The Wells Report for Tuesday, October 17, 2023 Today’s News, Analysis, Commentary & Debate Jon-David Wells Oct 17
President Joe Biden will make an extraordinary wartime visit to Israel this week as he seeks to demonstrate staunch support for the country as it works to eliminate Hamas while also pressing for ways to ease humanitarian suffering in Gaza.
The dueling objectives, spelled out by his top diplomat Monday evening, bring with them significant risks for the president as he works to prevent the crisis in the Middle East from widening.
Aides said Biden had expressed a strong interest in making the journey after being invited over the weekend by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whom Biden has known for four decades.
He spent Monday deliberating over the trip at the White House with his top national security and intelligence advisers.
HAMAS RESPONDS TO BIDEN VISIT
Hamas accused US President Joe Biden of falling “for the Israeli narrative,” today calling the United States “a culprit in this war against our people.”
Hazem Qassem, the spokesperson for Hamas, said the US stance toward the Palestinian people was “aggressive” and claimed that Biden’s visit was aimed at providing financial and moral support to Israel while encouraging the latter to “commit more massacres against Palestinians.”
Qassem told CNN in a telephone interview:
“Unfortunately the US administration and the US President Biden took a very aggressive measure against the Palestinian people and fell for the Israeli narrative.
His visit is only to support the Israelis financially and morally and to encourage the occupation to commit more massacres against our Palestinian brothers and sisters, children and the elderly.”
A significant number of casualties in Israeli airstrikes on Tuesday were individuals who had fled from northern areas of Gaza to the south, Qassem said. Two-thirds of the casualties were women and children, he said.
TWR: What will President Biden going to Israel at this moment accomplish? Does anyone know?
Standing behind Israel right now means not interfering in their self-defense.
It also means making sure the entire world knows that we not only support Israel’s self-defense, but we support the way they defend themselves.
This trip looks like an intervention by the President to coerce Israel to let both Hamas and the Palestinians at large to escape accountability. Again.
Hamas has cast the die. They have exposed themselves as nihilistic, anti-Jewish, genocidal killers. They should be treated as such.
ISRAELI MILITARY IS RETURNING FIRE ACROSS LEBANON BORDER
The Israeli military said Tuesday it was responding with “tank and artillery fire towards military posts belonging to Hezbollah,” after “two anti-tank missiles” were fired near the border with Lebanon.
One anti-tank missile was fired at a civilian vehicle in Metula and a second one was fired at a tank in Misgav-Am, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) told CNN.
The IDF told CNN that it is seeing “increasing attacks” today on its intelligence-gathering means, and it is working to fix some of the damage caused.
IDF spokesperson Lt. Col. Richard Hecht said in a briefing Tuesday morning that there were injuries on both sides. According to the IDF, two reserve soldiers were injured in Metula and they have been transferred to a hospital for treatment.
TWR: It’s time for the Civilized World to impose civilized standards of behavior on those who choose to be barbarians. (Hint: Iran)
Here’s how you do it:
1st: The UN Security Council votes to authorize a Peace-Keeping mission.
2nd: Member countries contribute military materiel and personnel, who are immediately deployed, under American Command, to Iraq and Turkmenistan.
3rd: The UN Security Council approves a Resolution proclaiming Iran as the world’s number one state sponsor of terrorism, but also establishes an official linkage between Iran, Hamas and Hezbollah. Finally,
4th: The UN Security Council approves a resolution which states: “Any attack on the State of Israel by terrorism clients supported by Iran, will be declared an attack on Israel by Iran, requiring a full retaliatory response upon the Islamic Republic of Iran.”
Should these resolutions and actions not be undertaken immediately, the United States of America will immediately withdraw as a member of the United Nations, and require the organization to remove itself from US soil without delay.
HAMAS RELEASES FIRST VIDEO OF A HOSTAGE TAKEN TO GAZA
The short video clip shows Mia Schem lying on a bed, her right arm being bandaged by someone out of the frame. A long, fresh scar is clearly visible.
