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Op-Ed: Tillerson is the emerging threat to Israel

Stephen Hughes claims that US Secretary of State Tillerson holds anti-Israel views, which he developed during his long business relationship with the Qatari government.
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US Secretary of State Tillerson is openly hostile to the State of Israel and protects the Muslim Brotherhood. His views developed during his long business relationship with Qatar.

On August 10, the State Department hosted a delegation meeting with one of America's leading Muslim Brotherhood organization, the New US Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO). USCMO was founded in 2014 as an umbrella for over 10 American Muslim Organizations. There, behind closed doors, they discussed what they termed Israel's illegal occupation of Palestine and the removal of all Israeli control of the Temple Mount and Holy areas of Jerusalem.

USCMO was thoroughly invested by the Center for Security Policy Press, a division of the Center for Security Policy. On September 1, 2015, a comprehensive report concerning USCMO and its links to radical Islam was published, titled "Star Spangled Shariah, The Rise of America’s First Muslim Brotherhood Party."

Tillerson’s favoring of Qatar, Hamas, Muslim Brotherhood and USCMO is related to his close business relationship with the Qatari government. Tillerson, as a businessman for ExxonMobil, had a decades-long association with Qatar’s rulers, which involved billions of dollars of liquefied natural gas revenue. 

Currently, ExxonMobil has partnered with Qatar Petroleum to develop the North Field, the world’s largest non-associated natural gas field. The world’s biggest producer of liquefied natural gas is spending $200 billion to upgrade infrastructure. Additionally, ExxonMobil is the only foreign participant in two domestic gas projects. 

The Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act itself sets out ample evidence that the Brotherhood richly deserves the terror designation. Tillerson has thus far successfully blocked efforts to declare the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization. In June, Tillerson falsely claimed that the Muslim Brotherhood had moderated itself by “renouncing violence.” Far from renouncing violence, Muslim Brotherhood leaders continue to call for “open jihad” against Israel.

Tillerson described Tel Aviv, not Jerusalem, as the “home of Judaism.” He refuses to recognize that the Western Wall is in Israel. Moreover, his State Department continues to reject Israeli claims over the city of Jerusalem.

Recently, the State Department released its 2016 Country Reports on Terrorism. The Conservative Review reported the “anti- Israel language” had been personally added by Tillerson. The Tillerson report rebukes Israel for the absence of peace, declaring a “lack of hope” as a “driver” for any Arab Palestinian violence. According to this report, the lack of hope is the principal cause of all terrorism; The report characterizes the Palestinian Arab calls for terrorism and violence against Israel as "rare," stating: "Explicit calls for violence against Israelis, direct exhortations against Jews, and categorical denials by the Palestinian Authority (PA) of the possibility of peace with Israel are rare, and the leadership does not generally tolerate it."

Tillerson's report proclaimed Israel is changing the status quo on the Temple Mount, meaning that Israel is taking over and destroying the Temple Mount. Following Israel’s capture of the Temple Mount during the 1967 Six Day War, the Israeli government handed day-to-day control of the area to the Muslim Waqf religious authorities, overseen by the Jordanian government. Israel retains security control of the area. Fifty years later, this policy, known as the "status quo," continues to be the policy of the Israeli government.

Tillerson is clearly no friend of the Land of Israel. He has openly stated he intends to increase funding for the Palestinian Authority. And yet, as strange as it seems, Tillerson’s State Department has openly spoken out against a two-state solution.

Behind this misdirection, a Trojan horse is being developed. With no state for the Arab Palestinians, the issue will be what to do with the alleged few million Arab refugees. Tillerson and his ally National-Security Adviser H.R. McMaster's strategy is to move them to Israel, a thousand or so to begin for Judea and Samaria (the West Bank). They will argue where is the harm. However, these few will become a tidal wave of a several million.



JOL Blogger | Stephen Hughes

Stephen E Hughes spent 13 years with the U.S. Army. Half of Hughes’ time in the military was spent overseas. Hughes is currently the Association of Geo-Strategic Analysis CEO and the author of several books concerning Iran and the Middle East.


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