The Trump Era Begins …

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Infowars: “He christened the Resolute Desk by signing an order to confirm General James Mattis as Secretary of Defense and another order to ‘ease the burden of Obamacare’.

He has already made changes to the Oval Office decor, swapping its formerly crimson drapes for gold curtains and putting back in its former place a bust of former British prime minister Winston Churchill.”

Opinion: Wasting no time, President Trump got to work just hours after taking the Oath of Office to keep his promise of easing the burden of Obamacare.

But putting the bust of Churchill back to its original place sends an important message:

Think back to the early years of the Obama presidency. In one of his first acts, Obama sent the bust of Winston Churchill back to Britain.

That gesture of disrespect by the US President was a clear message of solidarity with the Arab world.

On November 2, 1917 a letter from the UK’s Foreign Secretary Arthur James Balfour to Walter Rothschild, 2nd Baron Rothschild, a leader of the British Jewish community, recommended the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people but without prejudice to the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine.

The document is known as the Balfour Declaration.

At the end of World War I, the Ottoman Empire which had aligned with Germany collapsed, and with it, any and all claims to 6.7 million square miles of land.

That land was divided up among the allies.

That Churchill was sympathetic towards the Jordanian refugees made no difference in their bitterness to Britain for establishing a home for the Jew.

Churchill wrote:

“… the Balfour Agreement did not support the disappearance or the subordination of the Arabic population, language, or culture in Palestine and that Britain intended to “foster the establishment of a full measure of self government in Palestine.”

But that was not enough.

In 1924, Britain took back 78% of the land allocated for a Jewish state to create Jordan as a home for the Arab peoples living in Palestine. This was the original two-state solution. But, this was not enough for the Arabs, and by 1948 Britain had further reduced the land grant of the Jews to 5560 sq. miles, which still did not satisfy the Arabs.

It will never be enough.

 

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