Schem, a 21-year-old French-Israeli woman, is being held hostage by the militant group Hamas in the Gaza Strip. The video released by Hamas on Monday is the first footage of any of the dozens of people held in the enclave.
Speaking into the camera, Schem, who looks pale, but is sitting up straight with her head held high, says she was injured and taken to Gaza, then pleads to be returned to her family.
As she speaks, loud rumbling can be heard in the background.
Speaking to reporters on Tuesday in Tel Aviv, Schem’s mother urged the government and world leaders to bring her daughter back home.
Holding a picture of her daughter, Keren Scharf Schem said: “I am begging the world to bring my baby back home, she only went to a festival party to have some fun and now she is in Gaza and she is not the only one.”
TWR: The taking of civilian hostages is a war crime.
Following the release or rescue of all hostages, all those responsible for the taking or holding them should be given a trial before a War Crimes Tribunal in Nuremburg, and if convicted, promptly executed.
HAMAS SINWAR, WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE
If there’s one clear objective of Israel’s war in Gaza right now it is this: To hunt down and assassinate Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar.
Referred to by Israel as the Butcher of Khan Younis for his violent and cruel torture methods against his enemies, both Israeli and Palestinian, Sinwar, 60, is widely seen as being behind the massacre of Israeli civilians carried out by thousands of Hamas militants on Oct. 7.
The attack, in which 1,400 people are now known to have been killed, with a further 200 missing and likely being held hostage inside the Gaza Strip, is the worst against Jews since the Holocaust. Civilian men, women and children were not only murdered but, according to multiple eyewitness reports also brutalized, raped and even decapitated.
“That man is in our sights,” Israeli Defense Forces spokesman Lt. Col. Richard Hecht told journalists over the weekend. “Sinwar is the leader of Hamas in Gaza and he’s a dead man walking.”
TWR: Like Gaddafi, Hussein, Soleimani. Sinwar will leave this Earth.
And should. Without delay.
US ACADEMY UNDER FIRE FOR PALESTINIAN SUPPORT OR SILENCE
It might seem like a safe move: condemn violence on both sides of the conflict in Israel and express support for Jews and Palestinians alike because of the losses they’ve suffered. But in a moment this heavy with emotion and rage, few moves are safe.
U. S. companies, politicians, universities and school districts who took that approach found themselves under fire from Jewish groups and others for appearing to downplay what began this crisis a week ago: a militant attack by Hamas on Israel that killed hundreds of civilians.
Jewish parents in the suburbs of Boston, Washington and elsewhere protested after their school leaders put out statements that sought a measure of neutrality. Sen. Edward J. Markey (D., Mass), appearing at a vigil in Boston, was booed when he called for “de-escalation of the current violence.”
TWR: If you support Hamas, you are Hamas.
HARVARD LOSES BILLIONAIRE DONOR
A nonprofit founded by former Victoria’s Secret billionaire Leslie Wexner and his wife Abigail is breaking off ties with Harvard University, alleging the school has been “tiptoeing” over Hamas’ terror attacks against Israel.
The Wexner Foundation’s decision to end its relationship and financial support for Harvard is the latest fallout amid criticism from donors who were alarmed by the university’s initial response to the attacks and to an anti-Israel statement issued by student groups.
“We are stunned and sickened by the dismal failure of Harvard’s leadership to take a clear and unequivocal stand against the barbaric murders of innocent Israeli civilians,” the Wexner Foundation’s leaders wrote in a Monday letter to the Harvard board of overseers.
TRUMP `GAGGED’ BY FEDERAL JUDGE
The federal judge overseeing the election subversion case against Donald Trump in Washington, DC, placed a limited gag order on the former president after his continued attacks against potential witnesses, prosecutors and the court itself, following a testy hearing Monday.
Though limited in scope, the gag order from Judge Tanya Chutkan is likely the biggest limit on the former president’s speech he has ever been handed.
“This is not about whether I like the language Mr. Trump uses,” Chutkan said. “This is about language that presents a danger to the administration of justice.”
The gag order Chutkan implemented bars Trump from making certain comments about the special counsel’s team or potential witnesses in the federal election subversion case, including any comments that directly target court personnel, potential witnesses or the special counsel and his staff.
