Trump’s motives on Jerusalem are unclear

first_imgThe Palestinians would get a state, though the 1967 lines would not be its borders.According to some, the territory they get would not be contiguous.That would amount to substantially less than the Palestinians demand and far more than Israel’s right flank intends to give them.If the administration is serious about such a deal, Trump needs to buy the allegiance of both sides.The capital announcement is a prize that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (weakened by corruption scandals and in no position to push back) can use to assuage his right flank.At the same time, Trump may have told Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas (who is 82 and running out of time) that no one will object if the Palestinians protest or burn flags, but serious violence will not be tolerated.If Abbas wants his state, he may have heard, he had better make sure to keep the response to Trump’s announcement muted.Netanyahu, in return, may have been warned that in return for his prize, he will be expected to deliver support for the plan Trump’s team plans to proffer. For decades, the Western world has allowed fear of Palestinian terrorism (or Palestinians backing out of negotiations) to silence claims that everyone knows to be true.Such capitulation serves no one. It doesn’t serve the West, for it renders even the U.S. impotent in the face of Palestinian threat.It doesn’t help Israel, which wants the world to acknowledge that its capital being near the seat of King David’s kingdom and the location of the two Temples symbolizes with utter clarity that the Jews have returned home.And it doesn’t serve the Palestinians, who through the use of threat, have immobilized the West and put off the serious deliberations they will have to undertake if they are ever to get the state they want.Whether the president has the focus, skill and interest in making this move the beginning of a positive and far-reaching process, though, remains to be seen.Daniel Gordis is senior vice president and Koret distinguished fellow at Shalem College in Jerusalem. Categories: Editorial, OpinionCalling it a “recognition of reality” and “the right thing to do,” President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that the U.S. was recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, and that the American Embassy will be moved from Tel Aviv to the contested city.The announcement leaves many questions, two of which are primary. Trump’s core supporters will likely stick by him through thick and thin.But there have to be some religious voters who find the president’s open endorsement of Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore — widely believed to have forced underage women into sexual encounters — distasteful to say the least.The Russia investigation looms, as do increasing questions about whether Trump, his family or his innermost circle may be legally vulnerable.It hasn’t been a good period for the president; if Trump was looking for a diversion, he seems to have landed on an effective one.There is one much less cynical, although unlikely, possibility that deserves mention.Trump has long said he will forge a deal between Israelis and Palestinians, and rumors on the street are that the “key principles” of his team’s agreement are emerging.Accounts vary. If anyone can deliver the Israeli right, it is Netanyahu, likely the most skilled political manipulator the country has had as prime minister.With his political life possibly nearing its end and with little to show for his years in office, Netanyahu would like a deal like this to ensure his place in history.How likely is this scenario?It’s hard to say.A careful plan in which the Trump moves slowly and stays on script would hardly be characteristic of his modus operandi so far. But it’s not entirely out of the question.Trump, not surprisingly, is taking heat from all corners, including Palestinians, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May, Christian leaders in Israel and even the liberal American Jewish community.Yet even if he was motivated primarily by his own selfish needs, Trump is right — he did the right thing. The first is whether violence will ensue.The Palestinians and Turks are making threats, and Israel’s security establishment is said to be on alert.But many Israelis are dismissing the dangers of what they call “Trumpocalypse.”Unlike hypothetical steps, such as assigning the Palestinians a smaller state than they demand or ending U.S. support for a two-state solution, recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital changes nothing on the ground.Many Israelis and even Palestinians thus doubt that, grandstanding aside, the Palestinians would risk much in response to a statement merely acknowledges what the world has long known to be true.The other major question is, “Why now?”Theories abound, of course, but the most obvious explanation is that Trump is seeking both a diversion from his growing problems at home and a bone to throw to his evangelical Christian and Orthodox Jewish base before his support there erodes. More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

