Do the Deed and Just Concede

The world is facing historic facts. President Donald John Trump has never admitted defeats in his lifetime. He has never apologized for visible errors. Not before his presidency, never during, and absolutely never now. Unless……

Unless son-in-law Jared Kushner and First Lady Melanie Trump can convince him to concede and to face the facts that he refuses to acknowledge.

He will attempt, for example, to impose more sanctions on Iran before his 20 January 2121 presidency expires. According to Trump, he insists that his new sanctions on Iran cannot be over-turned by president-elect Biden. I fail to understand why not. As president, Biden should have the right to modify, nullify or implement changes on previous sanctions. And an attempt at restoring Iranian-American relations would not be a bad thing.

In the absence of Donald’s refusal to concede, his wife Melanie should take the first step as First Lady by offering her congratulations and good wishes to the new First Lady, Jill Biden. It would be a proper thing to do, in my opinion.

Bibi, on one hand (maybe on both hands), should not expect an invitation very soon to visit the new While House. His lack of courtesy in waiting to offer congratulations to Biden shows his lack of what the Germans call “menschlichkeit”, good manners. Bibi’s congratulation to Biden come at the tail-end of well-wishes from leaders across the entire world.

Perhaps Bibi thinks that delaying his “mazaltov, Joe” is showing loyalty to his defeated friend Trump.

It makes absolutely no sense. After 20 January 2021, Trump can no longer be of help to Israel and his suggestions to others on ways to continue help to us will be of little or no avail. Everything is now, and rightfully so, in the hands of the 46th American president, Joseph Biden.

Trump’s unwillingness to concede his legal defeat shows us once again the nature of the man who believes that God chose him to be the king of the world, or at least a new messiah. He is wrong on both accounts. God did not vote for Trump. Neither did most of God’s people.

Joe Biden is going to make significant changes once he takes his seat in the dis-infected Oval Office.

Trump’s mantra of “making America great again” was a foolish choice of words. To use the word “again” insinuates that America had lost its greatness and was required to be made great once again.

Foolish Donald never could understand that America was always great, is great and will continue to be great among the democracies of the world long before Trump and forever after Trump.

Bibi and Sara may re-visit Washington, DC in the near future, perhaps to deliver a speech at AIPAC but it is highly questionable if they will be invited to a meeting with America’s new president in the White House.

President-elect Biden will be much too busy establishing himself in his new home and busying himself with affairs of state to do much foreign travel at this time. And when he does begin his overseas visits I do not think that Jerusalem will be among the firsts on his long list of nations to visit.

“As you sow, so shall you reap” our Bible teaches us. Netanyahu has sown his oats in the wrong direction and the seeds have been blown away by the steady winds. Reaping will take much time.

The American embassy will remain in Jerusalem with a new ambassador. Golan Heights will continue to be recognized as legitimate Israeli territory. Under the Biden administration, the question of the legality of Israeli settlements in disputed Palestinian territory will be debated.

It is debated even by strong Israeli Zionists, myself included.

Joe Biden has been a loyal friend of Israel and has given it his support for more than 40 years of his political life. He has visited Israel many times and has great respect for Israeli culture and Jewish achievements.

Still, under a Biden presidency, it remains doubtful if there will be success in bringing the Palestinian Authority to a table “controlled” by the Likud and Netanyahu warlords.

One hundred years of vitriolic hatred does not dissipate with a change in political leadership. Pressure must begin with the electorate, citizens of both sides who yearn for a final peace agreement . It is a dream that will regrettably not be realized within my lifetime.

It’s a pity that we have no Democratic party in Israel. If we had, Netanyahu would be booted out on his rear end while Sara shouts “Nu? Concede ! Concede. I’m running out of lipstick and hair-spray”.

As for the events of the present moment, Trump should pay heed to the advice of Jared and Melanie.

Heed, heed, head and do the rightful deed. Concede ! And after 20 January 2021 rest in comfort and peace void of all political decisions.

Play golf. And who can tell?

Maybe God will reward Trump with a hole in one before he enters the hole of eternal memory. Maher. Yoter maher. Quick. Quicker.

Russia’s Vladimir Putin summed up such a situation realistically. He said, “It is humiliating. One must accept defeat with dignity”.

Ochen charosho. Very good. Unfortunately, dignity is not a word in the Trump vocabulary.

About the Author
Esor Ben-Sorek is a retired professor of Hebrew, Biblical literature & history of Israel. Conversant in 8 languages: Hebrew, Yiddish, English, French, German, Spanish, Polish & Dutch. Very proud of being an Israeli citizen. A follower of Trumpeldor & Jabotinsky & Begin.
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