For all fairness, we should be grateful to the 45th US President for a limited number of contributions. They should not be used to deny his disastrous rule, his collusion with the far-right, racists, bigots, neglecting the pandemic to bring more money to the super-rich causing 600,000 US unnecessary deaths, his betrayal of the Kurds, Paris accords, and so on.
Trump got the war against Israel out of its impasse because it takes a con artist to outsmart con artists. We saw the same in the time of Peres and Rabin. They were played by Arafat for fools. It took a Sharon to stop this. (Who then continued to fool Israelis. Honest brokers are still to be preferred.) It is therefore understandable that Trump will flee to Israel.
His support for Israel, though, should not be exaggerated. His peace deal included a Palestinian State on the West Bank. Who needs Gaza and Hezbollah with such a new entity? He stopped further Jewish settling on the West Bank and any autonomy attempt. And he did not give Israel the bombs the US has that we could use to obliterate Iran’s nuclear weapons built under mountains. And he didn’t release Jonathan Pollard and his deadly sick wife to Israel though it would’ve cost him nothing. And more.
(Do read Trump apologists to remind you of everything they leave out, from abandoning trans-soldiers to the Kurds to the Muslims in China.)
BTW: It’s ridiculous to assume that Trump did this because he likes the Jews. He likes Jews like he likes fast foods. They give him a good feeling. Jews have always been loyal servants and teachers to him and it gave him the Evangelical vote. It’s been self-interest all the way. Which doesn’t mean we shouldn’t say thank you. But within measure, please.
NB: I resent the self-righteous democrats who won’t support the Jewish State but then blame it for taking support from reactionaries like Trump.
No one demonstrated better the great value of a free press, listening to scientists, rejecting bigotry. On top of that, the need to ban hate speech from the Internet.
And let us never forget that the #MeToo and Black Lives Matter movements only exploded to world-wide fame under Trump (I grab them by the p**sy, Epstein, very fine people on both sides, Floyd).
Also, his total neglect of climate disasters (floods, hurricanes, wildfires) made clear to most USrs that we have no time to lose.
His tax breaks for the super-rich that depleted US coffers for a decade cemented triple Democratic rule as no Republican could have done.
All in all, good riddance. But let’s not forget the forces of Good that emerged from his disastrous reign. Either because he outsmarted some other evil players (but was completely fooled by the dictators of Russia, China, and North Korea), or because he showed us all what’s (his) evil.
May we, from now on, only merit to witness going from strength to strength for the good of everyone.
Alas, it isn’t certain at all that Trump will concede his gigantic loss (White House and Senate). Legally, he can’t be forced (see the below clips). This confirms my earlier intuition that the US Constitution needs an update.
It ain’t over ’till it’s over:
But remember this: Bullies are mere pretending cowards. Just intimidate them back, call their bluff. He’ll run, as if he never had any bone spurs.
But below you have a ‘specialist’ talking the voice of reason to the most bully US president ever, pleading for ‘reasonableness.’ He does not understand abusers. They don’t follow reason. Reason alarms them.
Abusers you only confront when you can corner them. When they have a way out, you don’t. You just try to leave safely. Hope for the best AND prepare for the worst because of it. Whether Trump won OR lost, Neo-Nazis will feel emboldened to act up and better stay out of their way.
Last but not least, today is not only US election day for the 46th president and for control of the Senate, it also the 26th anniversary of Reb Shlomo Carlebach’s passing. Twenty-six is the numerical value of Hashem and also of twice the word in Hebrew for love (be’ahavah).
Reb Shlomo didn’t like the lying that goes on in politics: He’s lying to the other who’s also lying. They both know the other’s lying, and everyone knows it, and still, they continue. But he also said that politics is like flying: a bird needs both wings to take off.
A friend of mine once asked Reb Shlomo before an election what he was going to vote. He said (I translate from Hebrew): I’m like the Holy One, “Who votes for/prefers musical chansons” (a morning prayers’ quote).
- Ariel Sharon
- Black Lives Matter
- Christian Zionism
- Climate Change
- Donald Trump
- Gaza Disengagement
- Israel-US Relations
- Jonathan Pollard
- Media Bias
- Palestinian Authority
- Palestinian Statehood
- Peace to Prosperity
- Race Relations
- Sexual Abuse
- Shimon Peres
- Shlomo Carlebach
- Social Media
- The Kurds
- Trump Peace Plan
- US Presidential Elections 2020
- Yitzhak Rabin