Defense Secretary-designate James Mattis bluntly stated under questioning at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, that,
“…The capital of Israel that I go to, sir, is Tel Aviv, sir, because that’s where all their government people are.”
Got that? Tel Aviv – NOT Jerusalem. The Defense Secretary is previously on the record supporting a “two state” solution in the conflict between the Israelis and the “Palestinians.” A “two state” solution is a non-starter. It always has been, especially since the George W. Bush “Road Map to Peace” Republican debacle, and the subsequent Israeli “Disengagement”from the Gaza strip. I was heading the Christian Supporters of Israel list at FreeRepublic.com at that time, and remember well the way the Bush Administration strong-armed Arial Sharon and the Israelis into that disaster.
Arial Sharon ended up in a stroke induced coma, George Bush left office with some of the lowest presidential ratings in history, the Democrats swept to power under Barack Obama, and the Arab terrorist organization HAMAS has controlled the Gaza strip ever since.
I am disappointed the majority Evangelical Christian community and Israeli Zionist organizations let the corrupt GOP pull their strings like mindless marionettes, to sway them. Now again, with Trump. The LORD never blesses our self-delusion.
The U.S. government has no intentions whatsoever of moving the American embassy to Jerusalem. Mattis knows this. Especially as the Secretary of Defense now, and having to potentially contend with the ensuing fallout of the regional violence and wars that would follow such a move.
Daniel Cloud, lecturer at Princeton University Center for Human Values/Humanities Council, posits an interesting thesis at a blog post at Zero Hedge, after president elect Trump’s call to the leader of Taiwan. In “Trump’s Shot Across China’s Bow,” he articulates various times in history when miscommunications between nations have led to wars that would have otherwise been, possibly, prevented. The current “bromance” between Trump and Putin has caused some angst in national security and global circles. This is understandable.
Setting aside the more complex issues of the recent energy and currency wars based in the decades long reign of the petro-dollar and the BRIC’s nations attempts to unseat that global financial hegemony, it is helpful to shed more light on what is more obvious to the casual observer.
Both Trump and Clinton in the 2016 presidential debates made their foreign policy priorities clear. Hillary Clinton was very clear she was going to challenge Putin and his military adventurism (whether in the Ukraine and Crimea or the Middle East) by insisting on a “no fly” zone over Syria. This, a notion long time ago hobbled by hers and the outgoing Obama administration’s failure to act years ago in that country, would have put American NAVY and air force fighter jockeys in immediate direct conflict with the Russian and Syrian air forces. There already is a no-fly zone in Syria. It’s enforced by Russian air power, backed up by their S-300 air defense missile systems. It would have been WWIII.
Trump’s foreign policy priorities are China and the South China sea. He was very adamant about it in the debates, and it is even more clear in his foreign policy priorities listed on his web site. He has stated he supports Russia destroying ISIS, and we should let them do it. Daniel Cloud says that Trump’s phone call to Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen was a clear warning shot across China’s bow concerning any repercussions on moves they might make in the future against that country, and how, historically, not doing so – being clear on our intentions and potential responses to scenarios like this – can only invite disaster. He is right, and I agree with other analysts who presented the same theory. Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait is a perfect example. I remember that well.
Here’s the wrinkle: while Team Trump is gearing up to challenge “Chy-Na!” and their expansionism in the South China sea and currency manipulation in the years ahead, forecasting his position to the Chinese, he’s failing to maintain the same deterrence against Russia and her allies in the immediate future as they seek to expand their influence throughout the Middle East.
10 Thus saith the Lord God; It shall also come to pass, that at the same time shall things come into thy mind, and thou shalt think an evil thought:
11 And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates… (Ezekial 38:10-11)
The inevitable target in that scenario? The Bible teaches explicitly in Ezekial 38-39 that “in the latter days” a coalition from the North (Russia is now dug in, in Syria) will invade the “hills of Israel.” With the radical changes nationally and globally in energy and the currency wars and the withdrawal of America from the Middle East as a priority because of our energy independence, Israel is in a precarious position, more than any time in their history.
I understand perfectly Trump has vocalized unequivocal support for the Jewish nation. Nonetheless, dealing with an individual like Putin who has dominated national news headlines for a longtime now because of his aggressiveness and shrewdness, and the extremely morally ambiguous and compromised Trump, who as a businessman views everything on a cost/benefit plane, the idea of the U.S. rushing in to defend Israel in an Ezekial 38-39 scenario is unfortunately based largely on a lot of sentimentalism and severely misplaced hope. Hope in Trump, not the Holy One of Israel.
Israeli Air Force jets struck targets in Damascus and hit a Hizballah arms convoy bound for Lebanon Tuesday night. This was an intriguing uptick because of the target. Israel has vowed to prevent Hezbollah from obtaining “game-changing” arms — in particular advanced anti-aircraft systems and chemical weapons. Everybody knows this, including Russia and the United States. Apparently their security services found out something.
These types of incidents involving Israel are important to note because they can have a domino effect in an already hair-trigger situation. Up to this point, most of the players involved have fortunately elected to not push Israel further.
The Persians continue to prepare for an even more aggressive role in the Middle East. Especially with the election of Donald Trump, his appointment of retired United States Marine Corps general James “Mad Dog” Mattis for Secretary of Defense, and the incoming American administration’s stated 180 degree reversal in posture dealing with them.