“One could come away from these arguments with a mistaken understanding that the First Amendment is an absolute right,” Chutkan said Monday. “That is false. The First Amendment yields to the administration of justice.”
TRUMP ATTACKS GAG ORDER
Former President Trump spoke about the indictments and four criminal cases against him, hours after a federal judge issued a limited gag order on the former president and 2024 Republican presidential candidate.
Speaking in Iowa, Trump claimed the gag order, which only applies to the federal charges alleging he tried to steal the 2020 election, is unconstitutional.” “We’ll appeal it and we’ll see” Trump said.
During a second speech, Trump vowed to press on with his presidential campaign and added: “I am willing to go to jail if that’s what it takes for our country to win and become a democracy again.”
Trump claimed that “they’ve weaponized the Justice Department and the FBI,” and he protested the new order.
TWR: This decision will be heard by the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and immediately overturned.
This ill-advised prosecution completely disregarded the realities of what I call “Presidential Law.”
Why? Because of the political corruption, currently a feature of the Department of Justice.
In July of 2015, former FBI Director James Comey, describing the Hillary Clinton’s email scandal stated, “.No reasonable Prosecutor would bring such a case.”.
That statement should have ruled the day where Trump is involved. But no.
Here are the current outcomes:
· According to repeated public polling, these prosecutions are political, giving credence to the notion that the administration is attempting to prosecute, then jail a political opponent.
· A Federal Judge has arrogantly infringed on the 1st Amendment Rights of former President Donald Trump.
· The Judicial Branch of Our Government is both interfering with the Executive Branch. While damaging the Presidency.
· With all the above, the anti-Trump Deep State is irrefutably confirmed as a sinister fact of American governance.
GEORGIA ELECTION SUBVERSION CASE JUDGE SKEPTICAL OF ASKING POTENTIAL JURORS ABOUT `MAGA’
The judge presiding over the Georgia election subversion case said Monday he’s unlikely to let Donald Trump’s co-defendants ask potential jurors for their views on the former president’s attempt to “steal the election,” or about the impact of “political misinformation” on US democracy and the extremism of “MAGA Republicans.”
Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee revealed at a hearing Monday that lawyers for the first two defendants going to trial – pro-Trump lawyer Kenneth Chesebro and former Trump campaign lawyer Sidney Powell – wanted to include the politically charged inquiries in the questionnaire that will be given to potential jurors in the case.
Jury selection is scheduled to begin later this week. A total of 900 prospective jurors have been asked to report to the Fulton County courthouse.
TWR: The lunacy of this “case” against President Trump, as discussed above, has opened a grotesque, slimy can of rotting, legal worms.
After a Federal Judge infringes on the Constitutional Rights of a former President, a State Judge now seeks to limit how his legal team defends their client.
To what end? To remove the irritant of Donald Trump to a grotesque, slimy can of rotting, political worms.
REPUBLICANS TO MOVE FORWARD WITH SPEAKER VOTE TODAY
The two weeks without a speaker of the House could end today when House Republicans hold a vote to elect a new leader at Noon Eastern Time.
House Republicans formally nominated the chair of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, to the speakership. But Jordan’s chances of earning 217 votes – the magic number needed to become speaker – are unclear.
Regardless, the House is slated to hold a speaker election today, which could be reminiscent of January, when former speaker Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., had to endure 15 ballots of voting to finally be elected speaker.
TWR: Since this morning’s broadcast, there has been one Speaker vote. Rep. Jim Jordan lost that vote by 20 Republican Votes.
The Republican Party cannot fight the Democrat Party, let alone the Anti-American Leftist thugs infecting our Nation.
The Republican Party cannot summon the courage to investigate the anomalies surrounding the 2020 elections. Not to disprove the results, but to set aside the concerns.
The Republican Party cannot offer a plan to balance the budget, or remedy a 33-Trilliuon Dollar National Debt.
The Republican Party is useless.
Jon-David Wells, Host – The Wells Report c: 2023
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