US asking Israel to eliminate China ties in sensitive areas

Commentary + News with a Twist

“Take Concrete Action,” “No more ‘polite’ deflection,” “Sever ties”

The headline in the Jerusalem Post read:

“US asking Israel to eliminate China ties in sensitive areas.”

There’s one word that stands out in that headline: “eliminate.”

Here’s the dictionary definition of “eliminate:”

“Completely remove,” “get rid of,” “terminate.” Interesting, but why, you might ask, am I writing about this? Have I become an amateur lexicographer? No, it’s actually more complex than any new hobby.

First, for those interested, here’s a link to the entire JPost article:

And here are the excerpts that caught my attention:

The Trump administration official said that Israel must be prepared to take concrete action to reduce its ties with China.

“I don’t think polite deflection will cut it anymore,” he stated. “This is a high priority for the US.”

Tie those excerpts to the key word in the headline – “eliminate.”

And tie all of that to this headline from the New York Times on May 17:

Chinese Ambassador Is Found Dead at Home in Israel

Chinese Ambassador to Israel, Du Wei

The Times went on to report:

Mr. Du’s stint in Israel put him in the middle of an increasingly tense dynamic that is creating friction between Israel and the United States.

Trump administration officials have repeatedly warned Israeli officials that intelligence sharing between the two close allies could be impaired or compromised over investments by China.

Hmm…interesting. Particularly given that Mr. Du’s death came just four days after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s impromptu trip to Israel during which he told the Israelis to reduce their ties to China, as outlined in the JPost article.

(I can’t confirm whether Pompeo’s trip would have come earlier but was delayed because he couldn’t find a State Department staffer to walk his dog).*

(*Please note: that was “News with a Twist.”)

Just to be clear, I’m not one of those conspiracy theorists you might see on Fox News. And, I’ve never, ever listened to Alex Jones. But, here’s the thing: Where’s Inspector Clouseau when you need him?

Just saying!

Published by Ted Block

Ted Block is a veteran “Mad Man,” having spent 45+ years in the advertising industry. During his career, he was media director of several advertising agencies, including Benton & Bowles in New York and Foote, Cone and Belding in San Francisco; account management director on clients as varied as Clorox, Levi’s and the California Raisin Advisory Board (yes, Ted was responsible for the California Dancing Raisins campaign); and regional director for Asia based in Tokyo for Foote, Cone where he was also the founding president of FCB’s Japanese operations. Ted holds a Bachelor’s degree in communications from Queens College and, before starting in advertising, served on active duty as an officer on USS McCloy (DE-1038) in the U.S. Navy. Besides writing Around the Block, Ted is also a guest columnist for the Palm Beach Post.

6 thoughts on “US asking Israel to eliminate China ties in sensitive areas

  1. Relative to your query “Where’s Inspector Clouseau when you need him?”, imagine Mr. Ponpeo will be saying “It’s not my dog.” 😉

    I do watch / listen to Alex Jones (and Rush, and Faux News) on occasion, initially for some comic relief, then to see what the great unwashed are hearing…until I get upset and throw things at the TV, or drive off the road…aaarrrgh!

    And BTW, instead of saying that they’re ‘drinking the Kool-Aid’, let’s change that to ‘Drinking the Lysol’

    What a country.


    1. Amen, Brother! Re: watching that right-wing drivel, all I can say is back a few years ago MSNBC had a great promotional tag line: “We watch Fox so you don’t have to.” Said it all!


  2. You might not be a conspiracy theorist,however with everything going on around us (the firing of the IG Linick, the investigation of the Saudi Arms deal,etc.) If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck, it is a duck!!!!


  3. sounds a little like Trump thinks Israel is the 51st state! it is one thing to ask an ally to consider certain aspects in a larger context and another to order an ally to do something…


    1. Trump’s “love” of Israel is, as you well know, simply a matter of political expediency. His evangelical base supports Israel, so he supports Israel. The cynicism is palpable. Israel isn’t his ally, the relationship is a means to end…re-election. So why wouldn’t he bully them like he bullies everyone else.


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