If there is any doubt left in anyone’s mind that Donald Trump seeks to put American interests first this should settle it once and for all.

For over a year those who have eyes to see were pointing out that Trump’s loyalties are owned by his Zionist masters. Yet – as usual – these commentaries were/are brushed off as just so much ‘anti-semitic’ rhetoric. Never mind that they were cautions about how detrimental Zionist policies are to the true interests of the US in the Middle East. The entire enmity and endless quagmire that the United States finds itself embroiled in with its Middle East policies are a direct result of the unremitting and unquestioned support of the rogue state of Israel which cares nothing about the rules of international law.

Now the world can see, without any doubt, where Trump’s loyalties lie.

Although there were some pre-visit controversies before his 22 June 2017 ceremonial visit to Israel, they were all ironed out once he did arrive. When all was said and done, Trump’s visit was nothing more than an official photo-op and an almost comical juvenile display of a man who lacked any sense of  foreign policy experience or an awareness about the importance of this visit. It was, in every respect, a purely symbolic and yes, ceremonial, stop-over. Trump attempted to speak the words he was supposed to speak, but being the aloof puppet that he is, he often messed them up.

Trump’s visit to 'Vad Vanshem', Israel’s Holocaust memorial. (image via NBC News)
Trump’s visit to ‘Vad Vanshem’, Israel’s Holocaust memorial. (image via NBC News)

What Trump’s 22 June role actually was was a prelude to what would come two days later – the meeting between Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

From left to right: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster and chief economic advisor Gary Cohn leave notes at the Western Wall (mage via Daily Mail)
From left to right: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster and chief economic advisor Gary Cohn leave notes at the Western Wall (mage via Daily Mail)

The meeting turned out to be exactly what any astute individual would expect. The Hill reported on 24 June:

President Trump will reportedly receive a report about the Israeli-Palestinian peace process following a “tense” meeting between White House senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner and leaders about the issue.

The London-based Arabic daily al-Hayat reports that Kushner’s meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas was “tense,” according to a translation from the Jerusalem Post, and Abbas was reportedly furious at Kushner relaying the demands of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Israeli newspaper Haaretz also reports that Palestinian officials were “greatly disappointed” by their meeting with Kushner and Trump’s Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt.

“They sounded like Netanyahu’s advisers and not like fair arbiters,” a senior Palestinian official told the newspaper. “They started presenting Netanyahu’s issues and then we asked to hear from them clear stances regarding the core issues of the conflict.”

The report also claims that the Trump delegation was also upset with Abbas for refusing to denounce a recent stabbing attack in Jerusalem.

A Palestinian official reportedly told al-Hayat that Kushner will report back to Trump on the meetings and Trump will then make a decision on continuing with the talks.

“(Kushner) will submit his report to the president and, after it is submitted, Trump will decide if there’s a chance for negotiations or it might be preferable to pull out of peace talks,” the official said, according to a translation by the Post.

Key point:

“They sounded like Netanyahu’s advisers and not like fair arbiters,” a senior Palestinian official told the newspaper. “They started presenting Netanyahu’s issues and then we asked to hear from them clear stances regarding the core issues of the conflict.”

When the Palestinian official speaks of ‘they’ he is referring to those Trump appointed to be the ‘peace brokers’ in this recent round of US/Israeli ultimatum meetings with the representatives of the sorely mistreated people of Palestine and the occupied territories. And who are these ‘peace brokers’? As it turns out they are all Orthodox Jews who hold a fondness in their hearts for the criminal ‘state’:

Ambassador David Friedman, son-in-law Jared Kushner, and adviser Jason Greenblatt.

About Friedman, Judy Maltz wrote for HAARETZ wrote on 16 December 2016:

He doesn’t believe that annexing the West Bank will compromise Israel’s Jewish or democratic character, and he doesn’t think the settlements are an obstacle to peace.

Based on statements he has issued and columns he has penned, Friedman, an Orthodox bankruptcy lawyer, is positioned on the far right of the Israeli political map – more hardline in his views than Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The 57-year-old, who hails from Long Island, has said the United States should not impose any solutions on Israel and that a bi-national state would not be a tragedy since the number of Palestinians living in the West Bank is largely exaggerated and that they do not pose a threat to the Jewish majority.

Friedman has challenged the widespread view that Israeli settlement activity is illegal and opposes a ban on construction activity in the West Bank and East Jerusalem – particularly those places that would be part of a future agreement involving land swaps.

Friedman has been a columnist for two Israeli right-wing English-language media outlets: Arutz Sheva and The Jerusalem Post. He also serves as president of American Friends of Bet El Institutions, which financially supports the settlement enterprise.

On 30 March 2017, Breitbart posted Rabbi Shmuley Boteach’s glowing words about Friedman’s swearing-in ceremony as Ambassador to Israel:

…I will never forget was how David, an Orthodox Jew, took out his yarmulke, placed it proudly on his head in front of the global media, assembled guests, and the Vice President, placed his hands on his Hebrew Tanach (Bible), and took the oath of office. (In accordance with the strictures of Jewish law, he did not “swear” but rather “affirmed” the oath administered to him by the Vice President.)

