Monday, December 11, 2017

Matthew Levitt's 'Balfour Moment'

"Dr Matthew Levitt, an expert in counter-terrorism with pro-Israel think tank the Washington Institute, said he believed most dire predictions of critics would probably not happen, and noted that Trump's statement on the decision was nuanced, calling for all parties to maintain the status quo at Jerusalem's holy sites." (Trump's week of wins, at long last, Nick O'Malley, Sydney Morning Herald, 9/12/17)

Hello? Nuance? Trump?

You can just imagine the likes of Levitt commenting on the Balfour Declaration in 1917: 'Balfour's declaration was nuanced, stating that "nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine".'

1 comment:

Grappler said...

Trump is not nuanced. When he called for curbs on immigration it unleashed racist (not all) immigration officers to treat visitors to the US in a bad way. When he downplayed the white supremacist marches he empowered them. And when he gives Jerusalem to Israel on a platter, he empowers the settlers whose target will be Haram al-Sharif and then the Middle East will explode.