tv Inside Story 2018 Ep 313 Al Jazeera November 9, 2018 8:32pm-9:01pm +03
roles show that americans want their government to be even handed to be decent to have integrity to promote international law and fair fair handedness to both sides in the conflict including the arab israeli conflict but so there can be public opinion pressure possibly pushing some of the members of congress to to at least get the united states to stop directly being a mall in this war and then maybe they'll move on to other things like delaying weapon sales associate arabia renegotiating issues like that that the american soda relationship are so big and so significant that they don't want to bring that question down obviously but they also want to send a message because it is possible that the democrats in the house will completely ignore saudi in yemen because they might decide that they will they will get more attention focusing on the russia into vet investigation and some of his
donald trump's financial dealings or his past sexual harassment issues they might decide we can only focus on so many things and they might make the clock elation that those are the things they can the most of focus on maybe they'll drop some of those and spend more time on saudi and yemen it remains to be seen if we're talking about saudi arabia and we're talking about yemen we should of course bring iran into the conversation now that the u.s. is re imposing sanctions against iran where it is this relationship go you know there have been so many reports in the past year that perhaps donald trump wants to reopen negotiations with iran it from your vantage point does that happen what happens next exactly i would find it to be an extremely unlikely outcome because in that there's one actor in this midterm that we haven't really given any attention to and when i say we i mean the media in general and that is the republican party's biggest donor sheldon adelson alongside his wife miriam adelson and. i know they
put over one hundred million dollars into this election cycle you could argue that they made a blunder and that it was a huge loss for them because of the outcome for the house but they did ok in the senate and more importantly i might argue that actually their investment into republican house races still couldn't pay a dividend to them because their number one concern is foreign policy it's keeping a hawkish u.s. stance toward iran they're very close with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu and by all accounts that is their primary motivation for their political giving has to do with maintaining this close relationship between the republican party and the liquid party in israel and sheldon adelson arguably has more influence here this is a party that is more deeply indebted to him any republican member of congress and a republican member of the senate and donald trump himself all over arguably their positions to sheldon omarion adelson the largest in helping to fund them now
adelson this has proposed in the past that the u.s. to go shooting strategy toward iran should be to drop a nuclear weapon in as he put it in the iranian desert and tell the iranians that the next nuclear weapon will be landing on terror on this is not somebody who wants to see any sort of the goshi ation or diplomacy he he helped fund the opposition to the negotiation of the joint comprehensive plan of action under the previous administration and by all accounts he's played he played a major role in pushing for john bolton thorough a thorough iran hawks who nobody would doubt his intention of trying to spark some sort of a conflict as being appointed as national security advisor to. sort of i saw the interest on iran it's hard to imagine the u.s. already interrupt you because i see croll once you're going to make a point or going out of this way and don't forget i'm spending one hundred million dollars an election is not just an investment on the outcome of that particular election but it is buying continuing influence. with that party i'm sure i'm sure
that's obvious to you but i want to make sure i point that out it's not just about in a short term investment if even if they lose a lot of seats here and that by spending all that money they buy influence with republicans for the next two years i go ahead you want to say something precisely. i think that's absolutely right and that is the key takeaway we should be making is that the children marry an adult and have increased their investment into the republican party and the republican party's ties to to their biggest donors have now been deepened so i think on foreign policy matters in particular there is going to very little daylight between any republicans and where sheldon omarion adelson want them to be exactly so let me ask you then of course you heard eli and he brought israel into the conversation and you and i have on this show in the past spoken about this suppose it deal of the century that donald trump jared cushier and others were going to bring to in the israeli palestinian conflict peace for the
region that has not materialized most analysts don't think it will where is all of that where has that gone. well the deal of the century was really the fantasy of the century i mean this has been a catastrophic century for much of the arab world certainly for the palestinians and it started with balfour ninety in one thousand seventeen and and now it's we have question are in two thousand and seventeen eighteen and two figures who have absolutely no interest in giving any kind of human rights or national rights or respect to palestinians and and what we've seen over the century is total disdain by most western powers other than lip service to a genuinely equitable resolution of the israeli palestinian conflict and it's this deal of the century is built on a fantasy of the saudis and the israelis and moderate arabs on the americans and others making a front against iran and it's just not not going to work now i would just like to
add to what my two colleagues said before that we really have two contradictory forces at work here one is this incredible impact of schadler. sheldon adelson and and then of course jared questioner and his links to the likud and his total control in many ways or heavy control of obviously in the middle east in the white house and the christian fundamentalists are just out of the legation of the christian fundamentalist meeting with howard been so man the crown prince and saudi arabia that triumvirate really creates a very powerful bloc that is driving much of the policies in the middle east against that is the tradition the current of the last ten fifteen years which is especially seen in the house of representatives and we've saw it in this election with elections of many progressives the first palestinian american somali american a lot of woman and. people three arab americans but many progressives many leftist
