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Why Democrats Don’t Want to Talk about Flynn’s First Meeting with the Russians

In short, Congressional Democrats agreed with Trump that letting Israel’s right-wing leader Benjamin Netanyahu illegally establish settlements on occupied Palestinian territory doesn’t violate the Oslo Accords, but President Obama’s decision to abstain on a U.N. resolution opposing these illegal settlements does.

Past Republican and Democratic administrations, recognizing that the settlements make establishing a viable contiguous Palestinian state impossible, have opposed expansion on the grounds that it’s “an obstacle to peace.” The U.S.-backed peace plans put forward by former CIA director George Tenet and the Mitchell Commission called for a freeze on Israeli settlement activities, as did the much-vaunted “Road Map for Peace,” which both the Bush and Obama administrations repeatedly stressed was necessary to resolve the conflict. The refusal of successive Israeli governments to stop building illegal settlements led to the U.N. resolution that Obama allowed to pass. It was this resolution that Flynn clumsily tried to get the Russians to postpone so Trump could veto it.Given that most Democrats went on record supporting the goal of Flynn’s meeting, it’s no wonder they don’t want to talk it.

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