As the US and Europe struggle with the growing phenomena of fundamentalist Islamic terror, most are failing to maintain both parts of a duel responsibility: protect citizens from terror — and from racism. Israel is keenly aware of these obligations and the tension between them. Its struggle to honor that tension, without denying or rejecting either part, is ongoing. From that conscious struggle, Europe and the US have a lot to learn.
Apparently, Trump and Putin have done more than greet one another on the phone. According to DEBKAfile, they have struck a deal regarding Syria. Under that deal, Iran and its proxies must depart, leaving the US in charge of security along Syria's border with Israel. On the other hand, it solidifies Russia's presence in the Middle East. Moscow is not about to leave.
According to Israel's Minister of Defense, a regional settlement is the only way to for Israel to achieve peace with the Palestinians. His suggestion was that the Trump administration take point to establish a broader plan for Middle East peace.
Two days after taking the office of the Unitied States presidency, Donald Trump was on the phone with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The PM asked to "work closely" with Trump, especially in matters that relate to Israel's security, including Iran, the Palestinians and "other issues." He also asked for restoration of the US policy, abandoned by Obama, of "no daylight" between Israel and the US.
Who needs fiction? This weekend, binge on the real "Game of Thrones." All the videos, including an embedded livestream, are here. Watch Trump's inauguration. Then put it in the context of Israel. Witness real cutthroat maneuvers by world governments to demonize Israel and dictate "peace" so they can move in to "supervise" Jerusalem. See Israel's Danny Danon boldly confront the nations, declaring that nothing and no one will ever remove Jews from Jerusalem. No need to surf the Internet. The Jerusalem Journal has done it for you. The videos are here. All you have to do is make the popcorn.