progressives and and what we saw in two thousand and sixteen with bernie sanders is you can take a fair position on israel palestine in public as a presidential candidate and not get destroyed liked. had been the case in the past so i expect to see within the democratic party in the congress more lobbying for even handedness that's all we're asking for that's all they're asking for and this is going to push back a little sun and question around the christian fundamentalist it's going to create a really fascinating dynamic the question is is this a porton up for them to make a priority or are they more going to be focused on russia on syria and yemen iran human rights or other issues we'll just have to wait and see but clearly there's two contradictory forces at work here and this election brought out the progressive leftist forces karl i mean trump has been all about america first do you see him now after these midterm elections actually focusing more on foreign policy yes
that's a traditional thing for presidents to do when they lose control of congress is the one thing that they have most control over is is foreign policy so it's going to be it's going to be a big of a concert for him and when he says america first he says the same thing putin means when when he when he when he talks about russia it's not really about america russia it's about me first it's about showing what a what a dominant great guy he is and he's got a lot of opportunities to bully people around in the foreign policy theater and he'll do that he also has an opportunity with the senate silis if he lost the house and he lost the senate and kept the house he wouldn't be able to to appoint judges that's going to be a big thing in this in this that's going to be his main domestic thing in the next two years is appointing every conceivable judge he can if the in all levels you lie president trumps you know if. he has severely altered some would say harmed
america's relationship with the european allies so you know leaders in europe what are they taking what is their take away from democrats remain in the house are they are they happy about it. well as i think karl just pointed out that typically the president who's just lost midterm elections turns to foreign policy in the second half of their of their term and in this case you're i doubt you're going to see a different donald trump you're not going to see a different mike pump a oh you're not going to see a different john bolton if anything i would warn anyone who's dealing with them that there's a highly or a likelihood that in some ways they're going to feel like the leash has been taken off they no longer have the midterm elections hanging over them they no longer have many of the more moderate voices in their own party trying to pull them back from from whatever they were trying to accomplish and in terms of what their agenda will be going forward i think as you just raise well iran is a good example they're moving forwards with trying to unilaterally reimpose
sanctions including on or getting other countries who had signed on to the joint comprehensive plan of action to now follow this this unilateral move by the united states to or to rescind ssion entities that engage in trade with iran there will be an effort by the europeans to try to create a non dollar based exchange so to continue some degree of trade with iran and hopefully maintain some of the constraints from the joint comprehensive plan of action on iran's nuclear program and but this is all going on in the context of john bolton as national security advisor who hasn't seen a multilateral or international treaty they haven't want to tear hasn't wanted to tear up though the intermediate nuclear forces treaty is almost certainly on the chopping block at this point and i'm sure that there will be heightened tensions as europe tries to salvage what they can of the joint comprehensive plan of action and as we do this as the united states does this it reaches a point where it overplays its influence of the united states leadership or acting
like it's still one hundred forty five and we are still the only intact industrial economy the world and that and that we can unilaterally sanction people in that. will hurt them it's hurting less and less unilateral sanctions come united states is hurting less and less especially with a rand now with with europe trying to undermine the us then has to try to pressure european companies and chinese companies into making a choice between doing business with the united states and doing business with iran and that weakens the united states influence around the world some of these companies going to say ok i won't use the united states and then that a little bit or roads us influence in this is this is this actually what seems like a strengthening of u.s. power is actually in is actually over the medium and long term just weakening just to jump in quickly that to follow that there's now an actively organized effort
among big powers all over the world russia china turkey europe to organize a pushback against the american sanctions on iran to figure out a way where the world can keep trading with iran so the united states is dealing with opposition within the u.s. and then big opposition in the world this is not a bunch of small little countries but the biggest powers are saying to the u.s. openly what you're doing is unacceptable and we're going to push back against that the last point i make is that there are many democrats who support the trump position on iran for instance or palestine and the new chairman of the foreign or foreign relations committee in the house eliot engel is is as a liquid nick iran hawk as as hawkish as they come so that's not all and the democratic party not everybody is against what the trumpet ministrations doing and this is part of the struggle called if you want to do that yes and this this effort to this this this effort of trying to get where he thinks are better
deals are if he doesn't know what these deals are for yes the u.s. has always paid more for nato than everybody else in nato has and that is because. the deal has the tacit deal has always been the united states pays the most and the united states makes most of the decisions and many of our trade deals are similar to that and trump trying to get what he thinks are more equal terms is actually spending america's influence and is weakening america's all right gentlemen we have run out of times we're going to have to leave it there thanks to all our guests carl white request clifton and rami hooty and thank you too for watching you can see the program again any time by visiting our website al-jazeera dot com and for further discussion go to our facebook page at facebook dot com forward slash a.j. inside story you can also join the conversation on twitter our handle is at a.j. inside story for me and the whole team here bye for now.
