Will Israel trump my vote in November?

In about eight weeks I will have to take an important decision…… Biden or Trump. The choice of president is always important but this year it creates a real dilemma. Usually the decision is easy for me, generally believing that Republicans are better for the economy and concerned about the extreme left wing of the Democrats.

Those factors are still valid this year. Before Covid 19, the US economy was doing well and the extreme left wing is, inch by inch, taking more space in the Democratic Party. Israel is also a crucial factor in my political sensitivity, not only because I am Jewish and feel a profound love and attachment for the Jewish Homeland, but also because the strength of Israel prevents the Middle East from collapse to Iran and the general violent nature of the region. A collapsed Middle East would cause major risks to the US and the rest of the world.

So, if my vote will be influenced by the economy, my concern of the Democrat left wing and of my attachment to Israel, why would I even hesitate to vote for Trump ? I applaud Trump for moving our embassy to Israel’s Capital, for getting out of the dangerous JCPOA, for standing up against the excessive trade disequilibrium with China, steps against illegal immigration and other steps taken by the current US Administration. Trump has been important in making the relationship between the UAE and Israel official, and it is doubtful that Obama would have lifted a finger to achieve the same.

I believe Biden to be a decent person who would probably lead the country more from the center than from the left, but his best years are likely behind him and I would still be concerned by the influence the extreme left wing may have on him. So my choice should be easy, should it not ?

It is not ! Because I can not get over Trump’s impulsive narcissism. I really believe that Trump only cares about himself, that he is not a good person and that he does not have the minimum morality and ethics to lead our country. His borderline attacks on our democracy are not acceptable. I also believe that Trump totally failed in the Covid 19 crisis with a lack of leadership. Thousands might have been saved if Trump had set the example with a mask and social distance.

I am scared of Biden being pulled by his left wing and I am scared what Trump would do in a second mandate. Will whatever restraints he may have felt in his first 4 years disappear and will he become our own Putin ? How will the country pull out of the Covid-19 disaster ? How would Biden deal with Israel ? Would he give in to Iran ? So many questions and doubts and just another 8 weeks to make a choice.

About the Author
Born in the Netherlands, graduated from the Universite de Geneve and the Graduate Institute of International Studies, also in Geneva. Fluent in Dutch, French, English and Spanish, with some knowledge of German, as well as a bit of Ivrit. Spent my working career working in finance in Amsterdam, Paris, London, Geneva, Panama, Mexico and Miami. I am now semi-retired.
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