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Ex-Israeli ambassador advises Biden against re-entering the Iran nuclear deal



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Ex-Israeli ambassador and World Likud chairman Danny Danon joined Fox News host Eric Shawn Sunday to encourage the Biden administration to continue the peace initiatives created by President Donald Trump in the Middle East.

“Great things happened in 2020 and we are grateful for President Trump for his leadership – moving the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and pushing the peace initiative in the region,” Danon said.

Danon noted how he has experienced the strengthened relationships between Israel and the Arab states firsthand.

“I flew to Dubai a few years ago and it was a very sensitive visit. Today, you have 14 flights a week from Tel Aviv to Dubai so we see the fruits of peace already and we are excited about it,” he said. “It’s peace among the people, not only among the leaders.”

Danon said he hopes the new administration will “continue the momentum” created by President Trump and not re-enter the Iran nuclear deal agreement.

“I hope the President-elect will continue with the momentum because it’s good not only for Israel and not only for the modern Arab country, it’s good for the U.S.”

“We have to work together,” he continued. “I would advise the new administration: first thing, not Iran and negotiations with Iranians, on the contrary, first speak with the US allies to speak with them about their concerns, about their approach to Iran, and then think what to do. I think that would be the wisest thing to do.”

Biden has expressed plans on rejoining the Iran nuclear deal once he takes office.

Danon advised against rejoining the deal, and instead proposed the Biden administration “not to listen to the Iranians, to apply more sanctions and not to try to appease them.”

“When you try to appease them, they take advantage of it and I think it will be bad for the U.S. to play that game.”

Danon said he would “recommend the new administration to apply more pressure, to work with the allies in the region, and if the Iranians would be willing to change the agreement which I doubt it, you can speak about it,” he said.

“But you don’t run immediately and hug them and give them what they want.”

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The Looming National Debt Crisis: The Uncomfortable Truth No One Wants to Discuss



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As Republican candidates gather for a debate, the skeleton in the closet remains the ballooning national debt, a subject that’s largely been relegated to the shadows of political discourse.

While the candidates may briefly touch upon the issue and offer surface-level solutions, the uncomfortable truth is that addressing the national debt’s growing burden would require difficult, unpopular choices. Candidates find themselves in a precarious position, tasked with both solving the problem and securing votes, all within the constraints of a 90-second debate response.

Since surpassing the $33 trillion debt threshold, the United States has been accruing over $800 million in new debt every hour, adding more than $2 billion daily in interest payments. The most recent debt ceiling bill has suspended any cap on this debt until January 2025, casting a long shadow over the nation’s future freedom and prosperity.

Democrats have occasionally pointed to the “Trump Tax Cuts” as a driver of the deficit. However, the tax cuts did stimulate economic growth and resulted in record-high Treasury revenues, albeit without corresponding spending cuts.

One feasible solution begins with fixing the federal budget process, though it is by no means an easy task. Nonetheless, it would substantially rein in Congress’s control over the spending pie chart. A recent Heritage study revealed that only 10 percent of the $7.5 trillion in COVID-related spending actually went to healthcare. The remaining 90 percent, charged as overhead and other expenses, underscores the need for significant reform.

According to reports from Fox News, while the discretionary budget, including debt interest payments and defense spending, constitutes less than 25 percent of overall expenditures and continues to shrink, the true driver of federal deficits lies in mandatory, programmatic spending. These are expenditures Congress does not address annually but continues unabated.

Furthermore, they encompass popular transfer programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, student loans, and healthcare initiatives like Obamacare, among countless others. Altering these programs involves a political third rail, a risk few presidential candidates are willing to take.

Mandatory, programmatic expenditures are perpetual and don’t undergo annual scrutiny or adjustment. There is virtually no constituency for tackling these fundamental issues, despite their role as the primary drivers of the nation’s fiscal challenges.

Many citizens believe that trimming discretionary spending, such as congressional salaries or foreign aid, or rooting out “waste, fraud, and abuse,” can resolve the debt problem. While these are valid concerns, the real target for reform should be mandatory, programmatic spending to ensure the sustainability of essential programs.

The Republican candidates vying for the nomination face a daunting question: Who among them possesses the courage and leadership to make the unpopular decisions necessary to restore fiscal responsibility to the nation’s future?

On the other side of the aisle, Democrats seem unlikely to embrace responsible spending as part of their agenda, leaving the issue largely unaddressed in their political DNA.

In a political landscape dominated by divisive issues and partisan debates, the national debt looms as the silent crisis that few are willing to confront.

The path to fiscal responsibility requires acknowledging the harsh reality that popular programs must also be on the table for reform. Only then can America hope to secure a stable financial future for its citizens.

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