In Defense of Joseph Biden

The American president-elect has taken an historic and brave selection for the first time in 245 years

He has picked a woman, Michele Flournoy, to be America’s first Secretary of Defense, the first woman to serve in that Cabinet position in the history of the United States of America

Joseph Biden is starting out on the right foot. He has been brave to counter the bigoted past in American political history.

Ms. Flournoy has been heralded by leading staff officers in the American military as a brilliant undersecretary in the Defense department, familiar with process and procedure, and has been a long-time advocate of Israel’s security with the exception of the now defunct plan of annexation.

She has many years of experience working in the Pentagon and Biden’s choice of her is seen as an asset to his yet un-formed Cabinet selections.

Donald Trump has been so busy that he has been unable to find the correct words and the address of the president-elect in order to convey his congratulations for the big win. The concession is overdue !

This past election will be recorded in America’s history as the “election of national surprise”.

Our president, Reuven Rivlin, in his congratulatory remarks to Joseph Biden, extended to him a formal invitation to visit in Jerusalem. I think that at this precise time, foreign travel is the last thing on the Biden agenda.

Coronavirus and anticipated vaccines take precedence for him and rightly so. He made it a commitment at the top of his agenda and those who know him well honor him as a man who keeps his word.

He promised to bring qualified women into his government and to date he has been twice faithful to his word with Kamala Harris and now with Michele Flournoy. More power to him !

It is a certainty that Jill will not need to keep her eyes on Joe as much as Sara needs to keep hers on Bibi

There was a rumor that Biden might choose Bernie Sanders to be his Secretary of Labor. I hope he will not. America does not need a socialist pro-communist serving in a security position in its government.

We do not yet know Biden’s position on China or North Korea but trust that with good advice from wise counselors he will act properly and accordingly.

His position on the Middle East is well-known. He is a friend of Israel but a friend who is opposed to the settlements illegally established on land belonging to the Palestinians. Many of them can produce their deeds of land ownership issued to them by the former British Mandatory government in Palestine from 1918-1948. He is further opposed to Bibi’s earlier plan to annex the West Bank to greater Israel.

The election of Joseph Biden’s enormous victory over Donald Trump will make America closer in its friendship with member states of the United Nations and the European Union who despised the vulgarity and coarseness of so many Trumpian remarks, speeches and policies.

All eyes around the world are wondering what the Donald’s plans are for his future. While he thinks about re-running for the presidency again in the 2024 election he would be cautioned to change his plan. His mouth has been his worst enemy. Netanyahu should take a lesson from Trump’s defeat.

In defense of Joseph Biden’s selection for the first time in American history to choose a woman for the most important position in the Cabinet as Secretary of Defense, I congratulate him

It is the beginning of a new page in America’s 245 year old history.

We can hope for many more pages to be turned under the Biden presidency. Kol hakavod. Best of luck.

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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