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Why Trump’s Policies And Israel’s New Law Could Lead To Real Peace

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Amid headlines from the usual suspects about President Trump ‘criticizing Israeli settlements’ (including the leftist press in Israel) the truth is that Trump’s policies and Israel’s new law could lead to real peace.

What President Trump actually said was that the creation of new settlements was not helpful when it came to “the process of reaching peace.”

With a meeting coming up between the president and Israeli PM Netanyahu, someone he’s been on friendly terms with for years, it’s obvious that the Donald is laying the groundwork for a serious attempt at a deal. In an interview with Israel Hayom, President Trump had some revealing things to say.

After praising PM Netanyahu, voicing his expectation of an excellent future relationship with Israel and harshly criticizing the Iran deal, the conversation turned to Jerusalem and Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria.

Actually President Trump has said nothing negative about building and expanding existing Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria. Nor will he. In fact when he was asked whether he was going to condemn Israeli announcements of building in existing Jewish communities like the previous administration, he responded “No, I don’t want to condemn Israel. Israel has had a long history of condemnation and difficulty. And I don’t want to be condemning Israel. I understand Israel very well, and I respect Israel a lot, and they have been through a lot. I would like to see peace and beyond that. And I think that peace for Israel would be a good thing for the Israeli people, not just a good thing, a great thing.” …

” They [ new settlements] don’t help the process. I can say that. There is so much land left. And every time you take land for settlements, there is less land left. But we are looking at that, and we are looking at some other options we’ll see. ”

That hardly qualifies as ‘criticizing settlements.’ It’s simply a self-evident statement and an attempt at prepping the ground with an appearance of neutrality pending any coming negotiations. And President Trump also had this to say about relocating the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem:

Q: How soon will you decide on the issue of relocating the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem?

“Well, I want Israel to be reasonable with respect to peace. I want to see peace happen. It should happen. After all these years. … Maybe there is even a chance for a bigger peace than just Israel and the Palestinians. I would like to see a level of reasonableness of both parties, and I think we have a good chance of doing that.”

Q: And the embassy?

“I am thinking about the embassy, I am studying the embassy [issue], and we will see what happens. The embassy is not an easy decision. It has obviously been out there for many, many years, and nobody has wanted to make that decision. I’m thinking about it very seriously, and we will see what happens.”

Q: You always speak about making good deals. Don’t the Palestinians have to make concessions as well?


“Yeah. They do. Absolutely. It has to be good for everybody. No deal is good if it is not good for everybody, and we are in that process, and we will see what happens. People have been in that process for many decades, and it has been going a long for a long time. So many people think it cannot be made. I have very smart people that … say a deal can’t be made. I disagree with them. I think a deal should be made, and it can be made,” he concluded.

What President Trump is doing here is straight out of ‘The Art Of The Deal.’ He is deliberately positioning himself so that the U.S. can appear as a reasonable arbiter. With the Israelis, whom he knows are the far more reasonable party, he’s holding out certain carrots; an embassy in Jerusalem, recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s undivided capitol as well as  recognition  of Jewish communities and their right to natural growth in Judea and Samaria. There’s also the promise of demanding real life meaningful concessions from the Arabs whom call themselves ‘Palestinians’ as part of any deal  as opposed to just taking Abbas’s word for it. He’s even holding out the promise of formal relations between Israel and the other Arab states. While those relationships exist in reality, especially with Saudis Arabia and the Gulf States, they’re clandestine. And Trump’s disdainful mention of the Iran deal maybe points to something big in the future. Nothing unites like a common enemy.

With the ‘Palestinians’,  Trump’s using the stick.

Some fake news articles from the usual sources have mentioned that  ‘officials’ are reaching out to the Arabs whom call themselves ‘Palestinians’ ot reassure them nothing’s changed.  It’s news to their leaders, who are literally going berserk. President Trump not only froze $21 million Obama gifted to ‘Palestine’ indefinitely, he’s also defunding UN bodies who recognize ‘Palestine’ like UNESCO. And the U.S. just blocked a UN appointment for former ‘Palestinian’ PM Salem Fayyad. In contrast, Trump selected as U.S. Ambassador to Israel none other than David Friedman, who supports moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem as well as the Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria.