And there it was. In the Indian Treaty Room, one of the most beautiful rooms of the White House compound, the United States had an Orthodox Jewish Ambassador to the world’s only Jewish state, a man who celebrates his Jewish observance as making him a greater American.

US Vice President Mike Pence administers the swearing-in ceremony for David Friedman as the US ambassador to Israel, as his wife Tammy Sand stands by, in Washington, DC, on March 29, 2017 (AFP Photo/Mandel Ngan)
David Friedman with his hand on the Hebrew Tanach ‘affirms’ an oath to office as US Vice President Mike Pence administers the swearing-in ceremony for the US ambassador to Israel, as his wife Tammy Sand stands by, in Washington, DC, on March 29, 2017 (AFP Photo/Mandel Ngan)

Jason Greenblatt, who was appointed by Trump in January 2017 as the United States ‘Special Representative for International Negotiations’, was also the executive vice president and chief legal officer to Donald Trump and The Trump Organization, as well as his personal advisor on Israel.

Donald Trump's Israeli advisor Jason Greenblatt, left, and Rabbi Shmuley Boteach attend the Champions of Jewish Values International Awards Gala at the Marriott Marquis on Thursday, May 5, 2016, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Donald Trump’s Israeli advisor Jason Greenblatt, left, and Rabbi Shmuley Boteach attend the Champions of Jewish Values International Awards Gala at the Marriott Marquis on Thursday, May 5, 2016, in New York. Boteach holds a copy of The Israel Warrior in his hand. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

On 21 April 2016 The New Jersey JewishStandard published an article written by Joanne Palmer titled, Meet Trump’s Israel adviser. It was quite telling:

Mr. Greenblatt’s positions on Israel are similar to those of his boss. Like Mr. Trump, Greenblatt supports a two-state solution, as long as it is reached by the parties themselves and not imposed by an outside body like the United Nations. He does not believe Jewish settlements in the West Bank are a core part of the problem.

To get the Palestinians to the negotiating table, Mr. Greenblatt suggests threatening to withhold some U.S. funding from the Palestinian Authority.

U.S. negotiators “need to lay down the law and explain that the [Palestinians are] not going to get the benefits they get from the United States unless they come to the table,” he said. “I think they need to say: ‘Over the course of the next period of time, we will continue to provide funding, but in order to do that you need to do X, Y, and Z, set concrete goals, and if you don’t we need to start tapering off the funding,’ and see what happens.”

Mr. Greenblatt, like Mr. Trump, believes Israeli-Palestinian negotiations can be handled, like Mr. Trump’s real estate negotiations, by making money a main incentive.

“If you take out the emotional part of it and the historical part of it, it is a business transaction,” he said. “Land is going to be negotiated, water rights are going to be negotiated, security issues are going to be negotiated. So you need to say to them, ‘Listen, we want to discuss these two issues in this quarter, and then you’ll get your check, and these two issues in this quarter, and then you’ll get your check. At the end of the day you want to resolve all the issues. I think it isn’t a good idea to do partial negotiations and then hope for the best.”

How completely Jewish of them – let’s just make this all about money. Let’s forget about the ’emotional part of it and the historical part of it’. And notice — no mention of using money as an ‘incentive’ for Israel is put on the table.

According to Congressional Research Service:

From FY2008 to the present, annual Economic Support Fund (ESF) assistance to the West Bank and Gaza Strip has averaged around $400 million, with much of this going toward U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)-administered project assistance (through grants and contracts), and the rest toward budget support for the Palestinian Authority (PA). Annual International Narcotics Control and Law Enforcement (INCLE) non-lethal assistance for PA security forces and the criminal justice sector in the West Bank has averaged around $100 million.

Emma Green reported on 15 September 2016 for The Atlantic:

The United States and Israel have made it official: The two countries signed a new 10-year military-assistance deal on Wednesday, representing the single largest pledge of its kind in American history. The pact, laid out in a Memorandum of Understanding, will be worth $38 billion over the course of a decade, an increase of roughly 27 percent on the money pledged in the last agreement, which was signed in 2007. The diplomatic and military alliance between the two countries is longstanding: Even prior to this week, Israel was, according to the Congressional Research Service, “the largest cumulative recipient of U.S. foreign assistance since World War II.”

Surely money could be used as a very great incentive to Israel if a fair and equitable solution to the Palestine quagmire might be reached – instead we find Trump’s negotiators not even willing to put the illegal settlements on the table. Settlements that have been condemned by nearly the entire international community as being outright violations of international laws.

What we see here are the true owners of US policy – Trump obeys their commands. He’s been widely quoted as believing that his administration can broker ‘the ultimate deal’ between the Israelis and Palestinians. The question is, ‘ultimate’ for whom?