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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Bibi and Trump -- and democracy

The joint press conference by President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu was a throwback to my teen years a half-century ago, when presidents were proud to align themselves with the only democracy in Arabia.

Bibi told the press: "I've known the president and I've known his family and his team for a long time and there is no greater supporter of the Jewish people and the Jewish state than President Donald Trump."


But that's how things should be.

The United States is a beacon to the world providing an example for others to follow in their home nations, instead of coming here to tear it down.

Our nation should stand by those who wish to follow our lead.

Israel does.

"With this visit the United States, again, reaffirms our unbreakable bond with our cherished ally, Israel," Trump said. "The security challenges faced by Israel are enormous, including the threat of Iran's nuclear ambitions, which I've talked a lot about.

"One of the worst deals I've ever seen is the Iran deal. My administration has already imposed new sanctions on Iran, and I will do more to prevent Iran from ever developing -- I mean ever -- a nuclear weapon."

Trump publicly seeks an agreement between Israel and the Palestinians that comes from them, not from outsiders. One state? Two state? "I'm happy with the one they like the best," Trump said.

He also said, "Israelis are going to have to show some flexibility." And, "I think the Palestinians have to get rid of some of their hate. They're taught hate from a very young age."

That's an honest appraisal that hearkens to Golda Meir's observation, "We cannot forgive them for forcing us to kill their children. We will only have peace with the Arabs when they love their children more than they hate us."

Israel has been fighting its war for independence for 70 years now. The Palestinians refuse to acknowledge their right to exist, which greatly inhibits the possibilities for peace.

"There are two prerequisites for peace. First the Palestinians must recognize the Jewish state," he said. "Second, in any peace agreement, Israel must retain the overriding security control over the entire area west of the Jordan River,"

Trump has slowed his quest to move the embassy to Jerusalem. Likewise Trump asked Netanyahu to slow down on building "settlements."

The message to the world was clear. We are back to where we were under Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Reagan, and both Bushes.

That is the place to be.


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  1. I doubt the PLO and HAMAS will ever agree to stop hating and killing Israelis. It's too, too

  2. I wonder how many gentile German, French, Scandinavian, and Benelux refugees the State of Israel will take in when the Islamofascists establish the Eurabian caliphate in those former countries?

  3. Israel should have went ahead and annexed the West Bank when they annexed the Golan Heights. The Palestinians wouldn't have liked it but they would be over it by now. - Elric

    1. I don't think the Palestinians have a phrase for "over it by now". A thousand years of hate is a short time for them

    2. Well, I get what you're saying, and I agree- but actually you're talking about Arabs, since there is not now and never has been a state of "Palestine."

      Jews, on the other hand, have been around for about 4000 years. Muslims have been causing trouble for only 1400 years, though it seems longer ;-)

    3. Good point. I knew that but have become a bit lazy at the keyboard. From now on I’ll say Arabs who call themselves “Palestinians,” just like I always say Nazi collaborator George Soros. - Elric

  4. I'm still not sure some people understand...if Israel is destroyed, that's it. Game over. Judgment Day. Clearly, Mr. Trump understands. God bless Bibi and his chosen people.

  5. Anyone want to place bets on who is forced out of office first, Donald or Bibi? The way things are going against the two of them in the Deep States of America and in Israel, I wouldn't bet either one of them will still be around in 2 years.

    Remember the theme song from M.A.S.H.? It fits the current lunacy in DC and Jerusalem.

    "The sword of time will pierce our skin
    It doesn't hurt when it begins
    But as it works it's way on in
    The pain grows stronger, watch it burn

    "That suicide is painless
    It brings on many changes
    And I can take or leave it if I please"

    1. Dammit IA...we're winning. Grab a Budweiser or six and get happy!

  6. Trump gets an endorsement like that and most American Jews still wouldn't vote for him.

    1. Most American Jews are anti-Israel.

    2. Most American Jews are JINOs, Jews in Name Only. I should know. That describes my family perfectly.

  7. The last 8 years were an aberration in Israel-US relations. The return to normalcy is refreshing.