Another Foreign Policy Dispute – Dems Write Letter To Pompeo Opposing Israeli Settlement Policy

Yet another policy dispute stirred up by Democrats. On Thursday 100 Democrats submitted a letter to Mike Pompeo, the secretary of state, asking the State Department to reconsider its policy to stop calling Israeli settlements a violation of international law.

The letter was authored by rep Andy Levin, D-Mich demanding in no uncertain terms that the State Department reverse this policy immediately. Voters can only assume that Democrats have forgotten that foreign policy is made by the President, not by a group of bickering Democrats. Over a hundred Democrats decided to jump on the Bandwagon as a new opportunity to oppose Trump on something else and signed the letter. Of course, the usual culprits, like Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Maxine Waters were leading the pack.

However, in a rare show of solidarity with Israel, some Jewish Democrats refused to sign the letter. Only 7 of the 23 Jewish Democrats in Congress signed the letter to Pompeo.

In typical Democratic fashion the letter preaches:

“In ignoring international law, this administration has undermined America’s moral standing and sent a dangerous message to those who do not share our values: human rights and international law, which have governed the international order and protected U.S. troops and civilians since 1949, no longer apply.”

Levin, who is one of the few Jewish Democrats who actually signed the letter (after writing it), claims he recently had a vision of a viable two-state solution while visiting Israel and the West Bank. Not only does he believe that a two-state solution is possible he also believes that it is imminent.

Pompeo last Monday announced that the US Government would discontinue its longstanding position to condemn Israeli settlements as a violation of international law. The move is seen by many as an attempt by the US to strengthen Israel’s position in future negotiations regarding the establishment of a Palestinian State.

In effect, the current administration is rejecting a legal opinion authored by the State Department all the way back in 1978. That legal opinion stated that civilian settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories are inconsistent with international law. In addition, Pompeo announced that the US would also be reversing an Obama era decision to pass a UN Security Council resolution condemning the settlements as a “flagrant violation” of international law.

This is the second time Trump is breaking with his predecessors. Earlier in his term, Trump decided to recognize Jerusalem as the only true Israeli capital and move the US embassy to Jerusalem accordingly. Many presidents before Trump have promised to move the embassy to Jerusalem have promised during their campaigns but then later reneged on their promises claiming the conditions on the ground were too volatile for such a provocative move.

Levin further accuses the administration of sabotaging any efforts of brokering a peace treaty between Israel and Palestine. He claims that these policy changes “severely damaged prospects for peace, and endangered the security of America, Israel and the Palestinian people.”

The announcement received widespread support from leaders in Israel including Israel’s embattled Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Netanyahu called the announcement another historic moment, while many leaders of the international community predictably did not like the announcement.

Federica Mogherini, the Vice President of the European Commission said, “The EU will continue to support a resumption of a meaningful process towards a negotiated two-state solution, the only realistic and viable way to fulfill the legitimate aspirations of both parties.”

Other Security Council members called the shift in Israel policy illegal and claim that the announcement would undermine any potential two-state solution.

However, in a gathering in the city of Hebron thousands of Jews celebrated the historic announcement. Leaders said that the announcement is lending a whole new meaning to the traditional celebration of a biblical matriarch. The spokesman for the Jewish community in Hebron, Yishai Fleisher, praised President Trump saying, “We took time to honor President Trump and the administration and to be appreciative of that brave declaration of truth.”

Fleisher further tweeted later, “35,000 indigenous Jews make #pilgrimage to the Judean city of #Hebron and honor @realDonaldTrump & Administration for supporting our right to live in the ancestral homeland!!”

Nabil Abu Rudeineh, a spokesman for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, condemned the announcement. He said, “The U.S. administration has lost its credibility to play any future role in the peace process.”

An unfortunate reality on the ground in the Middle East is that with no near term solution in sight it becomes more and more difficult to maintain policies that ignore the facts. Israel is there to stay, whether the Palestinians like it or not.

25 thoughts on “Another Foreign Policy Dispute – Dems Write Letter To Pompeo Opposing Israeli Settlement Policy”

  1. These Democrats really need a lesson in how our government works. They seem to think that the President has no powers at all and all the power for any and all decisions is theirs. How did we elect so many really dumb people? I hope the voters have finally learned and will vote all of these anti-American illiterates our of office.

