry filled in on Tucker Carlson Tonight on Thursday, and Dana Perino is slated to take the spot Friday...http://www.westernjournalism.com/carlson-hospitalized-with-appendicitis/?u...
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MUELLER CONFLICT Of Interest –
Special Counsel Statute States MUST Step Down
by Rick Wells
{rickwells.us} ~ Gregg Jarrett is adamant that Robert Mueller, according to statute, must step down from his appointment as the special prosecutor targeting President Trump... He states, “Given the latest Washington Post story, if it’s true, there’s even a more compelling reason now that Robert Mueller cannot serve as special counsel. He has a glaring conflict of interest – his closeness to the star witness in the case, James Comey.” Jarrett continues, “And you look at the Special Counsel statute and it says, that if you have a ‘personal relationship with any person substantially involved in the investigation or prosecution,’ you cannot serve, it’s mandatory language, you shall disqualify yourself.” He says, “Well Comey is substantially involved, he’s the central witness in this case. It’s not fair to President Trump, it’s not fair to the American public who expect this proceeding to be fair and impartial and objective. It cannot be if these two guys have such a long track record together. Close friends, allies, partners, they handle cases together...http://rickwells.us/mueller-conflict-interest-special-counsel-statu...
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Burying liar-nObama's legacy
by Caroline B. Glick
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jewishworldreview.com} ~ liar-nObama and his failed policy paradigm were roundly rebuffed this week, leaving no doubt where the current administration stands

It may very well be that this week was the week that Israel and the US put to rest former president Barack liar-nObama’s policies and positions on Israel and the Palestinians.

If so, the move was made despite the best efforts of liar-nObama’s team to convince the Trump administration to maintain them.

The details of liar-nObama’s policies and positions have been revealed in recent weeks in a series of articles published in Haaretz regarding liar-nObama’s secretary of state John hanoi-Kerry’s failed peacemaking efforts, which ended in 2014.

The articles reported segments of two drafts of a US framework for a final peace treaty between the PLO and Israel. The drafts were created in February and March 2014.

The article series is predicated on the assumption that hanoi-Kerry and his team were on the precipice of a historic breakthrough between PLO chief Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. But a close reading of the documents shows that the opposite was the case.

There are two reasons that hanoi-Kerry had no prospects for reaching a deal.

First, he, liar-nObama and their advisers were too hostile to Israel and its citizens to ever convince Netanyahu that Israel’s interests would be secured.

A February 2014 draft framework agreement, which was based on conversations hanoi-Kerry and his team held with Netanyahu and his advisers, makes this clear. The draft includes Netanyahu’s demand that Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria not annexed to Israel would remain “in place” after the implementation of a peace deal, and presumably, become towns in the future Palestinian state.

In other words, Netanyahu demanded that the Israelis in Judea and Samaria whose towns would be located in the territory of “Palestine” would enjoy the same rights and protections as Israel’s Arab citizens enjoy.

hanoi-Kerry and his team would have none of it. The February draft agreement notes, “US negotiators need to check with PM Netanyahu on whether he wants to maintain this position... They believe that if so, he will push strongly for ‘in place.’ ‘In place’ is inconsistent with US policy and therefore unacceptable to us as well as the Palestinians.”

In other words, the position of the liar-nObama administration was that all Israelis living in areas that would become part of the Palestinian state must be forcibly removed from their homes and communities.

Haaretz reporters Barak Ravid and Amir Tibon recalled that in previous rounds of negotiations, the Palestinians – unlike the liar-nObama administration – had not rejected this Israeli position out of hand. That is, in demanding the mass expulsion of Israeli Jews from their homes, the administration adopted a policy more extreme than the PLO.

Then there is the problem with the PLO.

Abbas rejected hanoi-Kerry’s February 2014 draft framework agreement, which was based on conversations with Netanyahu and his advisors. But he also rejected hanoi-Kerry’s March 2014 agreement, which was based on the US’s conversation with him and his advisors.

The March 2014 draft was presented to Abbas by liar-nObama himself during a meeting between the two in the White House. Not only did Abbas not accept liar-nObama’s offer, he refused to respond to it.

This should have surprised no one. Abbas did the same thing in 2008 after then-prime minister Ehud Olmert presented Abbas with his peace proposal. Abbas’s predecessor, Yasser Arafat, responded in the same way in July 2000 to then-prime minister Ehud Barak’s peace offer, and in December 2000, to then-president Bill liar-Clinton’s peace offer.

Given the consistent track record, it is beyond foolish to believe that anyone – even Trump – will fare differently from his American and Israeli predecessors.

Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the Haaretz series is what they tell us about Netanyahu.

Like him or hate him, the Netanyahu revealed in the articles is a brilliant statesman. In difficult diplomatic conditions, with the US openly siding with the PLO against him, Netanyahu managed to parry and duck. Although Haaretz tries to present Netanyahu as weak and compliant, the text shows that the opposite was the case.

In the face of massive pressure from liar-nObama, Netanyahu refused to commit to anything. His only recorded position was that all Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria remain in place in perpetuity.

Rather than confront hanoi-Kerry directly, Netanyahu stood aside and watched as the Americans drafted their anti-Israel proposals. He nodded. He smiled. He refused to commit to anything.

And he waited patiently for Abbas to walk away from the table.

