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Jerusalem: Trump recognizes as Israeli capital, media reaction mixed

With trump formally recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, could have major consequences. Never before has this action further unsettled our presence in the Middle East.

According to the second video in this blog post, and an article in The Guardian, by breaking with tradition and recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel it did two things:

  1.  It ruined the credibility of the United States
  2. It further undermined the security in the Middle East

The region is bracing for the prospect of unrest in anticipation of the declaration, due at 1pm in Washington, and US embassies around the world have been advised by the state department to bolster their security.

US government employees have been told to avoid Jerusalem’s Old City and the West Bank until further notice.

Social media reactions to Trump’s recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capitol were mixed.

 

Israel routinely describes Jerusalem with  its Jewish, Muslim and Christian holy places, as its “united and eternal” capital. But its history is inextricably bound up with the bigger picture of the conflict. Seventy years ago, at the violent end of British rule, when the UN voted to partition Palestine into Jewish and Arab states, Jerusalem was defined as a separate entity under international supervision.

Hard facts on the ground dictated otherwise. In the war of 1948 it was divided, like Berlin in the cold war, into western and eastern sectors under Israeli and Jordanian control respectively. Nineteen years later, in June 1967, Israel captured the eastern side, expanded the city’s boundaries and annexed it – an act that was never recognized internationally.

According to Palestinian, Arab and European officials who have heard Mr. Abbas’s version of the conversation, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman presented a plan that would be more tilted toward the Israelis than any ever embraced by the American government, one that presumably no Palestinian leader could ever accept.

The Palestinians would get a state of their own, but only noncontiguous parts of the West Bank and only limited sovereignty over their own territory. The vast majority of Israeli settlements in the West Bank, which most of the world considers illegal, would remain. The Palestinians would not be given East Jerusalem as their capital and there would be no right of return for Palestinian refugees and their descendants.

Israeli Prime Mit ister Bejamin Netanyahu had no intention of giving the Palestinians their own state, even though he made promises to do so in the past. This was the same man who didn’t have any answer to the Iranian nuclear crisis more than two years ago. He remained silent on the U.S. Embassy move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, earlier, but thanked Trump for formally recognizing the city as its capital. Netanyahu remained focused on the Iranian nuclear threat.

Netanyahu said that any peace negotiations with the Palestinians must include them recognizing the embattled city as its capital and later urged other allies to move their embassies to Jerusalem.

As predicted, because of Trump’s announcement about recognizing  Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, violence erupted in Palestinian territories in the West Bank and East Jerusalem over the U.S. moving its embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.

Trump seems to have identified Bin Salman as committed to internal reform, confrontation with Iran and to securing Israeli-Palestinian peace. If Washington cares about the view from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia’s public statement on Tuesday that it opposes US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital may help prevent this needlessly provocative move from taking place – at least for now.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Donald Trump to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move US embassy

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Can OPEC members reach an oil reduction agreement?

Will the faint rise in OPEC’s oil prices improve the United States economy, or will it continue to decline as usual? This bothered me because the glut in oil production ruined the price of oil in the United States in 2008. The answer lay in whether the nations of OPEC: Iran, Iraq and Saudi Arabia, were able to reach an agreement on November 30 in Geneva as to how much to reduce their oil output.

Right now, the biggest issue among the OPEC nations is how much each member is to reduce oil production. The catalyst being Iran, who did not want to reduce the number of barrels of oil it produced. This also went against the rules Saudi Arabia followed. Being its biggest producer, they had the idea that by over production, they were able to drive other American producers, who produced shale oil, oil from rock sediment and clay, out of business.

Saudi Arabia and Russia relied on oil to improve their economies. Of late, they all suffered. Saudi Arabia had to cut spending on public programs in its economy to absorb the loss of low output and save their financial reserves. Iran is still suffering from the imposed sanctions of 30 years ago. They were one of the last holdouts to the November 30 agreement. Other countries, like Lybia and Nigeria were also turning to oil for economic growth after years of infighting. Apparently, Russia might have failed in trying to open up an oil and gas pipeline through the Ukraine into Syria, where it had a base to fight ISIS. If Vladamir Putin had what he needed, he wouldn’t have to sit at the OPEC bargaining table.

Even though this OPEC oil reduction was meant to hold up the price of oil, it might cause further ruffled fir among the members if the United States continued shale oil drilling. That’s why this price war was created. A cut in production could boost oil prices through this untraditional method of drilling for oil and steady the market.

OPEC has so far only reached a preliminary agreement to strike a deal to cut production by 200,000 to 700,000 barrels a day, from 33.2 million barrels. The breakdown of which countries will trim output is expected to be worked out by its November meeting. But BofA points out that Saudi Arabia normally cuts back at this time of year. the Saudis produced about 10.6 million barrels a day last month.

“After all, Saudi has cut production seasonally by 320,000 (barrels per day) every year between July and January. The move in Algiers may reflect the impending fiscal pressures, as many OPEC government budgets are starved for cash. Also, it is critical to remember that pegged currency regimes across many oil producers have put a huge strain on foreign exchange reserves in key OPEC members,” the BofA analysts wrote.

As for the U.S., domestic oil production has been around 8.5 million barrels a day recently, down by about 1.1 million barrels a day from the all-time high in the spring of 2015. In November 2014, OPEC, led by Saudi Arabia, gave up on production levels and opted for a new strategy of letting the market determine oil prices. Producers, from the U.S. to Russia and Saudi Arabia, kept pumping and created a giant oil glut. Oil plunged, and ultimately hit a bottom in February 2016 at just about $26 per barrel.

Saudi Arabia’s aim went beyond revamping their economy. They also wanted less dependent on oil in its Vision 2030, where two-thirds of the jobs existed in the public sector. Right now, though, their role was to steady the fledgling oil market. Let’s hope they can.

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Saudi Arabia Attacks

Saudi Arabia attacks: ISIS inspired hate

The Saudi Arabia attacks are the worst reported so far. Three cities in Saudi Arabia were hit yesterday, Baghdad on Sunday. One of them happened in the city of Medina, one of the two cities a Muslim must visit at least once in their life time. Two attacks failed, one of them outside not far from the American Consulate in a hospital parking lot. A Saudi security official said an attacker parked a car near the U.S. Consulate in Jeddah before detonating the device.
For further reading:
  1. Iran and Saudi Arabia: Conflict more than the massive body count on October 20, 2015
  2. Putin’s Middle East Plan: Control of the oil flow on October 8, 2015
  3. Obama and Putin: Strategies still differ in Syria and the Ukraine on September 29, 2015
  4. U.S. Seeks Military Talks with Russia on Syria on September 18, 2015
  5. The Iran nuclear deal was like signing our own death warrant on September 11, 2015
  6. Putin’s dangerous game on June 11, 2015

Attacking a Shiite mosque, a U.S. entity and the holy city of Medina are meant to embarrass the Saudis. The attack on Medina specifically undercuts the royal Saudi family’s claim to be the “protectors of the two holy places,” Bergen said, a reference to the holy sites of Mecca and Medina.

But, Bergen said, a suicide attack in Medina couldn’t be more counterproductive because the attack took place at a revered Muslim location during Ramadan. It would seem senseless to undertake that kind of action, he said, and he expects it would be greeted with “strong condemnation and puzzlement” by the Muslim faithful.

Things are going to get worse.

 

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