Trump's Transition Team Colluded With Israel. Why Isn't That News?
Publisher: The Intercept
Date Written: 05/12/2017
Year Published: 2017
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX21794
Hasan asks the question: why aren't more members of Congress or the media discussing the Trump transition team's pretty brazen collusion with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to undermine both U.S. government policy and international law?
Thanks to Mueller's ongoing investigation, we now know that prior to President Donald Trump's inauguration, members of his inner circle went to bat on behalf of Israel, and specifically on behalf of illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories, behind the scenes and in opposition to official U.S. foreign policy. That's the kind of collusion with a foreign state that has gotten a lot of attention with respect to the Kremlin but colluding with Israel seems to be of far less interest, strangely.
Here's what we learned last week when Mueller's team unveiled its plea deal with Trump's former national security adviser, retired Gen. Michael Flynn. In December 2016, the United Nations Security Council was debating a draft resolution that condemned Israeli settlement expansion in the occupied territories as a "flagrant violation under international law" that was "dangerously imperiling the viability" of an independent Palestinian state.