Prospects dim for peace in Jerusalem; Trump peace plan ‘on hold’

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[Video] Trump, Netanyahu, and the Declining Prospects for Peace in Jerusalem,

While the world awaits the grand unveiling of the the Trump administration’s plan to broker the ultimate deal, Netanyahu has alarmingly ramped up Israeli settlement activity and the displacement of Palestinians in East Jerusalem. A panel of experts, including Jerusalem expert Danny Seidemann, discuss the Netanyahu-Trump era’s impact on the future of Jerusalem and its residents.

US-Israeli/Palestinian relations

Trump's Middle East peace initiative still on hold,

According to diplomatic sources, White House senior adviser Jared Kushner said not long ago that he is busy “wrapping up” last-minute details of the initiative before its launched. It would be a matter of a few weeks, he said. Meanwhile, several weeks have passed and the initiative is still under wraps.

Israel’s US visa waiver said to hinge on flight rights for American Palestinians,

Washington is demanding Palestinians with American citizenship be allowed to fly out of Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport, as a precondition for being admitted into the US visa waiver program, Hadashot news (formerly Channel 2) reported Monday.

Zionist Organization of America Embraces 'Alt-right' Stars – Even Those Too Fringe for Trump,

From ex-Trump aides to conspiracy theorists, figures like the man behind ‘Pizzagate’ and Jewish provocateur Laura Loomer have found a home at the Zionist Organization of America.

Greenblatt pushed Congress to water down Taylor Force Act,

The Trump administration’s Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt lobbied Congressional offices to add new exemptions to the Taylor Force Act, a senior Republican Senate aide and second Congressional staffer told Jewish Insider.

11 lawmakers warn against demolition of Palestinian villages,

Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (D-CA) authored a letter signed by 11 House Democrats urging Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to pressure the Israeli government and prevent the demolition of Palestinian villages Susiya and Khan al-Ahmar.

US envoy warns Islamic Jihad its Israel attack threats endanger Gazans,

Washington’s Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt warned Monday that the Palestinian Islamic Jihad’s threat of attack against Israel was “very dangerous” and harmful to the people of the Gaza Strip.

Occupation/Human rights

Opinion: It's Time for Israel to Shut Down the Jewish National Fund,

“The Israeli government’s use of JNF as a surrogate money pot for political purposes opens the door to corruption and improper use of the Jewish people’s money,” writes Sami Peretz.

Israeli army to evict 300 Palestinians from Jordan Valley,

So far this year, the IDF has demolished 349 structures, displacing 542 people and 302 children. Israeli human rights NGO B’Tselem warned in August that the expulsions would constitute a war crime.

Jewish Extremist Leader in Israel Faces Charges of Incitement, Threats,

Bentzi Gopstein is head of extremist group Lehava who gained notoriety for using threat of violence against Arab men they suspected of having relations with Jewish women.

Israel denies entry to European officials under new anti-boycott law,

Israel announced it would not allow seven European officials to visit because of what it said were their efforts to promote boycotts of the country.

Palestinian politics

Palestinians reject reports of Saudi pressure on Abbas,

Palestinian officials have rejected a report by an Israeli news outlet that said Saudi Arabia ordered Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to accept a US peace initiative or resign.


Israel to lift tight controls over Gaza reconstruction materials,

Israel has agreed to suspend on Jan. 1 the Gaza Reconstruction Mechanism (GRM), a deal Palestinian contractors say has put many of them out of business and cost the Contractors Union millions of dollars a month, according to a representative of the new consensus government.

Israeli politics

Settler leader revels in left’s embrace as proof of his movement’s power,

A prominent settler leader on Tuesday cited the Labor party leader’s recent pledge to hold on to all settlements in a future peace deal as proof of his movement’s growing dominance and consensus appeal.