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Trump and Netanyahu Confront Iran: Vow to Pursue Mideast Peace

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Political Editor – LeNora Millen

President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to make a renewed effort at peace with the Palestinians and to confront Iran.

“I wanted you to know how much we appreciate the American change in policy on Iran,” Netanyahu said as the two leaders delivered joint statements at the prime minister’s residence, but took no questions from reporters.

“We can hold back Iran’s march in this region and thwart Iran’s unbridled ambition,” Netanyahu added.

Taking a noticeable jab  at the Obama administration, the prime minister credited Trump by stating, “your bold decision to act against the use of chemical weapons in Syria, and I want to tell you also how much we appreciate the reassertion of American leadership in the Middle East.”

Trump stated that he wanted to work with Netanyahu—to take on the “threat of the Iranian regime—causing so much violence and suffering.”

With Trump standing next to him, Netanyahu called Jerusalem the united and eternal capital of Israel and said Israel protects the holy sites of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

Netanyahu thanked Trump for becoming first sitting U.S. president to visit the Western Wall.

“You noted so succinctly that common dangers are turning former enemies into partners, and that is where we see something new and potentially very promising,” Netanyahu said.

“It will not be simple, but for the first time in many years, and the first time in my lifetime, I see a real hope for change,” the prime minister added.

For his part, Trump said he wanted to reaffirm the “unbreakable bond of friendship” between the two nations and told Netanyahu that he was “deeply moved” by his visit to the Western Wall earlier Monday.

“It will leave an impression on me forever,” Trump said.

“We want Israel to have peace,” the president added, saying of the Israeli prime minister, “He’s working very hard at it. It’s not easy—America stands ready to assist in every way we can.”

Trump continued, “We can truly achieve a more peaceful future for this region and for people of all faiths and all beliefs and frankly all over the world. There’s a lot of love out there.”

Before the Trump and Netanyahu joint statements, Trump signed the guest book at the prime minister’s residence and wrote a message. Their wives joined both leaders.

“Welcome to our palace,” said Netanyahu, who showed the Trumps a 150-year-old Bible displayed at the residence.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a welcome ceremony for US President Donald Trump  upon his arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport on May 22, 2017.

Trump arrived in Israel on Monday for the second leg of his nine-day trip abroad, which started in Saudi Arabia and scheduled to end in Italy.

Trump’s flight to Israel was noticeably different from previous Air Force One landings.  The scheduled trip from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to Tel Aviv, Israel, is reported as the first direct flight between the two countries, which do not have diplomatic relations.

An Israeli Airports Authority spokesperson told The Associated Press that he wasn’t aware of any previous direct flights from Saudi Arabia.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu acknowledged the flight in remarks on Trump’s arrival.

“Mr. President, you just flew from Riyadh to Tel Aviv,” he said. “I hope that someday, an Israeli prime minister will be able to fly from Tel Aviv to Riyadh. May your first trip to our region prove to be a historic milestone on the path toward reconciliation and peace.”

Trump responded with a brief statement after Netanyahu’s remarks. He said that he was “very, very honored” to be visiting the country.

“We have before us a rare opportunity to bring security and stability and peace to this region and to its people, defeating terrorism and creating a future of harmony, prosperity, and peace,” he said. “But we can only get there working together. There is no other way.”

In anticipation of Trump’s trip, Israel announced “goodwill gestures”— According to an Israeli official:

“The Israeli Cabinet has decided to increase the hours at a key border crossing between Jordan and the West Bank and allow Palestinians limited building rights in some areas of the West Bank where Palestinian building is restricted.”

“At the same time, Israel is offering a gesture to Jewish settlements in the West Bank. Israel will begin a process of legalizing some Jewish settlement outposts that were built without government permission.”

Trump’s two-day visit will also include a meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem and a visit to the Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem on Tuesday.

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Former Congressman Harold Ford Jr. Fired by Morgan Stanley for Alleged Misconduct

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Harold Ford Jr., a former congressman, was fired by the financial services firm Morgan Stanley following allegations of misconduct, NBC confirmed on Thursday.

Morgan Stanley declined to say specifically what prompted the firing. The allegations were presented after a woman who was not employed at the firm accused Mr. Ford of acting inappropriately in a professional setting.

Mr. Ford’s termination reported by HuffPost as an exclusive has been challenged by the former Congressman as “false claims.”