Continue reading

Ronald M. Johnson, 70, Brookville

first_imgRonald M. Johnson, age 70, of Brookville, Indiana died Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at McCullough Hyde Memorial Hospital in Oxford, Ohio.Born November 10, 1947 in Luling, Texas he was the son of the late Luther & Bryce (Keeney) Johnson. On August 13, 1966 he was united in marriage to the former Clara Jean Taylor, and she preceded him in death on August 19, 2016.Ron was retired having worked for many years at Owens Corning, and later at Cincinnati Childrens Hospital Medical Center. He was a family man and enjoyed working and providing for his family.Survivors include four children, John (Kym) Johnson of Spring, Texas, Pamela Fanestiel of Brookville, Indiana, Steven (Heather) Johnson of Conroe, Texas and Bryan (Joni) Johnson of Brookville, Indiana; six grandchildren, Christine, William, Joshua, Zachary, Natalie and Lucas; three siblings, Linda Dalton of Campwood, Texas, Jimmy Johnson of Conroe, Texas, and Janine Sergeant of Conroe, Texas.In addition to his parents and wife Clara Jean, he was preceded in death by a brother Terry Johnson and a granddaughter, Katelyn Reese Johnson.Family & friends may visit from 4:00 P.M. until 5:00 P.M. on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, 1025 Franklin Avenue, Brookville.Memorial Services will be conducted at 5:00 P.M. on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home.Memorial contributions may be directed to the McCullough Hyde Memorial Hospital Oncology Department. Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home is honored to serve the Johnson family, to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences please visit www.phillipsandmyers.com.last_img read more

Continue reading

Srisaket Sor Rungvisai vs. Juan Francisco Estrada 2: Fight date, time, price, how to watch and live stream

first_imgMORE: Join DAZN to watch Rungvisai-Estrada 2 and 100+ fight nights a yearSince then, the 32-year-old Sor Rungvisai (47-4-1, 41 KOs) and the 28-year-old Estrada (38-3, 26 KOs) have each scored two victories to get back to this point of cementing the highly-anticipated rematch.Can Rungvisai and Estrada deliver another dazzling performance? Will we see the same results or will Estrada exact revenge?When is Srisaket Sor Rungvisai vs. Juan Francisco Estrada 2 fight?The Srisaket Sor Rungvisai-Juan Francisco Estrada rematch will take place Friday, April 26. Start time for the Rungvisai vs. Estrada 2 card hasn’t been announced as of yet.How to watch, live stream Srisaket Sor Rungvisai vs. Juan Francisco Estrada 2?The Srisaket Sor Rungvisai vs. Juan Francisco Estrada 2 fight is not available via traditional pay-per-view methods. Instead, fans in North America can take advantage of a 30-day free trial to watch the fight online with DAZN.The global sports streaming service is available on a variety of platforms, including Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, iOS, Android, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3, as well as Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari browsers via DAZN.com.MORE ABOUT DAZN• Meet DAZN, the first dedicated live sports streaming service• What sports are live-streamed on DAZN?• How much does DAZN’s live sports streaming service cost?How much does the Srisaket Sor Rungvisai vs. Juan Francisco Estrada 2 fight cost?A new subscriber to DAZN gets the first month of service free, which means you won’t have to pay a penny to watch the Srisaket Sor Rungvisai vs. Juan Francisco 2 fight. If you have previously signed up for DAZN, the fight is included as part of your $9.99 monthly subscription cost.A subscription also includes access to all of DAZN’s live events, as well as highlights, replays, behind-the-scenes features, original shows and live news reports. There is no contract, so DAZN subscribers can cancel at any time.Where is Srisaket Sor Rungvisai vs. Juan Francisco Estrada 2 taking place?Srisaket Sor Rungvisai and Juan Francisco Estrada will fight in Inglewood, California.Srisaket Sor Rungvisai record and bioName: Srisaket Sor RungvisaiNationality: ThaiBorn: December 8, 1986Height: 5-3 Reach: 63½″  Total fights: 52Record: 47-4-1 with 41 knockouts.Juan Francisco Estrada record and bioName: Juan Francisco EstradaNationality: MexicanBorn: April 14, 1990Height: 5-4 Reach: 66″  Total fights: 41Record: 38-3 with 26 knockouts.Srisaket Sor Rungvisai vs. Juan Francisco Estrada fight cardMatchupClassBeltSrisaket Sor Rungvisai vs. Juan Francisco Estrada Super FlyweightWBCDaniel Roman vs. TJ Doheny Junior FeatherweightWBA (Roman), IBF (Doheny)Jessie Vargas vs. TBAJunior Middleweight… Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, the Sporting News No. 9-ranked pound-for-pound fighter in the world, looks to defend his WBC super flyweight title for the fourth time, as he meets Juan Francisco in a rematch Friday, April 26 in Los Angeles, live and exclusively on DAZN.Back in February 2018, Rungvisai and Estrada went toe-to-toe for 12 hard rounds in one of the best fights of 2018, with Rungvisai earning a narrow majority decision victory.last_img read more

