Integrity always trumps betrayal

Trump must honour Bush-Congress deal with Israel


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By —— Bio and Archives May 18, 2017

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President Trump’s historic visit to Israel on 22 May presents the perfect opportunity for him to deliver on the promises he made to Israel during last year’s Presidential election campaign.

Trump’s broad-ranging foreign policy speech on 27 April 2016 highlighted the disgraceful way Israel had been treated by the Obama Administration:

“Israel, our great friend and the one true democracy in the Middle East has been snubbed and criticized by an administration that lacks moral clarity.

President Obama has not been a friend to Israel.

Trump’s claim was certainly justified.

Obama—aided and abetted by his two Secretaries of State Hillary Clinton and John Kerry—had deliberately undermined the written commitments made to Israel’s Prime Minister Ariel Sharon by President Bush on 14 April 2004 and subsequently endorsed overwhelmingly by the Congress by 502 votes to 12 (“Bush/Congress Commitments”).

Trump promised:

“To our friends and allies, I say America is going to be strong again. America is going to be reliable again. It’s going to be a great and reliable ally again. It’s going to be a friend again. We’re going to finally have a coherent foreign policy based upon American interests and the shared interests of our allies.”

The shared interests of Israel and America became inextricably entwined after the Bush/Congress Commitments had:

  1. secured Israel’s total disengagement from Gaza and a part of Judea and Samaria (West Bank) in 2005
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  3. promised President Bush’s stalled 2003 Roadmap proposing the two-state solution a real chance of coming to fruition.
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