Harold Ford Jr., a former congressman, was fired from his position as a managing director at the financial services firm Morgan Stanley for what the company described as behavior “inconsistent with our values.”CreditMike Groll/Associated Press

In a statement provided by his lawyer, Mr. Ford denied the sexual harassment allegations, stating in a tweet on Thursday that he will be bringing legal action against the reporter, for making false claims against him, as well as Morgan Stanley for wrongful termination.

“This simply did not happen,” Mr. Ford wrote. “I have never forcibly grabbed any woman or man in my life.” He added that socializing with members of the press was part of his job, and said that “false claims like this undermine the real silence breakers.”

Mr. Ford served five terms in Congress as a Democrat representing a Tennessee district after first being elected in 1996—serving as Congressman from 1997 to 207.

He joined Morgan Stanley as a managing director and senior client-relationship manager in 2011 as a vice chairman and senior policy adviser at Bank of America.

Amid the heightened scrutiny of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior toppling key figures in the entertainment and political arena, Mr. Ford is the latest high profiled man to lose his job in recent days for similar allegations.

Time magazine on Wednesday named the “Silence Breakers” its Person of the Year. They shared personal stories about harassment and assault and sparked the #MeToo movement.

According to Time, the #MeToo became a hashtag, a movement, a reckoning. But it began, as great social change nearly always does, with individual acts of courage.

In a tweet acknowledging his thoughts on the “Silence Breaker” quite pointed in his statement, Mr. Ford said the following in regards to news of his firing on Thursday, “This simply did not happen.  I have never forcibly grabbed any woman or man in my life.”

In another tweet, Mr. Ford spoke about his professional demeanor and his tremendous respect for the brave women speaking out “in this important national dialogue.”  Mr. Ford was pointed in stating that false claims alleged against him “undermine the real “Silence Breakers.”

Mr. Ford appeared as a frequent guest on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” MSNBC – which is owned by NBC 4 New York’s parent company.

“We are looking into the report about Harold Ford Jr.,” a spokeswoman for MSNBC said. “During that time he won’t be a guest on MSNBC.”

LeNora Millen            12-7-17

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TV One Cancels Roland Martin’s Morning Show ‘News One Now’

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TV One is canceling Roland Martin’s morning show “News One Now,” Roland made the announcement in a tweet Wednesday.

“Fam, the sad news is true. The staff of @tvonetv #NewsnewOneNow was informed this afternoon that after four years of doing groundbreaking and award-winning work, the show will cease production at the end of the year,” Martin tweeted.

Martin, who thanked audiences for their support, said the last episode will air on Dec. 21.

Roland Martin’s morning show “NewsOne Now” was cancelled due to budget cuts according to various reports from reliable sources.

“They called a meeting on Wednesday and told the staff they were canceling the show. They’re having significant financial problems and they have to scale back,” a source said. “After four years of award-winning programming and distinguished service to our viewers as the only black daily newscast on television, the network has made the difficult decision to suspend the production of NewsOne Now as a daily morning news show. The last live show is scheduled [Dec. 21],” TV One’s interim GM, Michelle Rice wrote in a memo.

Host of “News One Now” Roland Martin speaks on stage during ColorofChange.org 10 Year Anniversary Gala. (Rob Kim/Getty Images for ColorOfChange)

The news of “NewsOne Now” cancellation shocked Martin and staffers according to sources. The network had recently expanded the morning show to two hours in September.

The memo added: “While we will continue our long-standing partnership with Roland Martin to ensure his important voice can be heard across all Urban One platforms examining issues of importance to the black community, we regret this decision adversely affects several of our valued colleagues whose positions will be eliminated with the suspension of the show.”

The network issued a statement on Twitter that read, “We are committed to providing quality news to our viewers and to our long-standing relationship with @rolandsmartin #NewsOneNow who will continue to have a voice on #TVOne.”

LeNora Millen         12-07-17

 

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President Donald Trump will recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel

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Why declaring Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is so controversial?

The final status of Jerusalem has always been one of the most difficult and sensitive questions in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. If the United States declares Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, it would be seen as prejudging that question, deciding an issue that was supposed to be left to negotiations and breaking with the international consensus on the holy city.
Recognizing Jerusalem as the capital also moves the United States one major step closer to relocating the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which would be seen as cementing Israeli sovereignty over the city.

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