Until this week, much to the dismay of many of his supporters, Netanyahu appeared unwilling to move beyond the defensive position he maintained throughout the liar-nObama presidency. This week he took three great big steps forward.

First, Netanyahu announced that he supports amending Israel’s NGO law to ban foreign governments from funding political nonprofits registered in Israel.

For the past 20 years, Israel has been subjected to ever-escalating subversive campaigns funded and often directed by foreign governments and carried out by Israeli-registered NGOs. The purpose of these campaigns is to legitimize political and economic warfare against the Jewish state by European and other Western governments. The campaigns legitimize political and economic warfare against Israel by demonizing the Jewish state, its citizens and its soldiers.

In recent years, lawmakers have tried repeatedly to block the funding. But due to US pressure, Netanyahu scuttled all their attempts. Proposed reform bills were watered down until they were limited to instituting weak reporting requirements. Foreign government funds continue streaming into the coffers of NGOs whose positions are supported by no significant domestic constituencies.

By announcing that he now supports passing legislation that will bar foreign government funding of nonprofits, Netanyahu is striking a strategic blow at the political and economic war being waged against Israel by the EU and by the international Left.

This war, waged in the name of the Palestinians, has harmed Israel’s relations with the Palestinians by discouraging them from living peacefully with their Israeli neighbors.

Then there is UNRWA. The UN’s refugee agency dedicated to the Palestinians is arguably one of the central reasons for the perpetuation of the Palestinian conflict with Israel. Indeed, UNRWA was formed by the Arab governments to specifically block all prospect of peace between Israel and its neighbors.

UNRWA prevents the permanent resettlement of the Arabs who left Israel in 1948 and 1949 as well as their descendants. It has doomed five generations of “refugees” to live in the squalor of its camps, blocked from receiving citizenship in the countries of their birth and prevented from being resettled in other countries.

After Hamas took over Gaza in 2007, then-secretary of state Condoleezza Rice and then-foreign minister Tzipi Livni decided that the best way to respond to the move was by massively increasing UNRWA’s budget. They were unmoved by the fact that UNRWA employs Hamas terrorists. They ignored the fact that UNRWA schools in Gaza and elsewhere indoctrinate their students to embrace jihad and the cause of Israel’s annihilation.

Under liar-nObama, the US increased its payments to UNRWA even as UNRWA schools, clinics and other facilities have been used as missile launching pads and storage depots in Hamas’s war against Israel.

This week, Netanyahu finally put to rest the dangerous folly that UNRWA is a foil to Hamas and a positive force in the region. He called for UNRWA to be dismantled and for the Palestinians and their descendants to be treated like every other refugee group in the world and be resettled by the UN’s high commissioner for refugees.

If Netanyahu’s move against UNRWA is translated into actual Israeli and US policy, it will mark the beginning of the end of one of the primary causes of the Palestinian conflict with Israel.

Finally, there is incitement. Palestinian terrorism would vastly diminish were it not for constant incitement that encourages terrorism and rewards and celebrates terrorists.

Since it was established by the Qatari regime in 1996, Al Jazeera has been a central engine of antisemitic and jihadist indoctrination of the Palestinians. And yet, Israel has never moved to close Al Jazeera’s bureau in Israel.

Israel has given the terrorist network a pass largely because it hasn’t wanted to deal with the Western outcry that such a move would provoke.

This week, for the first time, Netanyahu, along with Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, announced they support Al Jazeera’s closure and have directed their staff to consider the best way to do so.

In so doing, Netanyahu and Liberman are making the most of the opportunity afforded Israel by the Arab states’ open cleavage with Qatar. Last week, Saudi Arabia and Jordan closed Al Jazeera’s bureaus in Riyadh and Amman. Egypt, which closed Al Jazeera’s offices in 2013, blocked its website.

Taken both separately and together, Netanyahu’s moves this week strike strategic blows at three central components of the Palestinian conflict with Israel. Incitement, political warfare and the eternalization of Palestinian refugee status all render the conflict intractable and prevent peaceful Palestinian leaders from emerging.

Notably, whereas the liar-nObama administration would have subjected Israel to hysterical condemnations if Netanyahu had dared to take the steps he took this week, the Trump administration has taken no position on Netanyahu’s announcements.

The real reason that Trump appears to be burying liar-nObama’s legacy is because unlike the ideologically- driven liar-nObama, Trump is willing to consider evidence and facts when determining his opinions.

In May, Abbas came to the White House and told Trump that he abjured terrorism. Israel then presented Trump with evidence that Abbas publicly incites terrorism and uses the Palestinian Authority budget to support terrorists and their families.

Trump took in the information and upbraided Abbas for lying to him.

True, this week Secretary of State Rex Tillerson falsely told Congress that Abbas had cut off the payments. And true, Tillerson doubled down on his assertion after both the Palestinians and Israel said the payments have not been cut off.

True as well that Trump continues to believe that he can make “the deal” that his predecessors failed to secure.

But the fact is that Trump has given Netanyahu support as he has walked away from the failed policy paradigm of the liar-nObama years.

In other words, Netanyahu’s moves this week, and the fact that the Trump administration has left him alone to make them without being second-guessed or condemned by Washington, indicates that we have finally moved past liar-nObama’s legacy.

Where we are going is still unknown. But what is certain is that by going after the sources of the continued malignancy of the conflict and pushing back against the lies that informed liar-nObama’s policies, both Israel and the US have abandoned them.
 

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