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.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
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.
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.