  2. The Dems once again define themselves
    As anti Semitic white supremacists who do
    Not support our own ally in the Middle East.
    Not surprising the same party that sent a plane load of cash to our enemy Iran. Who then used it to attack and kill Americans! Democrats Have To Be Voted OUT next November!!!

  3. Democrats to not make Foreign Policy, the President does. I am beginning to think the moronic Liberal Democrats are starting to believe that the 2 imbecile Muslim’s in the House are making to much noise about Israel.

  4. Pompeo should send back a letter: “Sure, I’ll do what you ask… as soon as you let POTUS pass a new immigration law package, fully fund the Mexico-USA border wall, approve the USMCA, etc.” Wait, those are Congress’ job you say? SO IS FOREIGN POLICY – POTUS’ job, that is!

    1. Now you’re talking! It’s time for the republicans to give the dumbocrats a taste of their own medicine. Simply ignore them and do not give them the courtesy of a reply. I find it very disturbing that we do not yet have at least a half dozen of these criminal bastards under indictment for the real and obvious crimes they have committed. Can anybody explain why? Look at what Mueller did. He put republicans in federal prison for nothing why the republicans can’t take this beyond ineffectual grumblings on the evening news mystifies me. It’s as if they want to give the dims plenty of time to destroy evidence like Hillary did in White Water and the emails. Can’t the republicans see that the dims are seriously trying to destroy our duly elected president? Where is the republican’s “killer instinct”? Even Barr has decided not to indict Comey “at this time”.

      1. My take on the the republicans ineffectual focus on things that Require action is that the majority of them don’t want to make waves. They’re afraid that if they come out of the shadows and make a public declaration that they’ll be defeated in the next election. It that happens then there go their cushy jobs with the exorbitant annual salary, the lifetime free medical care the envy of the world, meal per diem, travel allowance, months and months of vacation, retirement packages the envy of the corporate world, junkets around the world on the taxpayers’ backs, etc. if they stay in the shadows and keep their mouths shut it will all continue. Of course, there are some republican exceptions to this but their numbers are small and they can’t do it alone.

  5. They don’t care about international law. After all it clearly states that immigrants must seek asylum in the first country they come to. Yet the democrats demand that they be allowed to come here instead of stopping in said country. We are NOT the first country between South America and our southern border. They care nothing for our constitution as they are constantly subverting it and trying everything they can to keep from upholding it.

    1. Estell you’re right as the rain. One of the many things that the liberals have been harping on hard lately is kowtowing to the transgender mutants and insisting they be allowed into the US immediately for their safety. Heck, the libs want taxpayer $’s to be used to buy makeup and build or retrofit special quarters for them and they want these miscreants given immediate entry into US society ahead of all others. If this isn’t pandering to the LGBTQ deviant US citizens I don’t know what is.

  6. The U.N.and the DemonCrats can all go to Hell! They have NO knowledge of how our Constitution works and they do NOT make foreign policy, the President does!!

  7. The Democratic party has gone to the other side , they cater to un-Americans who hate our values like Christianity our God and his only begotten son Jesus Christ. They obstruct, tear down statue’s , flags , murals , just like ISIS did ! Open boarders for what reason ! When Jesus return’s a huge wall will be built with 12 doors . Read the “Bible” God’s letter to us. It’s all there , climate change, the two witnesses , will stop the rain for 2 years. So there you have it . Americans hold true to your religious “Christianity” beliefs and God will bless you !

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  9. Levin and his fellow Dems have shit for brains. The Palestinians don’t want a two-state solution in Isreal. They want the complete destruction of Isreal. They have stated this many times. Isreal is right to take over these lands and make settlements out of them. Afterall, it is their land. They are just letting the Paletinians free load on it.

  10. Nothing will happen that is good for our President! The Dem’s will just have California sue and the 9th Court, in California, they will overturn anything that the Republicans or the President does! We don’t have Congress anymore, what we have is the DNC requirements and the Dem’s in the House and the Senator will do as the DNC tells them to do! How is it that we elect so many people who have an IQ that matches they shoe size?

  11. The Dems are full of shit again. The fact is that the Palestinians don’t want a two state solution. They want the complete destruction of Israel. They have stated this many times. Israel should continue to build settlements in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. If the Palestinians try to stop them, then they should bomb them out of existence. Trump 2020! Go Israel!

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