(1) FOREIGN POLICY ANALYSIS: EJ Kimball is a foreign policy and national security consultant with over 10 years’ experience working in Washington, D.C. He most recently served as executive director of the Israel Allies Foundation.
EJ Kimball: The UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA).
On January 16, the Trump administration announced that it was withholding more than half of a scheduled $125 million installment of its annual contribution to the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) until it makes unspecified reforms. Unfortunately, the problem of UNRWA is not so easily solved – Belgium has already pledged $23 million to make up for the shortfall, and others are sure to follow.
The Middle East Forum’s staff and fellows have closely studied the pernicious impact of UNRWA on prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace, with particular attention to its automatic extension of “refugee” status to descendants of Palestinians displaced in the 1948 war, residents of the West Bank and Gaza already living in their purported homeland, and those who have long since emigrated and assumed citizenship in other countries. See the selections at right for an introduction to the Forum’s work on the issue.
EJ Kimball: “The US has long ignored the rise of Iranian penetration throughout the Latin America region. Now, with Iran in seeming control of Venezuela (with Russia and China), it seeks to expand that control further in the region. Secretary Tillerson’s invoking of the Monroe Doctrine has shown a strategic shift to address the growing threats to our southern neighbors”.
SHERIFF RICHARD MACK CALLS FOR A TELEVISED ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION WITH THE OUTSPOKEN SURVIVORS OF THE PARKLAND MASSACRE BEFORE THE “MARCH FOR OUR LIVES.”
Sheriff Richard Mack, former Graham County Sheriff, Founder and President of the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association (CSPOA), NRA Hall of Fame member and current high school teacher at the Heritage Academy is calling for a one hour uninterrupted, unedited, live, televised round table discussion with the outspoken survivors of the Parkland Massacre to discuss the school shooting and real measures that can be taken to minimize future loss of lives.
“We all mourn for the tragic loss of life and have a shared responsibility, as parents, citizens and leaders in the community to respectfully and thoughtfully address our children’s safety at schools.” Sheriff Richard Mack said.
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