Moderate Rebels episode 11 – Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton are joined by journalist Ali Abunimah to discuss Trump’s recognition of illegally occupied Jerusalem as the supposed capital of Israel. We also address the situation on the ground in Palestine, and the complicity of Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Jordan, and Egypt.

We highlight Israelgate: the actual scandal featuring Jared Kushner and Russia. And Ali likewise stresses the importance of independent media in this increasingly restricted political climate.


0:00 Intro
2:10 Trump, Jerusalem, and Israel-Palestine
7:26 Democratic Party
14:02 Zombie “peace process”
21:44 Palestinian Authority (PA)
27:44 Situation on the ground in Jerusalem
38:42 Saudi Arabia, the Gulf, Jordan, and Egypt
46:31 Decline of US imperial power
49:44 Jared Kushner and Israelgate
59:32 David Friedman
1:00:25 Future in Palestine
1:04:58 Importance of independent media
1:08:39 Outro

Show Notes

Ali Abunimah and the Electronic Intifada

Ali Abunimah at the Electronic Intifada

US State Department can’t say what country Jerusalem is in

What country is Jerusalem in? The State Dept. answered awkwardly“, USA Today, 8 December 2017

“Zombie peace process” and the “two-state solution” myth

Saudi Arabia and Egypt supported Jerusalem embassy move

Israel TV: Saudi Arabia, Egypt gave Trump green light regarding Jerusalem“, Middle East Monitor, 8 December 2017

New York Times Jerusalem bureau in home of ethnically cleansed Palestinian journalist

Max Blumenthal, “Candid video reveals NYT bureau chief Jodi Rudoren’s Zionist bubble“, The Electronic Intifada, 2 August 2014

Congress pushes for protections for Palestinian children

Ben Norton, “20 Congress members send Obama letter requesting protection of Palestinian children from Israeli abuses“, Salon, 22 June 2016

Wesley Clark and “7 countries in 5 years”

Gen. Wesley Clark Weighs Presidential Bid: ‘I Think About It Every Day‘”, 2 March 2007, Democracy Now

Benjamin Netanyahu slept in Jared Kushner’s bed

Ben Norton, “Benjamin Netanyahu Is in Bed with the Trump Administration—Almost Literally“, AlterNet’s Grayzone Project, 14 February 2017

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