The Republican cronies who advocated the “Dump Trump” and the “Never Trump” segments of their party must be very disappointed tonight. Trump was not dumped. Instead, he has been nominated officially as the Republican candidate for the President of the United States.
Someone asked me if I thought he would be a good President if elected. “Lo navi anochi v’lo ben navi”. These were the words that our prophet Amos proclaimed to the High Priest Amatzia. “I am not a prophet nor the son of a prophet”. In other words, I cannot guess about something before it happens.
If he wins the presidency over Hillary Clinton, the one thing I can feel sure of is that Donald Trump would be a much better president than Barak Hussein Obama. The sitting American president is a brilliant orator but a do-nothing head of State.
Trump’s popularity among millions of Americans is not based upon his ability to speak. It is more a protest against the current Democratic administration.
I have listened to Donald Trump’s remarks on CNN and frankly, many of them frighten me. He is without doubt a rascist blaming Mexican illegal immigrants for all the ills of American society and proposing to banish all Muslims from the entry gates to America. I am sympathetic to that proposal but do not support his anti-Mexican harassing speeches.
His manner of addressing the crowds in a boisterous and arrogant tone, mesmerizing the millions who cheer him, are reminiscent of the last days of the Weimar Republic when a little corporal became Chancellor of all Germany to the cheers and votes of the majority of the German people. All that is missing for the moment is the “sieg heil”, and with it or without it, I fear for America.
On the other hand, he has always been a staunch supporter of the State of Israel and appears to oppose a Palestinian state. He is definitely friendly to Jews.
One of his daughters was converted to Judaism by a very well-loved prominent Modern Orthodox Rabbi, Haskell Lookstein of New York City. She is observant, with her husband Jared, of Jewish religious laws and has given to her father two lovely Jewish grandchildren.
No matter what his critics may think of and say about him, Donald Trump is an American success and has made billions of dollars in real estate. With his financial expertise it is a surety that he will put America back on the right fiscal track.
Although he has no political experience and absolutely no historical knowledge of the Middle East, he will be surrounded with capable personnel who will advise him and guide him in making right decisions.
The one positive thing I can say, as an Israeli, about President Obama is that he has provided us in Israel with more military aid than any other American president before him. I think less out of love for Israel and more for real-politik, but for whatever his reasons, he has been a great help in assuring Israel of military supremacy in our part of the world. For that, we must be ever grateful to him.
Whether Trump, if elected to the White House, will continue in that vein remains an unknown. It is said that he intends to cut foreign aid but no decision can be made a priori to his election… if it is to be.
Germany has its Angela Merkel and Great Britain had its Margaret Thatcher. We Israelis had our Golda Meier, although in a different capacity. I have no doubt that women can be effective political leaders.
Listening to Hillary Clinton avoid questions relating to her role as Secretary of State during the attack on the American diplomatic mission in Benghazi and her denial of committing security violations on her personal internet service paints, for me, a picture of an irresponsible and untruthful individual.
One Clinton in the White House was a national scandal. Two Clintons can be an abomination.
In November, the American people will exercise their constitutional right and privilege to go to the polls and cast their ballots for the candidate of their preference. We have no right to interfere in American elections.
Who the winner will be will be made known only after the polls close on November 8. But for the present moment, Donald Trump has not been dumped. He will be a formidable fighter for the keys to the Oval Office.