Saturday, August 12, 2017

Israel Hearts Trump

While many American Jews are rushing to the barricades to fight against Donald Trump, a man they consider to be the reincarnation of Hitler, Israelis see things differently.

Christopher Ruddy, the CEO of Newsmax is hardly an objective observer. Yet, we have no reason to reject his take on the Israeli attitude toward Donald Trump. After all, it is consistent with the polls. And the polls don’t lie… do they? Besides, we know that Israelis despised Barack Obama, as did the Saudis, the Egyptians and other Sunni Arab nations.

Ruddy writes:

I just left Israel after meeting with top officials, media personalities, tech entrepreneurs, and many citizens from all walks of life.

The overwhelming view was that America was lucky to have a strong and resolute president like Donald Trump.

Israelis are well informed and especially clued in on U.S. media – many can catch CNN and Fox News on TV – and they expressed bafflement to me that the American media has been so hostile to President Trump.

For the Jewish state, Trump is a breath of fresh air. After eight years of Obama, who tilted U.S. policy toward Iran and gave Israel a cold shoulder, many are breathing a sigh of relief.
A recent Jerusalem Post poll found that 61 percent of Israel's Jews believe Trump is "pro-Israel" and a Pew survey of all nations found Israel to be the second strongest supporter of Trump, with 56 percent saying they had full confidence in him. 

Israelis even thought that Trump was more pro-Israeli than George W. Bush, another president that left thinking American Jews despise:

Senior Israeli officials I spoke with say President Trump has been the most supportive of any U.S. president in recent memory, including George W. Bush, who also was quite popular.

The Trump national security is considered to be strongly pro-Israeli:

One high-ranking Israeli official told me that the equation for Israel has changed because of three key Trump officials: Jared Kushner, the president's special adviser, Secretary of Defense James Mattis, and National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster.

Kushner, to whom the president has given the task of resolving the Arab-Israeli conflict, understands that Israel is the cornerstone of regional stability.

Previous administrations typically began their peace process by blaming Israel. Kushner took a different approach by affirming Israel as a U.S. ally.

Both Mattis and McMaster, the official said, grasp the strategic role Israel has played for U.S. security in the region and they have been stalwart in their support.

What do the Israelis see that others do not see? Ruddy explains:

Today, under Trump, ISIS is being crushed.

Qatar, a Gulf state that has "played both sides" but consistently helps fund the bad guys, including the Muslim Brotherhood, is being contained.

Trump is also taking Iran's role in sponsoring terrorism as a great threat to the region. Trump has been praised for being willing to tackle the Iranian problem as he is tackling North Korea.

Trump's outreach to Putin could be crucial in dealing with Iran and North Korea, one official said.


Ares Olympus said...

And besides, wasn't Trump the cutest little boy you've ever seen when he suggested he could lead peace in the middle east. Of course this was before the whole world discovered that health care was complicated. Who knew?!
“We want to create peace between Israel and the Palestinians. We will get it done,” Trump said. “We will be working so hard to get it done. I think there is a very good chance and I think we will.”

At a lunch later on, he was even bolder: “It is something that I think is frankly, maybe, not as difficult as people have thought over the years.”

Sam L. said...

This is another example of the saying, "Knowing that you'll be hanged in the morning concentrates the mind." Israelis are surrounded by enemies who have stated their intentions to destroy Israel, Israelis, and any other Jews that they can. Trump recognizes that.

Anonymous said...

I was 2 in 1948. Muslims call it Al Nakba, I think. The Catastrophe.

And every war, Uprising, & aggression since.

"Peace" is a chimera. Never happen. Impossible.

But WMDs are on the horizon. Muslims would not blanch if M's of their own died.

Mohammed (PBUH) and his minions exterminated the Jews of Arabia.

The 2 Kingdoms of Jerusalem each survived for a century.

Saladin (a Kurd) and his army destroyed the first. Mamelukes the second.

Napoleon's occupation lasted mere months.

I, philo-Jewish, am not optimistic. Sadly. -- Rich Lara