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‘We have no intent of sharing this land’: Trump gambit lets Israelis doom 2-state solution for full apartheid

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Right-wing Israelis are reportedly no longer interested in a two-state solution with the Palestinians after they have been emboldened by President Donald Trump, who recently made the controversial decision to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, which is currently shared by Jews, Christians and Muslims.

The New York Times reported this week that the “Israeli right wing is moving quickly in the new year to make it far more difficult to create a Palestinian state, signaling its intention to doom hopes for a two-state solution to the conflict.”

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According to the Times, President Trump’s decision has encouraged right-wing Israelis to suggest that Palestinians would never have their own state, leaving them in an apartheid-style limbo at the mercy of the Israeli government.

“We are telling the world that it doesn’t matter what the nations of the world say,” Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan was quoted telling over a thousand members of Likud’s central committee. “The time has come to express our biblical right to the land.”

Terrestrial Jerusalem’s Daniel Seidemann said that Israelis are now openly talking about making apartheid the permanent solution for Palestinians.

“What was winked and nodded about before is now being acknowledged publicly: ‘We have no intent of sharing this land with anybody else except as a barely tolerated minority,’” Seidemann explained to the Times.

Israel’s attorney general, Avichai Mandelblit, over the weekend published instructions that require all new laws to explain how they would be applied to Palestinian terroriries.

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The Times added:

But opponents of the occupation said the little-noticed bureaucratic move had great significance. “The Knesset cannot pass laws that are valid in Japan,” said Hagit Ofran, an advocate at Peace Now, a leftist group that opposes settlements, referring to the Israeli Parliament. “You can only legislate in places that you have jurisdiction. And if they claim jurisdiction over occupied territories, it means they’re annexed.”

Mr. Seidemann, of Terrestrial Jerusalem, said that measures applying Israeli law to Israelis living in the occupied territories would formally set up a democratic system for Israelis while leaving Palestinians subject to military rule.

“That narrows the comfort zone between Israel and the a-word rather dramatically,” he said, referring to apartheid.


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‘A coward and a commander’: New Lincoln Project ad contrasts Trump with James Mattis

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On Friday, the conservative anti-Trump group The Lincoln Project released a new attack ad against President Donald Trump — this time using the criticism of his former Defense Secretary James Mattis, and comparing and contrasting their leadership ability.

"This is the story of a coward and a commander," said the ad's narrator. "The coward Trump dodged the draft. Jim Mattis led American troops for forty years. While a frightened Trump hides from protesters in a deep bunker firing off tweets, Jim Mattis does what he's always done: Leads. While Donald Trump angrily attacks, General Mattis' words deserve to be heard by every American."

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NFL Commissioner Goodell apologizes for league’s indifference to players’ protests against racism

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On Friday, CNN reported that National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell is acknowledging his organization turned a blind eye when his athletes took a knee to protest racism and police violence, and issued a formal apology.

"We, the National Football League, admit we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest," Goodell said in a newly released Instagram video. "It has been a difficult time for our country. In particular, black people in our country. First, my condolences to the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and all the families who have endured police brutality."

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Maxine Waters calls for Trump’s Cabinet initiate the 25th Amendment ‘before this would-be dictator takes us all down’

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Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) called for Donald Trump to be removed from office on Friday.

"Is there one brave member of Trump’s cabinet who would move to initiate the 25th Amendment to remove him from office?" Waters asked on the president's favorite social networking platform.

The 25th Amendment would allow Vice President Mike Pence to ascend to the presidency if a majority of Trump's cabinet declares "the president is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office."

"Now is the time to save our country before this would-be dictator takes us all down!" Waters warned.

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