House passes compromise $1.3 trillion budget bill
The U.S. House has easily approved a bipartisan $1.3 trillion measure handing huge spending increases to defense programs and domestic initiatives ranging from road-building to biomedical research.
Friday’s controversial anti-Israel resolution by the United Nations (U.N.) is forecasted to trigger major changes in both the Republican and Democratic parties next month.
A U.S.-born Israeli terrorism expert hopes that incoming Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer will take strong stand with President-elect Donald Trump against the controversial U.N. resolution against Israel.
A great deal of commotion has been made of the fact that prominent Democrats – including Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz – issued strong condemnations against President Barack Obama's decision to abstain from voting on a U.N. Security Council resolution calling on Israel to halt Jewish settlement construction in the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem.
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) who is the incoming Senate Democratic leader – and also Jewish – recently pointed out that the biased treatment that the Jewish State continues to received must come to an end.
"[The] U.N. has been a fervently anti-Israel body since the days of 'Zionism is racism' and, unfortunately, that fervor has never diminished," Schumer asserted.
Kerry's speech plain nonsense
David Rubin says Secretary of State John Kerry's speech on Wednesday defending the controversial U.N. Security Council resolution against Israel "was just one untruth after another."
The resolution called for a halt of Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Kerry said the U.S. decision to abstain from the Council's vote was all about protecting the two-state solution as well as "democratic values." But Rubin says Kerry's discussion about values was absurd.
"What nonsense! What absolute nonsense that John Kerry would be so ignorant of his own country's Judeo-Christian heritage. It's just absurd!" he tells OneNewsNow. "It was just one untruth after another."
Rubin also disputes Kerry's claim that the U.S. had nothing to do with the crafting of the resolution it ultimately abstained from voting on. Clearly, he says, it was coordinated with Obama and Kerry.
"There was a meeting on December 12. There were no details on the website, of course, about what happened there because it was a secret meeting. And why would they publicize something like this?" he acknowledges. "But clearly, what happened two weeks later is evidence that all of this was planned and coordinated with the Obama administration."
However, David Rubin – a former mayor of the Israeli city of Shiloh – is a bit skeptical when it comes to Schumer.
"I look at Chuck Schumer and, yes, he did cry some crocodile tears about this resolution – and publicly so – but the fact is Chuck Schumer was one of Hillary Clinton's biggest supporters,” Rubin pointed out. “And for eight years, Chuck Schumer was one of President Obama's biggest supporters. He also supported the infamous Iran deal, which is going to be one big headache for President Trump to undo. So, he's not exactly innocent himself."
Despite his doubts, Rubin says that Schumer has a chance redeem himself.
"[Schumer can win back trust] by taking a very strong stand against that U.N. resolution and standing with the Republican president in standing against that resolution."
Rubin has authored several books about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Shooting his own party in the foot …
Meanwhile, a Christian political science professor argues that Obama's recent parting shot at Israel by pushing and refusing to veto the recent U.N. resolution will make it harder for the Democratic Party to unify and become the loyal opposition to the Republican-controlled government next year when Trump takes over the White House.
As mentioned above, some congressional Democrats have issued scathing condemnations against Obama and his administration for breaking with the longstanding tradition of vetoing anti-Israel resolutions at the United Nations Security Council. The United States abstained from the recent vote calling for a halt of Jewish settlements in the West Bank and Eastern Jerusalem.
Dr. Charles Dunn, who is professor emeritus of government at Clemson University, insists that the Obama administration’s decision to abstain from the recent vote calling for a halt of Jewish settlements in the West Bank and Eastern Jerusalem will come back to haunt Democrats.
"President Obama is increasingly making it harder on the Democratic Party to unify and become the loyal opposition to the Republican Party," Dunn contended.
Dunn also maintains that the president's policy is alienating more than just Jewish supporters.
"The support among evangelicals for the State of Israel is overwhelming – it's gargantuan,” the political expert stressed. “So, Obama's action -- with regard to Israel before the United Nations – is reinforcing the reasons why evangelical voters are increasingly turning against the Democratic Party."
For these reasons, Dunn asserts that Obama is making it hard for his own party to unify under such circumstances.
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