FROM Ruth Eglash
A defiant Israel and an American reprimand Israel is railing at the Obama administration for not vetoing a UN vote last week condemning settlements in the West Bank. In retaliation, it's pulling envoys and advancing plans for new settlements in East Jerusalem, where Palestinians envision a future capital. Today outgoing Secretary of State John Kerry took Israel and Prime Minister Netanyahu to task in a speech making a final plea for keeping the "two state solution" alive. Kerry also rejected the suggestion made by the Israeli Prime Minister that the Obama Administration orchestrated the UN vote behind the scenes. We talk about the Kerry plan, get reaction from Jerusalem, and ask where US Mid East policy is headed under the Trump Administration.
Rising Tensions and More Violence in Israel After two weeks, deadly street-violence continues in Israel. Today, a man from the African nation of Eritrea was kicked and beaten to death — after being mistaken for an assailant in a bus station in the desert city of Negev. Ruth Egalsh, who is based in Jerusalem for the Washington Post , has an update.
FAA Lifts Ban on Flights into Ben Gurion Airport The FAA and the European Aviation Safety Agency have lifted their bans on flights in and out of Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport — the international gateway to Israel. For 24 hours, planes were turning around, and travelers were stranded at the height of the travel season. Hamas was declaring a victory. Israel was outraged. Ruth Eglash is based in Jerusalem for the Washington Post.
Beaten US Teen in Israel Tensions are running high in Israel and the West Bank today as Israelis and Palestinians alike mourn the deaths of teenagers from each group. American teenager Tariq Abu Khdeir says he was beaten by Israeli police as he protested the killing of his 16-year-old Palestinian cousin in the West Bank. Tariq’s cousin was kidnapped and burned to death last week. The murder is said to be a revenge killing after the bodies of three Israeli teengagers were found in a West Bank field. Now, Rocket fire from the Gaza Strip into Israel increased over the weekend. And an Israeli airstrike killed 8 people in Gaza.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.