Warned: even The Washington Post and the three network evening news shows tonight will not be able to spin this story. The UN was ready to "condemn" Israel for new settlements. Now, out of the blue, this headline: "UN scuttles vote on Israeli settlement after Trump warning." Details: Egypt blinked:
Egyptian officials scrapped a plan to proceed with a United Nations Security Council vote condemning the construction of Israeli settlements, following pushback from Israeli officials and President-elect Trump.
"Egypt requested the vote's delay to permit them to conduct an additional meeting of the Arab League's foreign ministers to work on the resolution's wording," Haaretz reported, citing Western diplomats.
But the vote might be postponed "indefinitely," according to the report. Israeli settlement construction drew condemnation from the State Department earlier this year, in addition to the rebukes of more customary critics, raising fears in Israel and among congressional Republicans that President Obama might not veto a resolution on the matter in the waning days of his presidency.
President-elect Trump stated his opposition to the resolution, as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was lobbying Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi to drop the resolution.Something tells me the phone call between Egypt and "Trump" was not a long phone call with the subject of US aid coming up early in the call.
Warned: a four-fer. China, Putin, Iran, and North Korea have all been warned. Sanctions have not worked. We're back to an arms race. Trump has tweeted that the US nuclear arsenal needs to be "enhanced." And what is talk-TV talking about? The new White House spokesman and re-arranging the chairs in the White House press room. Wow. I can't make this stuff up but it supports my observation that talk shows are scripted days in advance and it takes time to arrange interviews with analysts and experts on new developments. By next week we should be seeing network interviews with experts on US nuclear deterrence.