The nation’s attention has been fixated on disgraced National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and his recent plea deal with Special Counsel Mueller, intent on discovering whether or not he would be found guilty of colluding with agents of the Russian Federation.
But hidden within the plea deal was a surprising development – evidence that Flynn and the President’s son-in-law Jared Kushner colluded with agents of the Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s far-right government in order to undermine President Obama’s foreign policy.
The issue at hand was a December 2016 United Nations Security Council resolution to condemn the illegal colonization of Palestinian territory by expanding Israeli settlements as a “flagrant violation under international law” that was guilty of “dangerously imperiling the viability” of a Palestinian state – which is, of course, the ultimate goal of the settlement expansion campaign.
The Obama administration was planning to abstain from the vote, which was vigorously protested by the Netanyahu administration. So the Trump transition team, led by National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, began making some calls.
“On or about December 22, 2016, a very senior member of the Presidential Transition Team directed Flynn to contact officials from foreign governments, including Russia, to learn where each government stood on the resolution and to influence those governments to delay the vote or defeat the resolution. On or about December 22, 2016, Flynn contacted the Russian Ambassador about the pending vote. Flynn informed the Russian Ambassador about the incoming administration’s opposition to the resolution, and requested that Russia vote against or delay the resolution.”
That Very Senior member of the Trump team was none other than Jared Kushner, who was a co-director for nine years of a foundation that illegally funded Israeli settlements and has been a staunch Zionist since childhood.
“Jared called Flynn and told him you need to get on the phone to every member of the Security Council and tell them to delay the vote…this was a top priority for the president” recounted a Trump team official to Buzzfeed.
So to summarize, Jared Kushner and Michael Flynn tried to collude with the Russian government in order to benefit the Israeli government and undermine the American government.
Michael Flynn is already in hot water for accepting payment and operating as a foreign agent for the Turkish and Russian governments; Israel makes three and solidifies Flynn’s reputation as a shameless mercenary who will betray anybody and anything at the drop of a hat – which thankfully includes President Trump.
But there is a mysterious silence about surrounding this collusion which exposes a hypocritical double standard when it comes to working with foreign governments in American politics – when it comes to Israel, anything goes.
Prominent members of both parties happily trot themselves out at AIPAC and vote without thinking to funnel billions of dollars in military aid to the Israeli government. Netanyahu’s government spent hundreds of millions of dollars on lobbyists to try to kill President Obama’s historic peace deal with Iran- to interfere in our government and undermine the President – and nobody bats an eye.
If the Democratic Party is going to lose its collective mind over collusion with the Russian government in our election, we must hold our allies in Jerusalem to the same standard.