U.S. backtracks on decision to close Palestinian office in D.C.

US backtracks on decision to close Palestinian office in DC

President Donald Trump (AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

 

PREFACE

I was raised with the teaching a man only has his word, a man’s word is his bond — a man is only as good as his word.

This principle transcends culture, time and technology. It is, or ought to be one of the cornerstones of every person blessed to walk this earth and bene given life by God our Father.

President Theodore Roosevelt described his style of foreign policy as “the exercise of intelligent forethought and of decisive action sufficiently far in advance of any likely crisis.”

While yet Governor of the State of New York Theodore Roosevelt wrote a letter in which he stated;

I have always been fond of the West African proverb: “Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.”

That is an excellent style of foreign policy since it is the territory of tyrants, despots and dictators to shout loudly and make a lot of noise, spew a lot of hot wind while either carrying many big sticks which to beat everyone about the head with, or they are only a lot of wind and are in love with the sound of their own bellowing voices.

President Trump bellows and Tweets and stands daily in front of people with microphones always visible, always talking — always making statements of greatness, getting things done, winning, and on and on making vows, promises of doing this or that — and it’s all hot wind. The love of his own voice. Giving the illusion he’s ever so busy following up and through no promises made, statements made while in office and he in truth continually backtracks and does not live up to his words.

He literally preached at just about every campaign stop during the presidential campaign leading up to the 2016 election that he would move the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. He stated it would be one of the first things he did upon taking office.

He talks big, he talks tough with regard to Islam and terrorism and not dealing with PA head Mahmoud Abbas and the PLO / PA due to Mahmoud Abbas and the PLO paying rewards to Islamic terrorists who injure, maim or kill Jews and Westerners — President Trump is always talking and Tweeting big…but he carries no stick.

He is in truth weak. All talk no substance. Especially with regard to his perpetual windy decrees regarding the Middle East, Israel, Iran, Islam and Islamic terrorism. He likes playing all sides living as if everything is just another real estate deal in Manhattan. And the people who initially supported him and still do appear numb to this reality. Apathetic. As no matter the amount of hot wind he spews never delivering on his words its just fine and dandy with them. Why is this so? Why don’t a man’s words matter any longer? A man’s words no longer holding him accountable and responsible? Anything goes. Say anything. Do anything or do nothing, do not live up to your words and everyone shrugs — if they are paying attention at all. This is our current state. Much different than not long ago when Theodore Roosevelt was Governor or president. How quickly the erosion, the Relativism, the apathy, the evil took hold and infected the people.

President Trump in truth continually bows to Abbas, the Palestinians who are terrorists bleeding their own people. Perpetual liars and deceivers. He continually says one thing about them while bowing to them daily.

President Trump says one thing and then his administration consistently does the opposite of what he stated they would do.

The Palestinians are NOT A LEGITIMATE government. They ARE NOT A NATION OR RECOGNIZED STATE.

They are two different terrorist organizations, Fatah and Hamas welding power and control and despotism over the Palestinian people. Indoctrinating in hatred, violence and murder. Teaching it to their children in their schools. Rewarding those who commit acts of terrorism.

And the United States of America has laws pertaining to not permitting the Palestinians to have and operate an office in Washington, D.C., or anywhere in the U.S. (see article by the Associated Press immediately below my comments.)

I also was raised to beware, suspect of people that talked a lot but never backed up their words. No substance. Words without action or deed. Words alone cannot a foundation make. Follow through and living up to ones words are the stone and mortar upon which a foundation of words is built creating a sound structure in which good character can reside and in which lives a being that can be believed and trusted.

President Trump is not one of these people.

President Trump after unleashing his typical Harmatten wind ends up always resulting to be nothing more than a tempest in a teapot. A lot of wind, a lot of loud words, strong words while carrying no weight, no stick of any size in sight.

Even if it breaks U.S. law.

Even if it goes 180 degrees against words he has adamantly spewed only hours, days, weeks or months earlier.

We are not stupid. Our attention span is not that of a gnat. Our memories vanishing as soon as words or events wash into them.

Do not be deceived. Do not be misled. Do not fall for vain empty words carrying no weight.

Beware the blowhards constantly spewing that do not have the wherewithal, the integrity, the character to carry any stick let alone a big one in which to defend law, honor, justice and all that is right opposing evil in this land and around the world.

Why is this matter important to true believers?

Because the PLO, the PA, Mahmoud Abbas, Hamas, and Islam are ENEMIES of Christianity, enemies of Israel. And all true disciples of Jesus Christ and believers in God and the Scriptures ought to be diligent and aware of who and what is transpiring with regard to Christianity, Israel and the times.

That’s why. And there never will be any true, lasting peace. If anyone doubts this there is continual written and historical proof contained in the only truthful book on earth — the Holy Bible. God’s word. The REAL history of the world. Of things which have come and things yet to come. Israel as the center of the earth and Jerusalem its heart. God’s holy land. Our holy land because its where Christ appeared, lived, taught, died and was risen from death for our sins. Our holy land because it is God’s and Christ’s holy land.

