Panic in the United States of America

No one seems to recall as much election panic in past years as is noted since the 3 November 2020 American elections.

The jolly question asked is “who did God vote for? Is God for Trump or for Biden”? The simple answer has to be that “God is for both. God is for all. All creatures and creation are His”.

Surprisingly, while the Jewish majority in Florida voted for Trump, the Jewish majority in New York voted for Biden. The rest of the Jewish votes in the remaining 48 states is unknown. Results by minority, religion, or color are very often not made public. As it should be. Voters are Americans and they vote as Americans, not as Jews or Blacks or any other group of citizens.

From all news reports thus far, elections of 2020 have born unhappy and impolite memories.

Donald Trump has never held his tongue in his attempts to “destroy” those who do not agree with him.

One question of concern to many Americans regards the life and health of Joe Biden. At age 77 he is the oldest candidate for the American presidency. Donald Trump trails behind him as a youthful 74-year-old.

There has been much concern over Biden’s mental health. He has shown several signs of dementia, even once referring to Donald Trump as George Bush.

And while Biden has never been and will never be the staunch and devoted friend to the State of Israel, if elected president he will do what in his opinion is best for Israel and for America. He may not love us but neither does he hate us.

A problem of concern to us is what will happen in the event of his death or dementia while in office.

If Kamala Harris, a brilliant politician, succeeds him, her attitude toward Israel is generally well known. And she has the support of anti-Israel Muslim members in the Democratic House of Representatives.

A glory day for Democrats in the USA will be a day of sorrow for the State of Israel. We will no longer be guaranteed of military and financial aid in the future as we have been in past and present.

And the American new-to-be-appointed representative in the United Nations will speak harsher words of us and warmer words of the unborn Palestinian state.

AIPAC, our strong supporter in the USA will lose much of its strength. And the White House doors may not always be as open to Israeli leaders as they have been in the past 72 years.

We, in Israel, will have to adjust our words and our actions with greater caution in order to avoid international condemnations, much led by a new USA under a prospective new Democrat president.These are difficult and uncertain times for both Americans and Israelis.

As I watch the news on the international networks, CNN in particular, I am uncomfortable with the commentaries and the uncertaincies being shelled out to the public. Every one has different views and different opinions.

I heard one commentator remark that this election may mark the death of America. Certainly that is a great and distasteful exaggeration. America has thrived under both of its major political parties and under the leadership of presidents of both parties.

Happily, Bernie Sanders did not succeed in becoming a candidate. A Jew who is a socialist and who learned about communism during his short stay on an Israeli kibbutz, and who honeymooned with his Catholic wife in the Soviet Union could have opened wide the gates of American anti-semitism akin to the Ku Klux Klan of post-civil war years.

Knowing America’s strength and its dynamic history of freedom, we Jews in Israel need not fear the protests in America. We would be wiser to concern ourselves with the protests here at home.

When the final election results are made known, I imagine that Bibi will sit himself down in the comfort of his Balfour salon, pen and paper in hand, to compose words of greeting and wishes of success to our strongest friend on the Potomac.

While protests and panic may continue for some time in our Knesset, I feel rather assured that there will be no panic in the Congress of the United States of America.

After all, its famous semi-anthem, “God Bless America, Land that I love”, was written by a Jew, Irving Berlin, and sung by all Americans of every creed, faith and color.

God has watched over and protected the United States since 1775. May He continue to do so forever !

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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