Trump Vetoes Bill to End U.S. Support in War on Yemen
A look at Trump’s veto of a bill aiming to end the U.S. support of the war in Yemen, the deportation of the Israel and Palestine director of Human Rights Watch, and more news in this week’s bulletin.
Image: President Trump (Alex Wong/Getty Images).
Yemen War: Trump Vetoes Bill to End US Support for Saudi-led Coalition The BBC
“Opposition in Congress to [Trump’s] policy on Yemen grew last year after Saudi agents killed the journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. The resolution passed the House of Representatives in April and the Senate in March, the first time both chambers had supported a War Powers resolution, which limits the president's ability to send troops into action.” This is only the second time President Trump has used a veto in his presidency.
PA Prime Minister Shtayyeh: Trump’s Peace Deal Will Be ‘Born Dead’ The Jerusalem Post
“Newly sworn in Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said Tuesday night that US President Donald Trump’s peace plan will be ‘born dead.’ Shtayyeh said the American ‘Deal of the Century,’ was declaring a ‘financial war’ on the Palestinian people, during an interview with The Associated Press.”
Image: Mohammad Shtayyeh, the new PA Prime Minister (Mohamad Torokman/Reuters).
The Director of Human Rights Watch in Israel Is Being Deported Time Magazine
“An Israeli court on Tuesday upheld a deportation order against Human Rights Watch’s local director and gave him two weeks to leave the country. The Jerusalem District Court rejected an appeal by Omar Shakir to remain in the country, saying that his activities against Israel’s West Bank settlements amount to a boycott of the country.”
Image: Israel and Palestine Human Rights Watch Director Omar Shakir (Abbas Momani/AFP/Getty Images).
CMEP Praises Passage of Resolution Removing U.S. Armed Forces from Yemen: Although President Trump vetoed the bill, the bipartisan vote is a promising step toward addressing the world’s worst humanitarian crisis that has left 80 percent of Yemen’s 28 million people in need of humanitarian assistance.
EU Rejects Israeli Annexation Talk, Warns of Middle East Chaos The Jerusalem Post
“The European Union has rejected the idea of Israeli sovereignty in the West Bank, which would create chaos and violence in the Middle East, its foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini told the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Tuesday. Such a move would destroy the possibility of two-state resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Mogherini said, adding that settlement construction was already making the idea of two-states impossible.”
Image: EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini (Francois Lenoir/File Photo/Reuters).
US Publishes First Map Showing Golan as Israeli Territory The Times of Israel
“The US has for the first time published a map showing the Golan Heights as Israeli territory, three weeks after President Donald Trump recognized Israeli sovereignty over the strategic plateau. US Mideast envoy Jason Greenblatt tweeted a picture of the map on Tuesday, saying: ‘Welcome to the newest addition of our international maps system.’”
Image: Map published by Jason Greenblatt (Jason Greenblatt via Twitter).
Airbnb Reverses Policy Banning Listings in Israeli Settlements in West Bank The New York Times
“In November, [Airbnb] provoked an uproar in Israel and a flood of litigation when it said that it would eliminate about 200 listings in West Bank settlements that are at the core of the dispute between Israelis and Palestinians.’” They reversed this decision this week, “but will donate all profits from its business in the region.”
CMEP's Bulletin is a weekly round-up of news from the Middle East and represents an array of perspectives on the issues we cover. CMEP does not necessarily agree with all the views expressed in the articles, and they do not speak on CMEP's behalf.