And no person in office, as President of the United States using the name of God, claiming to be a Christian and defender of Israel ought to be bowing to Islam, bowing to Abbas and Hamas.

Words are one thing.

Deeds are another.

And with President Trump never the twain shall meet, or so it appears as of his first year in office thus far.

All the bellowing and barrage of Tweets mean nothing other than the United States has a weak blowhard as our president and since his hands are perpetually on his electronic device Tweeting he has no ability to carry a stick of any size in those weak hands which now substitute for his mouth when he isn’t spewing hot winds, empty words.

Ken Pullen

ACP

Monday, November 27th, 2017

 

U.S. backtracks on decision to close Palestinian office in D.C.

By Associated Press
Reprinted from: World Israel News

Bowing to Palestinian threats, the Trump administration reversed its decision to close the PLO mission in Washington, as prescribed by U.S. law.  

 

The Trump administration has backtracked on its decision to order the Palestinians’ office in Washington to close, instead saying it would merely impose limitations on the office that it expected would be lifted after 90 days.

Last week, U.S. officials said the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) mission couldn’t stay open because the Palestinians had violated a provision in U.S. law requiring the office to close if the Palestinians try to get the International Criminal Court (ICC) to prosecute Israelis. The move triggered a major rift in US-Palestinian relations that threatened to scuttle President Donald Trump’s ambitious effort to broker Mideast peace before it ever got off the ground.

Yet the U.S. delayed shuttering the office for a week while saying it was working out the details with the Palestinians, before abruptly reversing course late Friday, as many Americans were enjoying a long Thanksgiving Day weekend. State Department spokesman Edgar Vasquez said the U.S. had “advised the PLO Office to limit its activities to those related to achieving a lasting, comprehensive peace between the Israelis and Palestinians.”

Vasquez said even those restrictions will be lifted after 90 days if the U.S. determines the Israelis and Palestinians are engaged in serious peace talks. The White House, in an effort led by Trump adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner, has been preparing a comprehensive peace plan to present to both sides in the coming months.

“We therefore are optimistic that at the end of this 90-day period, the political process may be sufficiently advanced that the president will be in a position to allow the PLO office to resume full operations,” Vasquez said.

A reversal of administration policy

The reversal marked a serious departure from the administration’s interpretation of the law only a week earlier. Officials had said then that, one way or another, the office had to close because Palestinian Authority (PA) head Mahmoud Abbas, in a UN speech in September, had called on the ICC to investigate and prosecute Israelis. That same law, though, says that the president can let the office re-open after 90 days despite an ICC push if serious Israeli-Palestinian talks are underway.

Asked how the Trump administration explains its new interpretation of about what must happen if the Palestinians call for an ICC investigation, Vasquez said: “These actions are consistent with the president’s authorities to conduct the foreign relations of the United States.”

There were no indications that the Trump administration had initially moved to close the office as part of a premeditated strategy to strengthen its hand in eventual peace talks. Instead, officials explained the move by saying Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, in a strict interpretation of the law, determined that Abbas’ speech had crossed the legal line.

The move led the Palestinians to issue an angry response last weekend threatening to suspend all communication with the U.S. Additionally, senior Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat accused the U.S. of bowing to pressure from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government “at a time when we are trying to cooperate to achieve the ultimate deal.”

Vasquez said the original position had never been intended to create leverage or impose pressure. The State Department said that the administration is actively working to pursue lasting Israeli-Palestinian peace.

The requirement about the mission closing stems from a little-noticed provision in U.S. law that says the U.S. cannot allow the Palestinians to have a Washington office if they back the international court’s move to investigate or prosecute Israeli nationals for alleged crimes against Palestinians.

Abbas said at the United Nations in September that the Palestinians had “called on the International Criminal Court to open an investigation and to prosecute Israeli officials for their involvement in settlement activities and aggressions against our people.”

 PLO office interacts with the U.S. government

The PLO is the group that formally represents all Palestinians. Although the U.S. does not recognize Palestinian statehood, the PLO maintains a “general delegation” office in Washington that facilitates Palestinian officials’ interactions with the U.S. government.

The United States allowed the PLO to open a mission in Washington in 1994. That required President Bill Clinton to waive a law that said the Palestinians couldn’t have an office. In 2011, under the Obama administration, the U.S. started letting the Palestinians fly their flag over the office, an upgrade to the status of their mission that the Palestinians hailed as historic.

Israel opposes any Palestinian membership in UN-related organizations until a peace deal has been reached.

The Israelis and Palestinians are not engaged in active, direct negotiations. But Trump’s team, led by Jared Kushner, is working to broker a deal aimed at settling the intractable conflict.

The Trump administration has not disclosed details about its effort to achieve an agreement that ostensibly would grant the Palestinians an independent state in exchange for an end to its conflict with the Israelis. Kushner and other top Trump aides have been shuttling to the region to meet with Palestinians, Israelis and officials from Arab nations.

The Palestinians, publicly supportive of the U.S. effort, are nonetheless skeptical because Trump’s close ties to Israel suggest whatever deal he proposes might be unfavorable to them.

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