Wall Street Week 02/16/2024

In this edition of Wall Street Week, Lawrence H. Summers, the former Treasury Secretary & Wall Street Week contributor, tells us why he thinks there is a meaningful chance that the Fed's next move could be upwards. Lisa Erickson, US Bank Wealth Management Head of Public Markets Group (TK). Robert Steel, Perella Weinberg Vice Chairman, tells us about the budget challenges facing New York and other cities around the country, and Richard Haass, Centerview Partners Senior Counselor & Council on Foreign Relations President Emeritus tells us how foreign policy could affect the elections this year.

Pro-Hamas rioters attempt to force their way into pro-Israel congressman Rep. Mike Lawler’s office

SEE: https://www.jihadwatch.org/2024/02/pro-hamas-rioters-attempt-to-force-their-way-into-pro-israel-congressmans-office; republished below in full, unedited, for informational, educational, & research purposes:

SEE ALSO: https://nypost.com/2023/12/28/news/rep-mike-lawler-latest-lawmaker-to-have-office-vandalized-for-pro-israel-views/

This morning, a group of antisemitic protestors attempted to physically force themselves into my office. I won’t waver in my support for Israel, nor will I stop fighting to address antisemitism. We are grateful to the Capitol Police for their swift response in ensuring our safety. pic.twitter.com/jsw1JWpD1E

— Congressman Mike Lawler (@RepMikeLawler) February 15, 2024

Insurrection! But of course no one will be imprisoned, or even arrested. What would these leftist and Muslim thugs have done if they had managed to get into Lawler’s office and he had been inside? Beaten him bloody? Is there really any doubt?

Israel discovers six drones amid UNRWA donations entering Judea and Samaria this week

SEE: https://www.jihadwatch.org/2024/02/israel-discovers-six-drones-amid-unrwa-donations-entering-judea-and-samaria-this-week; republished below in full, unedited, for informational, educational, & research purposes:

UNRWA is actively aiding the “Palestinian” jihad, and must be shut down.

“i24NEWS Exclusive: Israel finds 6 drones amid UNRWA donations that entered the West Bank this week,” by Matthias Inbar, i24News, February 15, 2024:

UNRWA donations that entered the West Bank from Jordan through the Allenby Bridge earlier this week contained six military drones, i24NEWS’ military correspondent Matthias Inbar has learned from Israeli security sources.

The drones have been confiscated by Israeli security forces….

UN Relief Chief says ‘Hamas is not a terrorist group,’ while admitting UN won’t evacuate Palestinians to safe zones~DENIAL IS A WONDERFUL THING!

SEE: https://www.jihadwatch.org/2024/02/un-relief-chief-says-hamas-is-not-a-terrorist-group-while-admitting-un-wont-evacuate-palestinians-to-safe-zones; republished below in full, unedited, for informational, educational, & research purposes:

Oddly, UN Relief Chief Martin Griffiths not only admits that he does not consider Hamas to be a terrorist group, but he also admits that the Israelis did all it could, “to their credit,” to evacuate Gazans to a safe location. “Griffith did not mention the two hostages the IDF rescued from Rafah, proving that Hamas was carrying out their illegal activities within a heavily populated civilian area.”

It is an atrocity that Palestinian civilians in Rafah (and beyond) are intentionally left by the UN to get killed in Israel’s defensive war against Hamas; the UN actually blocks all efforts by Israel to evacuate them, stating that it “would not participate in the forced evacuation of Palestinian civilians into safe zones.” This implies that the UN is in partnership with Hamas in the use of human shields — a tactic used by Hamas that the UN has persistently refused to acknowledge. This exposes the deep level of propaganda against Israel, which is much too sinister for most to grasp. The killing of Palestinian civilians stirs emotions and turns people against Israel, even when Hamas deliberately places them, particularly children, in harm’s way. Neighboring Islamic countries have also refused to admit Palestinian refugees.