What Trump is doing with the ‘Palestinians’ is the equivalent of training a puppy. He’s letting them know there are consequences for their incitement, violence and intransigence and that if they want to receive certain privileges like anything resembling statehood they had better behave appropriately.

This is something they have never have had to deal with before, and it might actually result in peace if they get the message. The Donald is just setting up the climate for a shot at making a deal, and if Abbas wants anything at all he’s going to have to be willing to come to the table with real concessions that mean something or wind up with NOTHING.

Don’t be surprised if Abbas ends up with demilitarized autonomy in Area A and perhaps some of Area B when and if a deal gets made…exactly what they were supposed to get under Oslo, rather than ‘statehood.’

Another piece of the puzzle has to do with so new legislation passed by the Israeli Knesset.

Israel’s newly passed Regulation Law, legalizes Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria that were unknowingly built on land that may have been privately owned by Arabs or where the inhabitants had permission from the Israeli government to do so.

The law provides for a legal settlement to owners of private land who can prove their claims of 125% of the land’s assessed value or the equivalent of 20 years rent on the raw land.

Basically, this is eminent domain, similar to laws in many other countries that allow private land to be acquired for public benefit. In many cases, title would have transferred by adverse possession (open use of the land for a statutory period without an objection from the owners) without compensation being required. Again, most countries have this kind of law, so the Israeli government is actually being more lenient in passing this law then they need to be.

This is direct defiance  to the UN’s bigoted Resolution 2334, which sought to impose a ridiculous settlement with no regards to Israel or to previous agreements whatsoever.

You’d never know it listening to the UN squawk, but in actual fact,  the Regulation Law changes very little. All of the Israeli communities and almost all of the Israeli population live in Area C, which was always under Israeli sovereignty according to Oslo and was always supposed to be retained by Israel in any peace settlement, at least until Barack Hussein Obama came along. The governing authority, in some cases the Israeli government and in other cases the IDF is already permitted to acquire privately owned land for public benefit just as governments in most countries do.

What the new Regulation Law does is simply this; in places where Israelis built settlements on privately held Palestinian property without knowing it was privately owned or received the government’s consent for building  there, the Israeli government is now required to impose eminent domain and compensate the owners as described above, either 125% of the land’s assessed value or the equivalent of 20 years rent on the raw land. As opposed to evicting people whom may have lived on the land for decades.

While Israel’s Supreme Court might challenge this law, there’s a decent chance it won’t. Israel Supreme Court is far more to the Left than the Israeli government or even the majority of most Israelis, because of the bizarre way the justices are chosen…they pick their own successors. There’s currently legislation pending to change that, and since a thumbs down on the Regulation Law might be an incentive to the Knesset approving this  legislation on how Supreme Court justices are chosen, the Court may choose simply to not address it.

The ‘Palestinians’ saw Resolution 2334 as a victory, giving them everything they wanted while giving up nothing. Trump’s actions and the Israeli Regulation Law are showing them how wrong they were. The ‘Palestinians’  are now being shown in no uncertain terms that they had better be prepared to make real concession and actually negotiate in good faith for once if they want anything at all. Whether they take that opportunity is anyone’s guess, and I personally doubt they will. But if they actually do, than Trump’s polices and Israel’s new law could actually lead to real peace.

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Israel Legalizes Illegal Settlements on Palestinian Land: On the Toll on the Rule of Law

Israel’s legislature passed a law on February 6, 2017 retroactively legalizing Jewish settlements on privately owned Palestinian land. Incredibly, the state’s own attorney general said he would not defend the new law in court because he had determined the law to unconstitutional and in violation of international law. Anat Ben Nun of an anti-settlement group said the law was “deteriorating Israel’s democracy, making stealing an official policy.”[1]Specifically, the Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, including those offered financial compensation for the “long term use of their land” but without being able to reclaim their property under the new law, “are not Israeli citizens and cannot vote for candidates for Israel’s Parliament, or Kenesset.”[2]I submit nevertheless that the underlying casualty in this case is the rule of law itself.
The full essay is at “Israel Legalizes Illegal Settlements.”


1. Ian Fisher, “Israel Passes Provocative Legislation to Retroactively Legalize Settlements,” The New York Times, February 7, 2017.

