Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Trump Is Showing More Bias for Israel

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Trump Is Showing More Bias for Israel

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VIEWPOINTS Write to: Viewpoints, M.E.N, Mitchell Henry House, Hollinwood Avenue, Oldham, OL9 8EF Or email: viewpoints@men-news.co.uk

THE announcement by US President Donald Trump recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is further demonstration of its bias towards Israel.

How could this be otherwise when the USA aid programme has featured Israel as the largest recipient of aid amounting to more than $3bn annually, $38bn over 10 years and $140bn since 1976.

Most of this support has been in military aid, thus building up Israel's power base in the region.

In contrast, the Palestinians have received negligible funding resulting in subventions from more favourably-disposed countries.

This imbalance of support, maintained by formidable Jewish influence and the religious right, disqualifies the USA from any meaningful role as a broker in the conflict.

Not only has this bias been demonstrated by the USA but by the UK also.

The Balfour Declaration stated, inter alia, in recognising Palestine as a national home for the Jewish people, it be clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine.

Over many years, UK governments have failed to uphold the provisions of the declaration,ignored the oppressive, destructive Israeli actions and violations against international law and the Palestinian population. Tom Jackson Stockport Carbon taxes for politicians JM Johnson says (Viewpoints, December 7), that the CO2 debate is pointless.

I'd disagree. He makes the mistake of linking rising CO2 levels to increasing temperatures - although, as other correspondents have already shown; CO2 levels were higher in previous ice ages - even taking in to account evidence from website Skeptical Science which says CO2 levels were eight times pre-industrial levels at 2240ppm. The sun was much cooler then, meaning its historical output drives climate change, not CO2 emissions. That leaves us with a big bill. …

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