Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has done it again.
As detailed in yesterday’s Times by veteran reporter Peter Baker, Netanyahu is cutting aid and other ties to nations which disagree with him on his provocative, illegal settlement policies, which were condemned by the UN on Friday. United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334 condemned Israel’s illegal settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, and Netanyahu called in US ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro for a peremptory dressing down. “We do not turn the other cheek,” Netanyahu said. Netanyahu has threatened to cut off Israel’s funding to the UN.
As part of his meltdown, Netanyahu canceled a visit from Ukraine’s prime minister. Since your solitary reporter's paternal grandparents escaped from a shtetl on the banks of the Dnieper River, in Ukraine, after a pogrom, he feels personally insulted, but he feels even more insulted by Netanyahu’s constant interference in electoral politics in the United States.
Last week, associate solitary reporter Johanna Jones was with president-elect Donald Trump when he received a call from مَحْمُود عَبَّاس (Mahmoud Abbas), the President of the State of Palestine. Abbas invited Trump to visit his capital, Ramallah, to gain some impression, however imprecise, of the situation of the Palestinian people. Meanwhile, Trump has called the United Nations a place where people talk but take no action.
“There is only one thing that might interest me in visiting Ramallah,” Trump told Abbas, “and that is, how soon can you send everybody in Ramallah to Jordan?”
Abbas was silent for ten seconds, but he then said, “But what if I let you put a casino resort there, right next to my home?”
Trump responded immediately: “Now you’re talkin’.”