Last Friday, Former NSA Director Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to one charge of lying to the FBI about his conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey I. Kislyak. According to court documents released to the public, Flynn was directed by a “very senior member” of the presidential transition team, (reported to be President Trumps son-in-law, Jared Kushner) to contact the Russians in an effort to delay until after Trump takes office the vote on the United Nations resolution condemning Israel’s settlement activity. These efforts failed, and the motion passed in the last month of then President Obama’s term because Israel’s closest ally turned its back on her by refraining to veto.
To throw fuel onto the fire, the NY Times reported that Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller’s investigators “have learned through witnesses and documents that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel asked the Trump transition team to lobby other countries to help Israel, according to two people briefed on the inquiry. Investigators have learned that Mr. Flynn and Mr. Kushner took the lead in those efforts.”
Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions Movement (BDS) activists must be having a field day with these reports. Nothing like a cover up to whet the palates of anti-Semitic organizations who mask themselves as human rights crusaders. A headline such as “Kushner and Bibi Plotting Ways to Maintain Israel’s Apartheid Settlement Colonization Practices” is perfect food for the fodder.
BDS poses as an empathetic cause dedicated to human rights by means of many logical fallacies, much like the current President of the United States and many other politicians who use these notorious methods of seduction on a daily basis. The BDS’s movement uses these means to paint a picture for the world of an oppressed people subjugated by their Israeli captors.
The humanitarian cause appeals to many people’s sympathetic emotions, thus enabling the movement to get away with blatant prejudice and lies. BDS, Jewish Voice for Peace and like minded movements love to justify their anti-Semitic positions with these types of ‘‘scandals’’.
With a rational mind it is easy to see that their humanitarian cause reeks of anti-Semitic sentiment. Economically boycotting products and services produced in the settlements of the West Bank directly destroys the livelihood, medical care, and overall wellbeing of the very peoples they wish to protect. It is laughable to think the factions such as Iran that go to the extremes by boycotting every product that is remotely Jewishly is not anti-Semitic.
Dismantling the wall has brought down 90% of terrorist fatalities, it is hypocritical to shield unintentional Palestinian civilian casualties and ignore protecting the innocent lives of all Israelis. It simply is an outright lie Israeli Arabs do not enjoy the full benefits of citizenship as their Jewish Israeli peers do. It is absurd to believe a Jewish State will still exist when they call for the creation of a Palestinian State and the 'Right of Return'.
Unfortunately, the world does not act on reason and truth at all times, leaving Israel alone to defend herself against those bent on her destruction. Perhaps one day the world will listen to Israel, and seek to understand the truth behind her deeds. If this day ever comes, the world will not look at Kushner and Netanyahu’s failure to delay the UN resolution condemning Israel as scandalous, rather as a virtuous act by two brave people to defend what is right and just.
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