Wednesday, 21 March, 2018

'We have no option but to suspend recognition of Israel', says Erekat

'We have no option but to suspend recognition of Israel', says Erekat 'We have no option but to suspend recognition of Israel', says Erekat
Melissa Porter | 08 March, 2018, 13:24

Trump said he may travel to Jerusalem later this year when the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv is symbolically transferred to Jerusalem. A living testament to the power of freedom and the power of faith...

"We've taken it off the table", Mr. Trump insisted this week at an Oval Office meeting with a gloating Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Following his meeting, Netanyahu told reporters that the central issue discussed was "Iran, Iran, Iran".

Earlier, US President Donald Trump has called on European countries to join the US in reformulating the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the 2015 agreement with Iran that was meant to slow the country's nuclear weapons program in exchange for a loosening of stringent economic sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

The annual AIPAC Policy Conference, the largest gathering of the pro-Israel movement in the United States, is happening Tuesday morning.

He thanked the American leader, as many other speakers did, for his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital and his promise to move the U.S. Embassy there in May.

"It gets bullied because the countries that don't like Israel are used to being able to get away with it", Haley boomed, adding, "Jerusalem was, is and always will be Israel's capital". Though polls have shown him cruising to another term, many analysts predict Netanyahu would face a bruising campaign that would become a referendum on graft suspicions against him. "Darkness is descending on our region", he said.

"Now Iran is seeking to build permanent military bases in Syria, seeking to create a land bridge from Tehran to Tartus [in Syria] on the Mediterranean".

Most countries around the world have not recognised Israel's 1967 annexation of east Jerusalem. "And if it does, we'll shoulder the risk.' But it didn't happen". Netanyahu recalled that when he arrived in Washington as the number two official in the Israeli embassy in the 1980s, that there were "about 80 or 90 countries with whom we had diplomatic relations".

"Iran must be stopped. They failed then, they'll fail now", the Israeli leader said. "President Trump has made it clear that his administration will not accept Iran's aggression in the region".

"It is because we are inspired by the same ideas, because we are animated by the same values that America and Israel have forged an eternal bond that can never ever be broken", Netanyahu concluded, to rapturous applause. That is the right policy.

"With President Trump we have fewer disagreements".

Iran insists it never meant to build a nuclear weapon, but has warned it could rapidly restore its enrichment capacity if the United States breaches the deal by restoring crippling economic sanctions.

However, the US seems to have no enthusiasm for directly engaging in the sticky Syria-Iran-Israel triangle in the Middle East, despite immediate support from the superpower when Israel shot down an Iranian drone entering its airspace from Syria a month ago. As a Marine, he saw combat in Vietnam, receiving the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star for heroism.

Trump noted that the embassy he's building is "temporary but it will be very nice".

Shortly after taking office a year ago, Trump put Jared Kushner, his son-in-law and adviser, in charge of reviving the Mideast peace process. "If not, we'll go to elections now". "What President Trump did, to his great credit, was recognize a reality that American presidents had denied for too long".