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a central city footpath in melbourne then set alight and people stabbed is now being treated as terrorism a busy shopping streets in the heart of the city remains on lockdown the man who was known to the police killed one person and injured two others in the busy streets the car he was driving burst into flames police say it was filled with gas cylinders he then tried to stab police officers but was shot in the chest and later died in hospital bystanders were seen on video stepping in to try and stop the attack or the premier of the state of victoria thank them for their courage those strangers people who bystanders people who knew nobody involved who stepped in with an a minus hesitation to render support the systems to those bright members of the tour replaced by two. people whose qualities michael or spread is well. under thomas's following the story from sydney. four ten in the afternoon melbourne time about the peak in terms of shoppers in vehicles on that busy street right in
the hearts of melbourne this big vehicle parked up and then got on fire we don't know whether the man set it on fire just before he got out or when he was still inside but either way it was on fire he came out wielding a knife slashing its passes by three men was stabbed one of those men subsequently died now this thing right in the middle of melbourne place officers were there very very quickly but the man social media videos show this starts in taking his knife towards them and for about a minute there was this ugly dance where the man was trying to stop the place officers and one of them shot him first of the taser and then with a gun he was taken to hospital in a critical condition a rest in that stage he subsequently died in hospital now we didn't know whether this was ideologically inspired to the press conference when the police said that this was being treated as what they call a terrorism incident largely based on what they know about them and they found out an awful lot about him in
a very short space of time turkish police have told prosecutors they've ended their search for the body of the saudi journalist jamal khashoggi sources have told al jazeera traces of acid were found at the residence of the saudi consul general in istanbul it's believed that showed his body may have been disposed of using chemicals. russia summoning the austrian ambassador in moscow austria as one of its retired army colonel spied for the russians he retired five years ago but stands accused of working for moscow since one nine hundred ninety russia's foreign minister sergei lavrov says he's been pleasantly surprised by the allegation meanwhile the russian government is hosting peace talks in moscow to end the violence in afghanistan an afghan delegation and a group representing the telegram are attending the meeting leaders from a dozen nations were also invited. united nations brokered talks between the warring sides in yemen have been for spurned until the end the the u.n.
is warning yemen is just three months away from famine with fourteen million people at risk the world food program says it's doubling the amount of food aid to try and prevent mass starvation. or past moving wildfire has forced tens of thousands of people to evacuate their homes in northern california the entire town of paradise with a population of around twenty seven thousand people was emptied as the flames engulfed homes and businesses. devastation active burning of all throughout the town to me i lived there for eighteen years and it looks like the fire came from. eastern and is came straight through town all the way to the west. big box stores picked up the safeway. subways buildings offices on the program completely gone through gone. the u.s. government is aiming to make it harder for people crossing the us mexico border illegally to claim asylum people caught crossing anywhere other than official
border posts won't be allowed to present asylum claims a caravan with thousands of people from central america is currently traveling towards the border between mexico and the united states the news continues after al-jazeera correspondent more news in about twenty five minutes i'll see you then. my name is tommy lamar shall not meet them i was born a citizen of the union of soviet socialist republics. the u.s.s.r.
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