Moore says that the U.S. should move the embassy to Jerusalem

December 4, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Roy Moore released a statement in supporting President Donald Trump’s and Vice President Mike Pence’s efforts to move the American Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

“The Nation of Israel has traditionally found a strong ally in the United States of America.” Moore said. “I am grateful that the Trump-Pence Administration is actively working to restore the trust that was betrayed during the Obama era and I applaud their efforts to move the Embassy as a signal of our continued friendship.”

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Alabama elected officials react to Sec. Kerry Speech on Israel

December 29, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Wednesday, December 28, 2016, outgoing Secretary of State John Kerry (D) sharply attacked the settlement policies of the nation of Israel and demanded that they surrender territories the United Nations claims they have improperly occupied to the Palestinian State.

US Representative Bradley Byrne (R-Montrose) said in a statement, “Supporting Israel has always been a bipartisan issue, but the Obama Administration seems intent on changing that. Peace in the region isn’t going to come from the United States or the United Nations telling Israel or Palestine what to do. Any solution must come from those actually involved. This kind of ‘I know best’ speech from the Obama Administration is a fitting summary for how they have governed the last eight years.” Read More

Obama’s Israel policy draws criticism from some

December 28, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, December 26, 2016, State Representative Tim Wadsworth (R-Arley) criticized the decision by outgoing President Barack H. Obama (D) to refuse to veto a UN Security Council resolution denouncing Israel on Christmas Eve. Rep. Wadsworth wrote that the, “United States abstained in the passage of Resolution 2334 against Israel. The Resolution condemns Israel from building settlements in lands it has occupied since 1967. As a permanent member of UN, the United States could have vetoed the resolution but chose to abstain which is the same as an approval given the veto power of the US.

A similar resolution was vetoed in 2011.” Rep. Wadsworth wrote that the United States has used their veto power 42 times to protect Israel. The Resolution states that “territory occupied since 1967, including “East Jerusalem, has no legal validity.” Also “it will not recognize any changes to the 4 June 1967 lines, including with regards to Jerusalem”. In other words, it wont even recognize that the Wailing Wall is to be in Jewish hands. The Resolution states that the occupation is “ in violation of international humanitarian law”, and also states “ has no legal validity and constitutes a flagrant violation of international law.” Wadsworth (who is an attorney as well as a state legislator) warned that, “The effect of resolution could be that citizens or businesses in those areas could be subjected to litigation in some courts. The undoing of this resolution is very difficult.

The other permanent members of UN who voted for it could veto any remedial measure.” The President of Christians in Defense of Israel, Mat Staver said in a statement, “In the last 27 days of his term Obama dishonored America’s strong support of Israel, insulted Jews and Christians by his shameful act on Hanukkah and the eve of Christmas, and shook his fist at the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. This pitiful and toothless resolution of the UN Security Council will accomplish nothing but focus our resolve to clip the wings of this albatross that has long outlived its usefulness. America should defund this bureaucratic theater of the absurd.” US Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said in his own statement: “For eight long years, the Obama administration has worked systematically to undermine the nation of Israel. They actively worked to defeat Prime Minister Netanyahu, and illegally used US taxpayer funds to do so. Never has there been a more anti-Israel Administration, and today’s United Nations vote is the culmination of their systemic agenda to weaken Israel and strengthen its enemies. “I agree with the senior Israeli government official who said today: ‘President Obama and Secretary Kerry are behind this shameful move against Israel at the UN….The U.S. administration secretly cooked up with the Palestinians an extreme anti-Israeli resolution behind Israel’s back which would be a tailwind for terror and boycotts.’”

Sen. Cruz said, “Every Obama foreign policy official should be ashamed of today’s UN resolution, and any official who disagrees with or hopes to avoid the anti-Israel legacy of this Administration should resign on principle today. I also emphatically second the call of my colleague Sen. Lindsey Graham that the consequences of this disgraceful UN resolution should be severe. I look forward to working with Sen. Graham, and with the incoming Administration of President-elect Trump, to significantly reduce or even eliminate U.S. funding of the United Nations, and also to seriously reconsider financial support for the nations that supported this resolution.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s spokesman David Keyes on Sunday told CNN that Israel had “solid information” of Obama’s alleged involvement in pushing the resolution. “We have ironclad information, frankly, that the Obama administration really helped push this resolution and helped craft it, from sources internationally and sources in the Arab world,” Keyes said.” The White House has denied having any involvement in the resolution. Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes said, “We did not draft this resolution; we did not introduce this resolution. We made this decision when it came up for a vote,” but because of the U.S.’s opposition to settlement activity, it “could not in good conscience veto” the resolution.” On Tuesday Israel announced plans to build 5,600 new homes in East Jerusalem in open defiance of the new resolution.

 

(Original reporting by the Daily Wire and CNN contributed to this report)

 

Anger in response to Obama refusal to veto an anti-Israeli UN resolution

December 26, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, December 23, 2016, the UN Security Council on Friday passed a resolution demanding an end to Israeli settlement building in the disputed territories, including East Jerusalem. As a permanent member of the Security Council the US could have vetoed the resolution but abstained from doing so. A bipartisan group of leaders quickly condemned the controversial change in decades of US policy of shielding Israel from UN actions.
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Democratic Convention in Open Revolt over Whether or Not to Acknowledge God or Support Israel’s Claim to Jerusalem in Platform

September 6, 2012

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Shocking many political observers, militant atheists on the Democratic Party’s platform committee successfully pushed through a resolution that purged the Democratic Party’s platform of any acknowledgment of a higher power. In a similarly shocking development the same platform committee at the urging of the Muslim dominated Michigan delegation rejected a 2008 Democratic Party Platform plank that acknowledged that the Capitol of Israel is Jerusalem. Democratic Party leaders used an unusual floor vote of the entire convention to over ride the two platform changes made by its own Democratic Party National Convention platform committee. God and Jerusalem were both restored to the platform, though the outcome of the voice vote was very close.
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