Al-Aqsa Imam Threatens War

In yet another act of aggression towards jews and Israel, Al-Aqsa imam and Supreme Muslim Council Head Sheikh Ekrima Sa’id Sabri has threatened that there will be war if President Elect Donald Trump moves the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
During his campaign, Trump repeatedly promised that he would move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv, a move that is highly contested. Israel’s enemies respond to strength, and it is an act of strength to declare and recognize Jerusalem as the eternal capital of the Jewish people while proving that the United States is in charge, which is why under a Donald Trump presidency, the embassy will likely be moved to Jerusalem.

According to Sabri, Trump’s decision to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem is equivalent to declaring Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Sabri responded by urging Muslims in Judea, Samaria, and Jerusalem to take action. More at Geller Report.

Trump-cheering YouTube stars ‘stand with Israel’

 Popular YouTube personalities and avid Donald Trump fans Lynnette Hardaway and , better known as Diamond and Silk, have a message for US President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry: “We stand with Israel!” The two former Democrats, who rose to prominence as devoted — and flamboyant — Trump backers throughout the campaign, posted a new clip Thursday in which they lambasted the White House for its recent conflict with Israel over West Bank policy and for failing to veto the UN resolution criticizing settlements.Popular YouTube personalities and avid Donald Trump fans Lynnette Hardaway and , better known as Diamond and Silk, have a message for US President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry: “We stand with Israel!” The two former Democrats, who rose to prominence as devoted — and flamboyant — Trump backers throughout the campaign, posted a new clip Thursday in which they lambasted the White House for its recent conflict with Israel over West Bank policy and for failing to veto the UN resolution criticizing settlements.

Trump team wants Netanyahu at inauguration

US president-elect’s White House transition team has been “aggressively” pursuing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to attend the inauguration ceremony in Washington, DC later this month, the New York Post reported on Sunday.

Netanyahu’s tense relationship with outgoing US President Barack Obama was exacerbated in recent weeks, after the White House publicly clashed with Israel over its West Bank policy and later declined to veto a UN Security Council resolution condemning settlements.

Speaking to reporters outside his Mar-a-Lago estate on Thursday, Trump lambasted the UN for condemning Israel, saying that “horrible places, that treat people horribly, haven’t even been reprimanded” by the international body.

On Saturday evening, Trump told reporters Israel is “very, very important” to him. More at The times of Israel and The New York Post and The Jerusalem Post.

An Unseemly Transition

There have been ugly interregnums before; transitions from one presidential administration to the next defined not by cordiality and a transcendental sense of patriotic purpose but bitterness and spite. Few modern transitionary periods have looked as ugly, however, as this present transition has from the start. Save the occasional public niceties, the outgoing Obama administration and the incoming Trump administration are engaged not in a ceremonial passing of the baton but in conflict.
For the most part, however, transitions are typified by unfailing regard from the outgoing executive for the preferences of the new president, and an incoming administration that seeks to convey a sense of deference toward the current president. No one benefited from this tradition more than Barack Obama, who successfully lobbied the outgoing George W. Bush administration to cede control of the allocation of TARP funding in 2009. That kind of esteem and admiration has not characterized the process as Donald Trump prepares to take over for Barack Obama.

The clear rancor between the current administration and its successor was evident on the faces of the West Wing staffers who gathered behind the president in the Rose Garden. Captured in an iconic photograph, the scowling, fearful, shocked Obama administration members projected spleen. It was a sentiment that would only be confirmed in anonymous quotes and leaks out of the outgoing administration regarding the Trump Team’s utter confusion. More at Commentary.

So what should the Trump Administration do?

It is possible that President Obama actually believes that his 11th hour Mideast madness at the UN — stealthily coordinated with the Palestinians, according to Israeli PM Bibi Netanyahu; initiated by the U.S., according to the Egyptians — will foster peace in the Arab-Israeli conflict. This is so delusional that if his belief is in fact honest it is arguably even less flattering than if he knows better and is lying. In the cynical realism that is much the fare of international diplomacy being dumb is more of an insult than being stupid — hence the famous quip, oft attributed to France’s Napoleonic era foreign minister Talleyrand, “worse than a crime, it was a blunder.” More at The Spectator.

The Return of Assassination Fascination by Michelle Malkin

Alert the CDC: Left-wing America has been overcome by another contagious epidemic of assassination fascination. It’s time to declare a public health crisis.
In San Antonio last week, two high school students performed a sicko skit depicting the assassination of President-elect Donald Trump.

In Cleveland, unhinged 24-year-old Zachary Benson tweeted his “life goal is to assassinate Trump.” The hashtag #AssassinateTrump surfaced on Twitter, along with a flood of bloodthirsty death wishes.

Another #AssassinateTrump threat came from Atlanta public transit employee Aleama Philips, who tweeted, “I wish I had the balls to kill him myself,” illustrated with a photo of Trump dead and riddled with bullets. She was fired by the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority last week. Read at  Town Hall.

War on Trump or on Muslim Friends? by JONATHAN S. TOBIN


The boycott of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations Chanukah party is growing. The event is being held at the Trump International Hotel in Washington and the initial reaction from several left-wing groups and the Reform movement was that they wanted no part of an affair held at one of the president-elect’s properties. Though they claimed it was a protest against the appearance of a conflict of interest, they made little secret of the fact that their stance was intended to show that there would be no business-as-usual policy toward an incoming administration they despise.

As Haaretz reports, the Anti-Defamation league, the American Jewish Committee, Hadassah, and the Jewish Federations of North America are also staying away. It appears that they, too, don’t want to send a signal—however vague—to their donors that they tolerate the new Trump rules or that the next president should be given the same benefit of the doubt accorded his predecessors.

There’s another problem here that these groups ought to consider as they give vent to their animus for Trump. The co-sponsor of the party is the Embassy of Azerbaijan. Indeed, it was the embassy and not the Conference that chose the venue. The decision of one of the republics of the former Soviet Union to throw a party with American Jews may seem odd to some, but it was in fact timed to coincide with the visit of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to the Central Asian nation this week.

That Netanyahu got a royal welcome from the Azeris is no small thing. The willingness of a largely Muslim country to not merely have normal relations with the Jewish state but to treat its leader with such respect is a genuine breakthrough for Jerusalem. Read more at Commentary Magazine.

 

Taiwan Is No Bargaining Chip by MAX BOOT

Taiwan shows what the mainland can become if the Communist Party ever gives up its hold on power. It is a beacon of freedom that deserves American support—more support than it has gotten in recent years.

—the U.S. doesn’t have a formal embassy in Taipei and any official above the rank of colonel is prohibited from visiting—

On December 2, he ( Trump) took a much-publicized congratulatory phone call from President Tsai Ing-wen that was carefully arranged beforehand.

The problem is that Trump has expressed no commitment to Taiwan’s freedom.

The larger problem is that Trump is treating Taiwan as a pawn—quite possibly a sacrificial pawn–in a game of geopolitical chess.

Taiwan should not be treated as a bargaining chip that might be traded away but, rather, as a vibrant democracy of 23.5 million people whose freedom is integral to America’s strategic, economic and, above all, ideological interests. Read more at Commentary Magazine.