News of Griffiths’ admission should be on front pages everywhere in the mainstream media across the globe, but it isn’t, since support for Hamas and the obliteration of the Jewish state “from the River to the Sea” is more prevalent than most would care to either admit or accept.

‘Hamas is not a terrorist group,’ says UN Relief Chief Martin Griffiths,” by Danielle Greyman-Kennard, Jerusalem Post, February 15, 2024:

UN Relief Chief Martin Griffiths told a representative from Sky News on Wednesday that he did not consider Hamas to be a terrorist group.

Asked about the feasibility of Israel’s military goal to eliminate Hamas and disallow the terrorist group from having any governing say in Gaza, Griffiths responded “Hamas is not a terrorist group for us, as you know, it is a political movement." But, I think it is very very difficult to dislodge these groups without a negotiated solution; which includes their aspirations.

“I cannot think of an example offhand of a place where a victory through warfare has succeeded against a well-entrenched group, terrorist or otherwise.”

Speaking of Hamas’s October 7 attack, Griffiths said he had “total understanding” of the “trauma” it had caused Israel, but that Israel would need to build a relationship with its neighbors regardless.

Discussions on military operations in Rafah

Griffiths also claimed that the United Nations was struggling to get aid into Gaza and that Palestinians were nowhere safe to evacuate until now that Israel had begun operations in Rafah.

During the interview, Griffiths insisted that pondering whether Israel would operate in Rafah was an issue that kept him up at night.

Asked if he was in discussions with Israeli officials over the issue of operations in Rafah, Griffiths responded that Israel “to their credit” had daily discussions with UN officials on the issue and that Israeli officials had asked the UN to be involved in evacuating civilians to a safe location.

Griffiths affirmed that the United Nations would not participate in the forced evacuation of Palestinian civilians into safe zones….

Biden Protects ‘Palestinian’ Illegal Aliens From Deportation

SEE: https://www.jihadwatch.org/2024/02/biden-protects-palestinian-illegal-aliens-from-deportation; republished below in full, unedited, for informational, educational, & research purposes:

Terrorists are welcome.

Is there a major wave of terror in the Middle East? Are Hamas supporters marching through the streets of American cities while calling for Jihad? Sure, we can deport them, but instead Biden is protecting them from deportation.

Biden granted Palestinians in the United States temporary protection from deportation amid the ongoing conflict overseas, according to a new memo Wednesday.

The move comes as the White House faces immense pressure from the Arab-American community over the situation in Gaza.

Late last year, Democrats urged Biden to extend temporary protections to Palestinians in the US, arguing that those already in the country “should not be forced to return to the Palestinian territories, consistent with President Biden’s stated commitment to protecting Palestinian civilians.”

The president has discretion to authorize what’s known as deferred enforced departure, which protects those covered from removal from the US for a period of time. Those who qualify are also eligible for work permits.

This is a green light encouraging Arab Muslim settlers from the region to come to America. While the temporary protection from deportation is supposed to kick in only for those enemy aliens currently here, anyone who makes it across the border without being spotted can show up and claim that he was here all along.

The usual pro-terror lobby and its Democrat elected officials had been demanding TPS (Temporary Protected Status) for Arab Muslims operating in Judea and Samaria, Biden instead granted Deferred Enforced Departure (DED).

That’s the good news here. DED is arguably illegal, unlike TPS. It’s really similar to Obama’s DREAM amnesty. But the legal provisions for it are weaker and so accordingly DED recipients have a weaker case, but the pernicious thing about TPS is that it gets extended virtually endlessly. Some countries have had TPS status for decades, making for an illegal alien population that just moved here and will never leave.

The bad news about DED is that it can also be extended. While the DED status for the Pallies is currently at 18 months, that can be renewed and there will be pressure to renew it. For example, Liberia’s status has been under DED since 2007. At some point DED may transition to TPS and we’ll have an even larger domestic terrorist population.