Esor Ben-Sorek

Trump’s “Great Day”

Obscene and disgraceful are insignificant words to describe the insanity of Netanyahu’s “best friend” in Washington.

When President Trump announced his one-sided decision, against all of his military and political advice, to withdraw all American troops from Syria, he opened the door wide to revolting massacres by hungry Turks thirsting for Kurdish blood.

After much condemnation of his acts by members of both political parties, including his own advisors, he sent his Secretary of State, Pompeo, to Ankara to broker a cease-fire deal between the Turks and the Kurds.

Both groups agreed to the proposed cease-fire and the American president thumbed his nose at all his critics and declared “this is a great day for civilization”.

Forty-eight hours had not passed before the Turks resumed the war with airstrikes hitting Kurdish safe-zones, striking at hospitals, and killing several hundred Kurdish civilians. This was Trump’s “great day” !!

Amnesty International has condemned Turkey for committing war crimes and Turkey will soon appear before an international court of justice. But it will do nothing to compensate for the killing, the mass slaughter, of completely innocent men, women and children who are Kurds.

I have stated several times earlier that Israel must learn from this tragedy. We can not rely on American aid under the present administration in the White House. The president had his “meltdown” a few days ago in meeting with representatives of the Democratic and Republican parties and their leaders.

Shouting, name-calling, accusations, defamation and sheer obscenity from Trump caused all those present to stand up and walk out of the meeting in a visible and unanimous protest against him.

354 members out of the 400 in Congress condemned president Trump’s withdrawal of American troops, citing the disaster it would cause. Even his strongest supporter, Senator Lindsey Graham, stated that this was Trump’s worst act, his greatest disaster. And in view of the 2020 elections it will cost the Republican party dearly.

Clearly the American president has shown his true colors… an unreliable “friend”. Referring to the Kurdish allies fighting on the American side, Trump declared “the Kurds are no angels. It’s not our war.”

Israel may have a newer government in the coming days. Hopefully with a new leader and supportive members of our Knesset, decisions may be made regarding medical and food aid to the Kurds in Syria, as well as to thinking twice…and then thrice times twice… before signing any agreements with Washington.

Trump had it all wrong. His “great day for civilization” should have referred to his intention of stepping out of the Oval office in order to avoid a possible impeachment… something he could not live with.

He excels as a businessman but he fails as a president and a world leader.

Historians will write of his shames and disgraces while he, on the other hand, will write in his legacy that he was a great statesman like Abraham Lincoln and that he was loved and admired by the people of the world and, of course, hailed as a great hero by the American people.

Bibi’s “best friend” has remained silent about our prime minister’s election failure. “I don’t interfere in the governments of other nations”, he says. (Of course, forgetting his Ukraine phone calls) !

How much longer can we continue to depend upon a sick-minded ally who proposes the “deal of the century” peace plan which neither the Palestinians nor the Israelis can accept?

A man who hires advisors, aides, generals, and praises them to the heavens one day and fires them shortly thereafter and criticizes them publicly for “failure”, is an unstable man.

We have enough of our own instability in Israel. We need not add America’s to our own heavy burden.

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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