2. Ibid.

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Trump adopts Obama’s policy towards Israel

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Paraplegic British Cop Walks

What a remarkable story! But in a way, it’s not. It’s what happens in societies that are free to develop new ideas and revolutionary concepts. Remember, there was a day when the steam engine was just as remarkable. From Jewish News via Weaponsman Nicki Donnelly was confined to a wheelchair after being seriously injured in […]

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Congratulations Ambassador Haley

Yeah!  The United States Senate just voted 96-4 to confirm Nikki Haley as the next United States Ambassador to the United Nations.Israel, help is on the way!Congratulations and God Bless, Ambassador Haley!

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Jerusalem, Israel In Amazing 3D

This was first published in August of 2011. Hat Tip:  My sister-in-law Francine, a great American patriot and friend of Israel.Please play this in full screen mode to get the full effect of the beauty of Jerusalem, Israel. There is no political st…

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RJC Urges Swift Confirmation Of Nikki Haley As UN Ambassador

I always look forward to my Republican Jewish Coalition newsletter and I loved today’s [Jan. 19, 2017] first article it had in a strong recommendation for quick confirmation by the US Senate of Gov Nikki Haley, R-SC, as the next United States Ambassador to the United Nations.

The RJC Newsletter referenced a Fox News story where Nikki Haley blasted the United Nations: Nowhere has the U.N.’s failure been more consistent and more outrageous than in its bias against our close ally Israel,” Haley said.  She added: “I will not go to New York and abstain when the U.N. seeks to create an international environment that encourages boycotts of Israel. I will never abstain when the United Nations takes any action that comes in direct conflict with the interests and values of the United States.

Governor Nikki Haley, R-SC, a great friend  of the Jewish state of Israel, and the next United States Ambassador to the United Nations

The newsletter then had a link to their website, the Republican Jewish Coalition, where they urged Swift Confirmation of Governor Haley: Matt Brooks, the RJC Executive Director, starts out in the statement: “Governor Haley’s testimony further confirms what we already know: Israel once again will have a friend in the United States.”  Matt Brooks adds, “As the first governor to back anti-BDS legislation, Governor Haley has already shown her words are more than just empty rhetoric.” 

Matt Brooks concludes in the statement, which the Tales wholeheartedly agrees with: The RJC is proud to support Governor Haley’s nomination as Ambassador to the U.N. and encourages a swift Senate confirmation.”

Please click here to read the entire statement from the Republican Jewish Coalition.




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Come Join The Republican Jewish Coalition

I was listening today to the the intelligent radio talk show, the Hugh Hewitt show, and was happy to hear Hugh Hewitt interview Matt Brooks, the executive director of an organization I belong to, the “Republican Jewish Coalition”.  I have that int…

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Trump puts brakes on his promises to Israel

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Bravo To Maestro Zubin Mehta As He Announces His Retirement

This announcement from Haaretz on December 26, 2016: “Legendary Maestro Zubin Mehta Announces Retirement From Israel Philharmonic Orchestra” – “After over three decades at its helm, the Indian-born conductor will leave in October 2018

Maestro Zubin Mehta [born April 29, 1936] – Bravo! to excellence

This from the Zubin Mehta biography page:  “Zubin Mehta was born in 1936 in Bombay [India] and received his first musical education under his father’s Mehli Mehta’s guidance who was a noted concert violinist and the founder of the Bombay Symphony Orchestra.”

By 1961 he had already conducted the Vienna, Berlin and Israel Philharmonic Orchestras and has recently celebrated 50 years of musical collaboration with all three ensembles.”

Zubin Mehta continues to support the discovery and furtherance of musical talents all over the world. Together with his brother Zarin he is a co-chairman of the Mehli Mehta Music Foundation in Bombay where more than 200 children are educated in Western Classical Music. The Buchmann-Mehta School of Music in Tel Aviv develops young talent in Israel and is closely related to the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, as is a new project of teaching young Arab Israelis in the cities of Shwaram and Nazareth with local teachers and members of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.”

The Tales wishes Maestro Mehta congratulations for his upcoming retirement in 2018 and all the best blessings.