Continue reading

Lakers’ Rajon Rondo grows his influence as a vocal leader and game manager

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersAs a Laker, Rondo has had that influence so far during the preseason: Even when he sat out for Thursday’s game against the Sacramento Kings, Coach Luke Walton said he was the loudest player on the bench.In the first half of Saturday’s loss to the Clippers, Rondo managed an even-handed effort without the support of LeBron James. When the Lakers were just behind 51-50 at halftime, Rondo already had eight assists without taking a shot. While that might be a sign for some players to look for their own shot more, Walton said he’s already built trust with Rondo to make the right call.“He knows how to manage a game,” Walton said. “He’s been one of the best point guards in our game for years. And one of the smartest. So he knows what he’s doing.”So far in the preseason, Rondo is averaging the second-most assists per game (9.3) in the league while playing less than 24 minutes per contest. It begs the question of what happens when Lonzo Ball gets healthy (he’s expected to return Wednesday), and how Walton will choose to pick starters.When asked if he’s excited for Ball’s return, Rondo said, “Sure.” But for now, his focus seems to be building chemistry with the teammates who have been on the floor. How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs He tried finding JaVale McGee, for example, several times on lobs – and didn’t always connect. But in his fashion, he’s been putting a lot of effort into smoothing out the wrinkles.“We talk every possession, whether we make the lob or miss it, I try to get a feel for my bigs, where he likes the ball, if he likes bounce passes,” Rondo said. “Obviously he likes it up top. It’s going to take time. We haven’t figured it out yet. It’s a process, that is what I am going to continue to try to work on and take it one day at a time.”ZUBAC BOUNCES BACK FROM ILLNESSEverything about Ivica Zubac’s offseason gave him a good feeling that this could be his breakout year. Everything until an international flight last month.Zubac was returning from playing with the Croatian national team when he caught a mysterious bug that made him feverish. It happened at one of the worst possible times: Right as Lakers training camp was starting.“Basically like, the first day of training camp, I don’t know how I got through it because we had a two-a-day,” he said. “It was tough, I had no energy or anything. … I would run up and down and I would be done. I didn’t have no air.”Zubac still has a cough, but he’s rounding into shape: With eight points and six rebounds against the Clippers, he enjoyed his most confident performance yet as he seeks to cement himself in the rotation as a backup center. Walton said his most important role may be as a shot-blocker – defensive stops can get the Lakers’ transition game rolling.Related Articlescenter_img Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed ANAHEIM — At various points throughout Saturday night’s game at Honda Center, TV cameras captured Rajon Rondo playing stylist.Along the bench, Rondo playfully smoothed out the creases in the suits of the Laker coaches. Even on one play, as he chased a ball out of bounds, he found himself face-to-face with his former coach, Doc Rivers, and gave him a few pats.The Lakers point guard has a way of smoothing out other parts of coaching as well. His exhaustive film study, Rivers said, helps him hold others accountable – something he did often when Rivers coached him on the Celtics.“We laugh, (Minnesota coach Tom) Thibodeau and I went to dinner and we were telling Rondo stories about how many times have you made a mistake in shootaround and you knew right when it came out of your mouth, you can count to 3-2,” he said. “Rondo was correcting you because he actually knew exactly what the other team’s plays were – there’s no doubt about that.” That included for Zubac a few dishes for easy dunks on Saturday night – it looked like his teammates wanted to reward him for his efforts to get back into playing shape.“Maybe the players on the court did, I don’t know,” Walton said. “He had some good looks and I know the guys are, they like playing with him so they’re probably trying to get him going.”BEASLEY FINDING COMFORT ZONEWithout James, it was an opportunity for a player who has taken some time to fit in: Michael Beasley. He played his most minutes (19), took his most shots (seven) scored his most points (eight) and had the most assists (three) he’s had in this preseason. While the Clippers won convincingly, the Lakers outscored them by a point when Beasley was on the floor.“Our guys are starting to learn me, learn how I play,” he said. “Starting to ask more of me, more responsibilities. It’s just getting acquainted and taking it a day at a time.”Walton also thought Beasley had his best game so far as a Laker, including back-to-back assists to Josh Hart and Zubac in the first half. The Lakers want him to find a groove as a scorer and an occasional passer as he continues to blend into the group. Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers last_img read more

