Opinion – Theresa May’s criticism of John Kerry Israel speech sparks blunt US reply | Politics | The Guardian

The left-leaning Guardian reports that the US State department voiced surprise after UK PM’s spokesman says US secretary of state’s comments on settlements were ‘inappropriate’.

Source: Theresa May’s criticism of John Kerry Israel speech sparks blunt US reply | Politics | The Guardian

The Guardian cites the state department: “We are grateful for the strongly supportive statements in response to Secretary Kerry’s speech from across the world, including Germany, France, Canada, Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and others.”

Well done Theresa May for highlighting the weakness in the Kerry statement and standing proud. She is also offering a friendly olive branch to the the incoming US administration of Donald Trump.

Historians should note that for eight years Obama has undermined the historical special relationship between the UK and the US. Obama knew best – pivot US foreign policy towards Asia and bring the US troops home, never mind the geopolitical consequences. The evidence is clear – Obama’s foreign policy, with ineffective foreign secretaries in Clinton and Kerry, has been a series of disasters. Is it surprising that terrorism has proliferated on Obama’s watch?

5 wealthiest Gulf Nations have refused to take a single Syrian refugee | Daily Mail Online

Arab states of the Persian Gulf. Arab Gulf Sta...

Arab states of the Persian Gulf. Arab Gulf States. ‪Norsk (bokmål)‬: De arabiske golfstater. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

According to this article in the Daily Mail, as debate rages between politicians in Europe over how many they should take, nearby super-wealthy Gulf nations of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Qatar, Kuwait and Bahrain have refused to offer sanctuary to a single Syrian refugee.

Source: 5 wealthiest Gulf Nations have refused to take a single Syrian refugee | Daily Mail Online

After the US, the UK is the largest donor to Syria according to the Mail.

The article points to the billions of Dollars spent on on defense budgets, yet these countries are not prepared to take any refugees.

Presumably, Western governments are wary of political pressure to the five wealthy Gulf states over refugees?

Thoughts?