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Takes on the World
Host Jeff Blankfort
 Jeff Blankfort  Contact Contributor
April 10, 2019, 2:21 p.m.
In an extended program, due to a missing guest, I covered a range of subjects, beginning with Trump’s responding favorably to Netanyahu’s wishes over the Pentagon and CIA’s opposition by designating Iran’s Revolutionary Guards as a “terrorist” organization, the latter being concerned about the likely endangerment of US troops in Iraq and Syria from Shia groups linked to the IRGC. I NPR for failing to report on the internal opposition to Trump’s action despite it having been on the front page of the NY Times.

I will comment later that this is just the latest effort by Trump in fulfilling Netanyahu’s wish list and makes it more than likely that the Israeli PM will take advantage of Trump’s presence in the White House to follow through on his election eve promise and begin annexing Jewish settlements in the West Bank, confident that the US will veto any Security Council resolution that calls for Israel’s censuring.

I note that Netanyahu selected the 71st anniversary of the massacre of the Palestinian village of Deir Yassin by Jewish terrorists and that the two terrorist gang leaders, Menachem Begin and Yitzhak Shamir would later become Israeli prime ministers.

I go from there to Las Vegas where Republican Jewish mega billionaire and the Republican and Trump’s major funder is hosting another of his projects, the Republican Jewish Coalition where he meets with Trump who draws cheers from the crowed when speaking of Netanyahu as “their prime minister.” He the proudly touts all the things he has done for Israel and America’s Jews.

I then refer to a Jewish Telegraphic Agency article that describes the fault lines between Republicans and Democrats over Israel and the extent of differences among the Democrat campaign field, from Beto O’Rourke, who calls Netanyahu a racist, to Amy Globuchar who is in AIPAC’s pocket.

I go from her statement that she supports a “two state solution” to revea l the fact that when two states might actually have been viable, in the late 80s, it was universally opposed by the Democrats and illustrate that by describing what occurred when a measure was placed on the San Francisco ballot in 1988 that offered support for two states and the ugly, cynical response by its opponents, with money from across the country, to defeat it.

Should Netanyahu annex the settlements and the odds are that he will, Trump will surely support it and the illusion of two states will finally be put to rest, leaving the Democrats politically naked, something that Trump and the Republicans would surely enjoy.

I go from there to an article by Norman Solomon criticizing Barbara Lee’s crucial vote in the House Foreign Relations Committee that allowed a vote on Trump’s bloated military budget to go the floor for a vote. He included Lee’s incomprehensible response.
I then mention that on my previous program I had interviewed Dr. Lee Artz about the behind the scenes role the US has been playing to destroy the Venezuelan economy and bring down its government, none of which is ever mentioned by NPR whose Ari Shapiro went to the border with Colombia to interview Venezuelans who had fled the country, were in dire conditions, setting up, what I suggested was the demand for “humanitarian intervention” by the US. (more later).

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