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Donald Trump is the right candidate on Israel and national security

I am friendly with Donald Trump’s son-in-law and daughter, Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump. They are both extremely fine people. Jared is a leading advisor to his father-in-law on Israel and is rock-solid on all matters pertaining to the Jewish state. He stems from a famously philanthropically Jewish family who are devoted in every way to the interests of the Jewish community.

I am in accordance with Mr. Trump on his strong position on issues of national security, fighting ISIS and terrorism, and tearing up the disastrous Iran nuclear deal which has already been breached by the Iranian government, making a mockery of the agreement. In addition, Iran continues to breach the1948 UN Anti-Genocide Convention, to which the United States is signatory, through repeated genocidal incitement against Israel, making a mockery of that agreement as well. Neither President Obama nor Secretary Clinton has ever held Iran accountable for their repeated threats to annihilate the Jewish state.

The Iranian government is a gang of outlaws to whom Hillary Clinton, with her constant bragging that she is the architect of the Iranian nuclear agreement, has given a pass. This should be of great concern to any supporter of Israel.

In addition, the pro-Israel community must be deeply concerned about Hillary Clinton’s incredibly close ties to her foremost advisor, Sidney Blumenthal, and his son Max, who also advises her on the Middle East and whom she has called “a mitzvah.” While the father is merely an arch-critic of Israel, the son is the foremost Israel hater in America, regularly comparing Israel to a Nazi State and the IDF – where my son Mendy serves bravely as an IDF combat soldier – to the SS. Max Blumenthal is an abomination to decency, and it is extremely troubling that Hillary Clinton has categorically refused to repudiate Sidney and Max Blumenthal as an advisors. Even the Obama Administration refused to hire Sidney Blumenthal due to his penchant for unbecoming political tricks.

For all those reasons and more, it is clear that Donald Trump is the right candidate for the Presidency over Hillary. What Hillary promises is more of the failed Obama foreign policy which has left the Middle East on fire and has emboldened our enemies around the world, not to mention America overlooking the genocide of both innocent Arabs in Syria as well as the genocide of Christians throughout the Middle East.

Donald Trump and I disagree on many issues, as is proper in any democracy deserving of the name. Most of all, I disagree with him on a ban on Muslim immigration into the United States. America has, and should never have, a religious litmus test. Indeed, I was extremely proud that at our annual International Champions of Jewish Values Awards Gala held one week ago by our organization The World Values Network at the Marriot Marquis, where Dr. Miriam and Sheldon Adelson served as hosts, we highlighted a Muslim family from Afghanistan whose lives we saved by extracting them from Afghanistan after they had saved a young Muslim woman from an honor killing. Fatima Kazimi, who ran a woman’s shelter in Bamian, came in person and publicly thanked both the Adelsons and our organization for saving her family’s lives.

America is a country built on immigrants, including my father and my grandparents.

But whatever my differences with Donald Trump, he is the right candidate to protect Israel, bolster the security of the United States, and hold terrorists accountable for their atrocities against innocent civilians around the world.

I thank Mr. Trump for his strong support of the Jewish state and for his long friendship with the Jewish community, culminating in his daughter obtaining an orthodox conversion to the Jewish faith which she and her children practice proudly and openly.

About the Author
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach is the founder of This World: The Values Network. He is the author of Judaism for Everyone and 30 other books, including his most recent, Kosher Lust. Follow him on Twitter@RabbiShmuley.