“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.”
Press secretary Sean Spicer
January 5 2017 — Top Israeli Intelligence officials met with Trump’s National Security team in Washington recently. Here is what has been confirmed about the second such meeting since Trump’s election. Follow us on Twitter: @Intel_Today
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UPDATE (January 5 2019) — Reading old posts with current knowledge can be both stressful and mind-boggling!
Today, we know that, on December 22 2016, General Michael Flynn — President Donald Trump’s ex-national security adviser — asked Russian ambassador Kislyak either to delay or to defeat the vote on UN Resolution 2334 whether to condemn Israel’s building of settlements.
Following a telephone conversation between Netanyahu and Vladimir Putin, the Russian ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin requested that the vote be postponed until after Christmas. His proposal failed to gain any support. The resolution was passed 14 to 0.
Obviously, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer lied to US journalists. Full Stop.
END of UPDATE
MOSSAD boss Yossi Cohen made a second trip to Washington to meet with Trump’s aides.
Yossi Cohen and the acting National Security Adviser Yaakov Nagel met with Trump’s National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Israel’s Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer also attended the meeting
The meeting occurred on January 18 2017. (The first meeting occurred in early December 2016.)
The Prime Minister’s Office confirmed to Haaretz that Cohen and Nagel met with Flynn during their trip to Washington, but did not release any details of what was discussed during their meeting. [Times of Israel]
According to well-informed sources, the meeting was intended to coordinate the policies of the two countries on a number of issues. The officials discussed Iran, Syria and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
IRAN — National Security Adviser Michael Flynn warned the Islamic Republic that it had been “put on notice” after firing a ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead.
US Defense Secretary James Mattis said Saturday that:
“Iran is the single biggest state sponsor of terrorism in the world.”
New settlement homes in the West Bank and East Jerusalem — Israel has approved the construction of some 6,000 new settlement homes in the West Bank and East Jerusalem since January 20.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said that the Trump administration had not yet taken a position on new settlement construction.
First contacts — On Thursday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Netanyahu held their first phone call. Prime Minister Netanyahu will visit President Trump on February 15.
Israeli intelligence chiefs said to meet with Trump officials — The Times of Israel
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