VT: Israeli policies enacted during the Trump regime violate US protocols for arms sales and aid, particularly the “Jewish Nation State law” which deeply parallels South Africa’s apartheid pass laws.  

Israel under Netanyahu has consistently been a blood enemy of the United States and Trump, Israel’s man in Washington, has killed 500,000 Americans, disappeared tens of millions of doses of COVID vaccine and destroy America’s standing in the World.  Do these American deaths aid Israel?  Do they aid Netanyahu and Trump?

Aaron David Miller is a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and author of “The End of Greatness: Why America Can’t Have (and Doesn’t Want) Another Great President.” Miller was a Middle East negotiator in Democratic and Republican administrations. The opinions expressed in this commentary are those of the author; view more opinion articles on CNN.

(CNN)Almost a month into his presidency, Joe Biden has yet to call Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. At a briefing last week, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the call will take place “soon.”

But the noticeable delay from the President, who has known the Prime Minister for decades and once even wrote, “Bibi, I don’t agree with a damn thing you say but I love you,” cannot be an oversight. It’s surely a calculated effort to demonstrate that there will be no return to the Israel-centric policies of the Donald Trump years. And while Israel will remain America’s closest ally in the Middle East, Biden is planning a reset. Unlike his predecessor, Biden is likely to be a pro-Israeli president but not necessarily a pro-Netanyahu one.

That said, Biden has several pressing domestic issues to attend to. Confronting a delayed transition, he’s now focused on combating the worst public health crisis in a century, repairing a flailing economy and trying to do his best to heal a bitterly polarized nation.
In addition, Secretary of State Tony Blinken and National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan have already had multiple contacts with their Israeli counterparts. In other words, the Biden administration has not lost Netanyahu’s phone number.

And yet in his visit to the State Department last week, Biden listed America’s “closest friends” with whom he had spoken — Canada, Japan, Germany, Australia, Britain, France, South Korea and even NATO. Biden didn’t mention Israel — the Middle East’s only democratic polity — anywhere in his address.

In contrast, then-President Donald Trump called Netanyahu within days of assuming the presidency. The former President also showered Netanyahu with unilateral gestures both big and small, including recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital; moving the US Embassy there; and, weeks before one of Netanyahu’s elections, extending US recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

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7 COMMENTS

  1. BLA BLA bla … recognition of Israeli sovereignty over Washington D.C. has been blatantly obvious for YEARS but to say it requires courage that undoubtedly will receives punishment .
    The whole catastropy a Judeo/Christian religion and their fantasy God history.

    IMAGINE —- A world population of about 14,000,000 people with that sort of power & being able to back it up with the threat another 9/11 ?
    Years of the USA claiming to be “an honest broker” in the Middle East has exposed just how false the USA can be.
    The ZIONIST plan has ALLWAYS been , Israel must
    1) become THE imperial regional power.
    2) must effect the division of the whole area into small states.

    http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article33220.htm

  2. I’m tipping Trump’s about to “suddenly” shift to an anti-Israel stance, conveniently realigning himself the inherently anti-Semetic prejudices of his MAGA-phile base.
    Of course, this will occur right after Bibi gets turfed and Labour regains control of Israel’s government (elections next month!).
    His uber-Zionist identity will be completely forgotten – or explained away as an unfortunate but essential alliance of convenience to facilitate Evangelical end times prophecies, which of course would also help re-establish his messianic status.
    And thus Trump 2.0 will announce himself ready to lead the rebellion. The Trumpsters will be ecstatic, or Proud, as the case my be.
    Q will appear at his right (or Flynn claiming the mantel), Marjorie Taylor Greene to his left (channeling her inner Yingluck Shinawatra). And the US may well enter the “Thaksin Trump” era as early as 2024, with red queen Green’s puppet regime (I’m claiming that moniker right now!)

  3. Come on, this isn’t about Israel. It’s about Netenyahu and Likud. Bibi and the Trumpster’s bromance breached the long-standing non- or bi-partisan rules that usually guide US-Israeli affairs and the mutual support each feted on the other’s political prospects was certain to provoke blowback from the Democrats when they regained power. Had Israel’s Labour Party regained power while Trump was still in the White House, there most probably wouldn’t have been any phone calls coming into the Oval Office from Israel’s new prime minister, such was the blatant bias Trump displayed towards Netanyahu and Bibi towards Trump.
    Trump was effectively a Likud Party representative embedded in the Republican Party whose primary objective was not so much the advancement of Israeli national objectives, as the enhancement of Netenyahu and Likud’s electoral prospects.
    The success of this agenda hinged upon nurturing a culture of militaristic-religious-nationalism – similar to macho statism that flourished in Germany under the National Socialists, and more recently in various right-wing Latin and South American gangster regimes enabled and/or enthusiastically embraced by the US.
    It’s important to understand Likud’s base is not the mostly liberal-minded Ashkenazi Jews (who tend to vote Labour) but Sephardic and Mizrahi Jews, as well as the mass of Russian-speaking immigrants (Russians!)

  4. “… why is Israel so insecure,,,”
    Merely a psychotic posturization? Remember: “They cry out in pain as they strike you.” Sadistic behavior?
    The only feedback a psychotic sadist perceives is the pain/cry of their victims.
    Part of their shape-shifting Khazar crypsis? They’ll never fit-in.

  5. Has he called the leaders of S.Korea, Japan, the U.K., Poland, Germany, any of the Baltic countries, Iraq (where we have rudely parked our troops?), Afghanistan, Ukraine … why is Israel so insecure that if a new President doesn’t immediately call them that they are on the brink of ruin?

    Unlike, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Ukraine, Israel is extremely secure and stable, those other countries have cause to be worried about a new President. We are conducting military operations in two of those countries. But for some reason, ‘just being a great ally’ means you have to be pampered. So is Italy, Spain, Switzerland.

    • Israel is secure only up until Iran and its proxies are left alone.
      Think of that angle instead of the need for attention.
      Golda Meir said to Kissinger we want total security for Israel. Kissinger answered total security for you means total insecurity for your neighbors.

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