The God-Emperor Ascendant team makes it clear that Israel First will not be the Trump administration’s motto:
A senior member of President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team and a delegation of US Republican and European lawmakers canceled a briefing Thursday with Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely over a refusal to allow a Swedish far-right member of the group into the meeting, The Times of Israel has learned.
Becky Norton Dunlop, deputy to the senior adviser on Trump’s transition team for policy and personnel, is in Israel as part of the three-day Jerusalem Leaders Summit, a gathering of conservative parliamentarians from the US and Europe.
As one of the high-level briefings organized for the group, the delegation was due to meet Wednesday morning with Hotovely in the Knesset.
Just hours before the briefing, the group was informed that Kristina Winberg, a member of the European Parliament for the Sweden Democrats, would not be allowed to join.
In protest, the entire group, including Dunlop, decided to boycott the meeting with Hotovely, according to a representative for the group. A spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry said the decision to exclude Winberg was made due to her party’s far-right and ultra-nationalist positions.
Boycotting the meeting was the right move. The Trump team should also inform the Israeli foreign ministry that any future attempts to interfere with American foreign policy discussions will meet with future US abstentions from UN Security Council resolutions.
And Israel is certainly not paying sufficient attention to events in Sweden; they should be praying that the Sweden Democrats come to power in the next ten years and do everything possible to ensure that they do. If the Sweden Democrats don’t, the party that will eventually arise in its place will almost certainly make them look cute, cuddly, and tolerant by comparison.