Deputy Knesset Speaker Carmel Shama (Likud) has decided not to join a delegation of Knesset members expected to visit Taiwan this week.China gets upset about -- wait for it -- the Deputy Speaker. What a shame. Sadly, Shama seems unaware that China is feeding Tehran's nuclear weapons program, sometimes using Taiwanese firms as a conduit. It's a cheap and profitable way for China to keep American attention focused on anything other than Asia. Does Shama actually believe that his refusal to visit Taiwan is going to change opinions in Beijing? Or that if he had gone, Beijing would have changed its policy toward Tehran's nuclear weapons program? All he did was feed the beast -- as we often say, behavior that is rewarded is repeated, and Shama's kowtow will simply result in more demands from China.
Shama explained that he had decided not to join the trip due to Chinese pressure. "After I was invited by the Taiwanese, the Knesset speaker appealed to me following messages conveyed by the Chinese. As the State of Israel needs China's help in curbing the Iranian nuclear program, I have decided not to join the delegation."
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