At a time when pundits await the details of US President Trump’s master plan for the Middle East, rumors fly across the political spectrum as to  the  US gov’t policy towards Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and the Palestinian  Authority, the PA, an entity which derives its authority from the Palestine Liberation Organization, the PLO.

So what is the real US Middle East Policy?

  1. US gov’t distributes maps which demarcate Golan as part of Israel, but demarcate Judea & Samaria as extraterritorial to Israel.
  2. US gov’t , while moving its embassy to Jerusalem, does not recognize Israel sovereignty over Jerusalem.  US documents issued in Jerusalem continue to list “Jerusalem” with no country.  
    [ Full Disclosure: Our two grandsons born in Jerusalem this year received US issued birth certificates which state “Jerusalem, with no country, as their place of birth.]
    In that context. Meanwhile, the US gov’t openly prevents Israel from expanding the “Givat HaMatos” Jewish neighborhood in Southern Jerusalem.
  3. So far, the US gov’t has not conditioned aid packages to the PA on cancellation of:
    a. The PLO covenant charter to destroy Israel, which the PLO obligated itself to do as parr ot fhe “Declaration of Principles” on the White House lawn on September 13. 1993  
    b. A new PA curriculum which indoctrinates children to strive for “right of return” by force of arms.
    c. Cancellation of a PA ordinance which provides automatic gratuity for anyone who murders a Jew.
    A positive step that the US and all governments should include in any master plan would be to require peace education in the PA as a condition for any further plans for peace.


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David Bedein is an MSW community organizer and an investigative journalist.   In 1987, Bedein established the Israel Resource News Agency at Beit Agron to accompany foreign journalists in their coverage of Israel, to balance the media lobbies established by the PLO and their allies.   Mr. Bedein has reported for news outlets such as CNN Radio, Makor Rishon, Philadelphia Inquirer, Los Angeles Times, BBC and The Jerusalem Post, For four years, Mr. Bedein acted as the Middle East correspondent for The Philadelphia Bulletin, writing 1,062 articles until the newspaper ceased operation in 2010. Bedein has covered breaking Middle East negotiations in Oslo, Ottawa, Shepherdstown, The Wye Plantation, Annapolis, Geneva, Nicosia, Washington, D.C., London, Bonn, and Vienna. Bedein has overseen investigative studies of the Palestinian Authority, the Expulsion Process from Gush Katif and Samaria, The Peres Center for Peace, Peace Now, The International Center for Economic Cooperation of Yossi Beilin, the ISM, Adalah, and the New Israel Fund.   Since 2005, Bedein has also served as Director of the Center for Near East Policy Research.   A focus of the center's investigations is The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). In that context, Bedein authored Roadblock to Peace: How the UN Perpetuates the Arab-Israeli Conflict - UNRWA Policies Reconsidered, which caps Bedein's 28 years of investigations of UNRWA. The Center for Near East Policy Research has been instrumental in reaching elected officials, decision makers and journalists, commissioning studies, reports, news stories and films. In 2009, the center began decided to produce short movies, in addition to monographs, to film every aspect of UNRWA education in a clear and cogent fashion.   The center has so far produced seven short documentary pieces n UNRWA which have received international acclaim and recognition, showing how which UNRWA promotes anti-Semitism and incitement to violence in their education'   In sum, Bedein has pioneered The UNRWA Reform Initiative, a strategy which calls for donor nations to insist on reasonable reforms of UNRWA. Bedein and his team of experts provide timely briefings to members to legislative bodies world wide, bringing the results of his investigations to donor nations, while demanding reforms based on transparency, refugee resettlement and the demand that terrorists be removed from the UNRWA schools and UNRWA payroll.   Bedein's work can be found at: and A new site,, will be launched very soon.