Thanks to Rachel Ramon You Tube for this video of a surprise birthday celebration for Maestro Mehta in Tel Aviv on his 80th Birthday in April of this year, 2016:


On 24th December 2011, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, celebrated its 75th Anniversary with a concert conducted by Zubin Mehta in Tel Aviv.  Here is Maestro Mehta leading the orchestra in Chopin’s beautiful piano concerto #1, with virtuoso pianist, Israeli-Russian, Evgeny Kissin as the soloist.

Frederic Chopin: Piano Concerto #1 in E minor:


Listen to this wonderful interpretation of the final movement of Beethoven’s mesmerizing “Pastoral” 6th Symphony by Zubin Mehta as he leads the Israeli Philharmonic in one of my favorite symphonies.

L.V. Beethoven: Symphony #6 in F Major, “Pastoral”, Movement 5, Allegretto:  


Now here is Maestro Zubin Mehta leading the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in Tel Aviv in 2004 in Beethoven’s pensive Piano Concerto #4 with pianist supreme, Mitsuko Uchida, the soloist. 

L.V. Beethoven: Piano Concerto #4 in G Major: [note, Mitsuko Uchida also plays an encore – Mozart’s piano sonata in 
C Major, “semplice”, Andante movement]:


In this final video tribute to Maestro Mehta, please turn up the volume and enjoy this live recording from 1988 in Tel Aviv at the 40 year celebration of the state of Israel, where Zubin Mehta leads the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in Israel’s National Anthem, Hatikva, the ‘Hope’.

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Bravo and best wishes, Maestro Zubin Mehta!


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A new Trump Tower?

I’m still buried under a mountain of stuff, but shoveling as fast as I can to clean up a field in Louisiana (if you understand that joke, we share a taste in movies). But this is rather important. It was a feckless and reckless move on the part of Obama, by now that should surprise no […]

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Kerry’s award-winning speech

Lost in all of the criticism of John Kerry’s long-winded speech yesterday is ‘praise’ he received from Alan Dershowitz. In an interview on Fox News’ Kelly File, Prof. Dershowitz said “this speech should win an Academy Award for best fictional presentation.” The interview started with Sandra Smith asking Prof. Dershowitz “Do you think there was […]

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After UN resolution and Kerry speech, is Obama saving Israel’s worst for last?

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John Kerry vs Alan Dershowitz

John Kerry’s history on foreign policy throughout the years has been nothing short of a disaster. This morning, John Kerry ended his foreign policy career with a disastrous, rambling, lengthy speech at Foggy Bottom. Let’s skip the formalities and stipulate that the Obama administration hates Benjamin Netanyahu. That’s why President Obama sent his campaign team […]

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Netanyahu’s Response To Kerry’s Speech

“Like the Security Council Resolution that Kerry “advanced” in the UN, [Sec of State-John] Kerry’s speech was skewed against Israel,” was the main take away of John Kerry’s speech, from the Israeli Prime Minister’s administration. quick response f…

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Hugh Hewitt Interviews Dr. Michael Oren and Amb Ron Dermer

Hugh HewittBecause of the Obama administration’s anti-Israel play at the United Nations, Hugh Hewitt, host of the Hugh Hewitt radio show, interviewed two important voices and patriots from Israel, Dr. Michael Oren , Deputy Minister for Diplomacy, …

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Alan Dershowitz On What Obama Meant When He Said He Had Israel’s Back

Professor of Law, Alan DershowitzAlan Dershowitz, Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, is no conservative Republican. In fact, I think I am right in saying he voted for President Obama both times for president.  But I have noticed he is very mu…

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Dishonesty, betrayal & backstabbing

When honestly assessing the Obama administration’s abstention in Friday’s UN Security Council vote on Israeli settlements in the West Bank, it’s impossible to say that the administration didn’t want to stab Israel in the back on its way out the door. It’s impossible to say that the Obama administration’s speech after the vote wasn’t extremely […]

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Obama’s anti-Israel administration

Thankfully, President Obama’s anti-Israel administration is quickly coming to an end. Unfortunately, it got in one last cheapshot against Israel on its way out the door. This afternoon, the “United States on Friday allowed a UN Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlement construction to be adopted, defying extraordinary pressure from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government […]

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