Dishonest media busted again lying about Trump and Israel

Yesterday one of our commenters came by the Backchat and informed us that apparently, Donald Trump was opposed to settlements on the West Bank and therefore Murray McCully was right.

Unfortunately, for our commenter, he was hoodwinked by a dishonest media.

The mainstream media are abuzz with reports that President Donald Trump has come out against Israeli settlements. The?New York Times was exultant: ?Trump Embraces Pillars of Obama?s Foreign Policy,? it crowed.

That kind of story serves two propagandist purposes. First, it provides a kind of justification for Obama?s betrayal of Israel at the UN Security Council over settlements last month; second, it nods at?the old NeverTrump claim that Trump would never keep his word to conservatives.

There?s just one problem: the story is false. ?

Here is the exact wording of the White House statement on Thursday (emphasis added):

The American desire for peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians has remained unchanged for 50 years. While we don?t believe the existence of settlements is an impediment to peace, the construction of new settlements or the expansion of existing settlements beyond their current borders may not be helpful in achieving that goal. As the President has expressed many times, he hopes to achieve peace throughout the Middle East region. The Trump administration has not taken an official position on settlement activity and looks forward to continuing discussions, including with Prime Minister Netanyahu when he visits with President Trump later this month.

The?New York Times pounced on the phrase ?may not be helpful?:

In the most startling shift, the White House issued an unexpected statement appealing to the Israeli government not to expand the construction of Jewish settlements beyond their current borders in East Jerusalem and the West Bank. Such expansion, it said, ?may not be helpful in achieving? the goal of peace.

The statement is only ?startling? if one is unaware of the history and geography of the region. In fact, the?statement tacitly accepts all existing settlements. (One wonders when the penny will drop, and when the?Times editorial page will attack Trump for provoking Middle East tensions with the same statement.)

The media are so crooked they couldn’t lie straight in bed.

Perhaps the White House deliberately spun the statement as a limitation to fool the media. That is not hard to do, and it?is to President Trump?s benefit, as a negotiating tactic,?to appear unpredictable ? aggressive one moment, compromising the next.

Nevertheless, the Trump administration has just signaled?its intent to back a permanent Jewish presence in eastern Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria (the West Bank), with or without a Palestinian state. The Palestinians will see what the?Times missed.

Never trust the mainstream media, just wait until they start inserting themselves into our political debate as the?Media party.