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Trump Tries To Boost Himself With Radical Foreign Policy Move, Fails Miserably

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President Donald Trump has tried continually during his time in office as President of the United States and leader of the free world so far to boost his profile in the Middle East by building a close relationship with Benjamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister of Israel. He pays little or no attention to the atrocities committed on an almost daily basis by the Israeli state, insisting that they have the right to do whatever they want and that the people of Palestine have no rights at all. Perhaps his most written about instance of incredibly poorly thought out foreign policy in Israel came in the form of forcibly recognizing Jerusalem as its capital, and alienating most free nations on the planet (allies of the United States, of course) in the process. Recent reports suggest that Trump has not learned its lesson. He recently affirmed that Israel has sovereignty over the region known as the Golan Heights, and once again placed America on the opposite side of the debate to most of our friends around the world. It did not take long for the consequences of that to become obvious, and now Trump and his administration are paying the price for it:

The European Union will not change its position regarding the Golan Heights following U.S. President Donald Trump’s declaration that it is time to recognize Israel’s sovereignty there, the spokesperson for the EU delegation to Israel told Haaretz on Friday morning. “The position of the EU has not changed. The European Union, in line with international law, does not recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the territories occupied by Israel since June 1967, including the Golan Heights, and does not consider them to be part of Israel’s territory,” the spokesperson said.

France also said it would not recognize Israeli sovereignty over the disputed area. “France does not recognize the Israeli annexation of the Golan Heights and its recognition – as called for by U.S. President Donald Trump – is contrary to international law,” the French foreign ministry said in a statement. Germany stated it views the Golan as Syrian territory. “The Golan Heights is Syrian territory occupied by Israel,” German government spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer said. “If national borders should be changed it must be done through peaceful means between all those involved,” the spokeswoman added.

Trump had obviously been hoping, in his usual self-absorbed way, that the rest of the world would just blindly follow his lead. That dream has been shattered, and he has been made to look like a fool on the world stage once again.


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