Continue reading

Statistic shows: Dragons achieved 62.96 % Success in 2015

first_imgNational football team of B&H did not managed to qualify for the big competition in 2015. To recall, team of Ireland eliminated Dragons in the play-offs of the EP and left B&H in the waiting room for the third time. However, statistically speaking, last year was one of the most successful years.Mehmed Bazdarevic’s team played a total of 9 matches. They recorded 5 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses.They won against Andorra (twice), Israel, Wales and Cyprus. Dragons achieved drew against Austria (in friendly match) and Ireland in the first play-off match that was played in Zenica. They lost in a duel with Belgium and play-off in Dublin. This represents the success of 62.96 %.Although Dzeko and his team mates failed in a key two matches of play-offs, according to results, only two years were more successful than 2015.Thus, the performance in 2003 was 66.67 %, when the team was led by Blaz Sliskovic, while in 2013, the performance was 66.66 %, at the time when the head of the national team was Safet Susic.Everything suggests that the coach Mehmed Bazdarevic will have difficult job in 2016, and it is obvious that the change of generations is necessary.(Source: Edin Isanovic/Klix.ba)last_img read more

Continue reading

Ask the Mayor — February 20, 2019 — Mason City mayor Bill Schickel

first_imgMason City’s mayor Bill Schickel was the guest on “Ask the Mayor” on February 20, 2019. Listen back to the program belowlast_img

Continue reading

Mason City man sentenced to ten years in prison for vehicular homicide

first_imgMASON CITY — A Mason City man has been sentenced to ten years in prison after pleading guilty to vehicular homicide after an accident that killed a passenger on his motorcycle. 41-year-old Brandon Kellar was charged last October with vehicular homicide while operating under the influence and vehicular homicide by reckless driving in connection with the September 28th 2018 accident at the intersection of 15th and South Pennsylvania in Mason City. 36-year-old Shawn True was a passenger on the motorcycle that collided with another vehicle and died from injuries sustained in the crash. Mason City police say the investigation determined that Kellar was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash with a blood alcohol content of greater than the legal limit of .08. As part of a plea agreement with prosecutors, Kellar agreed to plead guilty to vehicular homicide by reckless driving, a Class C felony. District Judge James Drew on Tuesday sentenced Kellar to ten years in prison and ordered that he pay $150,000 in restitution to True’s family.last_img read more

Continue reading