By Derek Caney
No one thinking seriously about peace can ignore the reality of the threat settlements pose to peace. – John Kerry, secretary of state under former President Barack Obama, Dec. 28, 2016
We cannot continue to let Israel be treated with such total disdain and disrespect. They used to have a great friend in the U.S., but not anymore. The beginning of the end was the horrible Iran deal, and now this! Stay strong Israel, January 20th is fast approaching – President Donald Trump Dec. 28, 2016
“While we don’t believe the existence of settlements is an impediment to peace, the construction of new settlements or the expansion of existing settlements beyond their current borders may not be helpful in achieving that goal.” – White House statement, Feb. 2, 2017
The White House statement could disappoint Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his far-right support, which had hoped that Trump would give an unqualified green light on settlement construction in the West Bank and east Jerusalem. Netanyahu visits the United States in two weeks.
Meanwhile top Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway justified the ban on travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries using what she called the "Bowling Green Massacre," which never actually happened. There were, in fact, two Iraqi citizens living in Bowling Green, Kentucky, who were trying to send weapons and money to al Qaeda. But no attack by any Iraqis occurred there. There was bloodshed in Bowling Green, but it was in 1862 during the Civil War.
GE, Boeing and a host of other exporters formed a coalition to back a House Republican plan to tax all imports in an effort to "support American jobs and American-made products." They will find themselves pitted against the likes of Target and Best Buy, who are heavy importers.
That's how much Snapchat wants to raise in its IPO. But it wants investors to have no say on how the company is run. Oh, and they're not promising any profits any time soon. Japan plans to present a plan to Trump next week could create 700,000 jobs in the United States, including investments in high-speed trains and cybersecurity. Japan plans to invest $150 billion in public and private funds over 10 years, according to government sources.