Is Trump good for Jews?
Many of Russian Jewish immigrants tell me that they support Trump because “Trump is good for Jews and for Israel.”
And in this article I am attempting to analyze the situation in America, Israel and the world to determine whether this assumption is correct or just wishful thinking.
While one cannot deny that antisemitism comes both from the left and from the right, one cannot compare (not yet) the university campus ill-informed, well-intended stupidity and the age-old hatred by Nazis, some Muslim groups (Farrakhan) and white supremacists.Anti-Semitic incidents surged nearly 60% in 2017. Trump’s rhetoric is causing sharp divisions in America. And as a result there is rising antisemitism in our country. And we all know that if a situation in our country worsens (the economy, for example) the Jews will always be blamed.
“A confluence of events in 2017 led to a surge in attacks on our community – from bomb threats, cemetery desecration, white supremacists marching in Charlottesville VA, and children harassing children at school,” said ADL CEO Jonathan A. Greenblatt in a statement. “These incidents came at a time when we saw a rising climate of incivility, the emboldening of hate groups and widening divisions in society.”
It’s the largest one-year jump in the nearly 40 years since the ADL began tracking such information. This jump is happening at the same time that the ADL is reporting a 250 percent rise in white-supremacist activity on America’s college campuses.
Although antisemitism is not new in the US and has been on the rise, we are used to our leaders condemning the antisemitic rhetoric, intolerance and hatred. President Trump failed to show leadership in the condemnation and, by his failure to do so, he normalized the antisemitic marches with torches (“Jews will not replace us”). In 2018 we now have several openly neo-Nazi candidates running for political offices. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/white-supremacists-running-for-office-2018_us_5a7da926e4b0c6726e1285c1
Bad Jews. Or maybe just bad people?
We are proud of those Jews who stand above the crowd – in science, literature, business, art, music, theater, politics, journalism, the military. But we are aware of those “bad Jews” through whose behavior we are being stereotyped, and with whom we are being associated.
“Trump has a tendency to surround himself with badly-behaving Jews. Trump’s Jews hew uncomfortably close to ugly stereotypes, from Cohen (Michael) to Elliott Broidy (From Wikipedia: American venture capitalist, Republican fundraiser, and philanthropist. From 2005 to 2008 he was finance chairman of the Republican National Committee. In 2017 he was named a deputy finance chairman of the RNC) to Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, with his slumlord deals and increasingly shady international reputation.
Giving Jewish lawyers a bad name. Take Michael Cohen, for instance, Trump’s lawyer and fixer whose evocative name dates back to the Jewish Biblical priesthood. Cohen allegedly paid porn star Stormy Daniels $130,000 to stay mum about her affair with the president. But last week, the FBI raided his office for evidence, a breach of attorney-client privilege that generally only happens in cases when a lawyer is strongly suspected of furthering crime or fraud. Then lawyers for the Southern District of New York determined that Cohen was doing “little to no legal work” –- not even much of a lawyer!
Stephen Miller and David Duke. Miller has been a shaping force behind signature policies like the “Muslim ban” and rounds out, along with chief strategist, Steve Bannon, the administration’s nationalist-populist wing. https://forward.com/fast-forward/363024/stephen-miller-is-david-dukes-favorite-jew/
Ironically, the Miller family would not have made it to the United States had someone like Stephen Miller been in the White House a century ago. Facing religious persecution, Miriam’s family—the Glossers—fled Belarus, arriving in New York in 1903. “Imagine living in a place where armed Cossacks ride through the streets, looking to cripple or kill you,” wrote Robert Jeschonek, in Long Live Glosser’s, a 2014 book about the family. https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/05/stephen-miller-duke-donald-trump
Obama and Trump with Israel.
Obama. Below the drama at the highest levels, it was also a moment of unprecedented cooperation, especially in military and intelligence affairs. The list of accomplishments were impressive: cooperating on Iron Dome, providing Israel with the best weapons, including the F-35 fighter aircraft, forging the 2016 agreement for Washington to provide $38 billion in security assistance over the next decade, which was the largest single pledge of American military assistance ever.
Trump. I get why many Israelis like Trump’s policies on Iran, the United Nations and Jerusalem, even if I disagree with some of them. But can they really be happy about the apparent tolerance for (if not blatant stoking of) white nationalism, especially its anti-Semitism? Or his assault on a free press and the rule of law? Moreover, if one of Israel’s greatest strategic assets is its relationship with the United States — and therefore, a strong United States is vital for a strong Israel — then it will not be better off with an American ally that is pessimistic, isolated and weaker in the world. http://foreignpolicy.com/2017/12/13/why-israel-should-be-worried-about-getting-into-bed-with-trump/
I agree with the author. I don’t want Israeli’s closest friend, the United States, to be hated and feared by the world…to be a pariah nation, an outcast like N. Korea, Iran, Russia or Syria. Do we really want Israel, the only democracy in the middle East to be friends with the mafia boss (Trump)?
Yes, Nikki Haley, UN ambassador for the United States, is much better for Israel than Susan Rice was during the Obama years. But even she now ran into a confrontation with the Trump White House because of Russian sanctions.
Americans first. Another very important thought. Are we Americans? First and foremost I believe we are. So that is where our loyalty should be…as Americans. We all love Israel and want it to be strong, safe and prosperous. But one cannot succeed without the other. As I stated above, healthy, democratic and strong America can help Israel. So total, unconditional support for Trump in Israel, no matter what Trump does, is not healthy.
Criticism among close friends is just fine. And it goes both ways. It is sad and disheartening to me that a majority of Israelis just loves this morally empty, self-absorbed, dishonest psychopath who managed to sour America’s relations with most of our allies…a person who is destroying our environment, is hostile to immigrants and adores Putin, America’s most dangerous enemy.
The economy. Many support the current President because of the state of our economy. But keep in mind, the economy did not accelerate during the Trump presidency. It was humming alone just fine before Trump. And the economy is basically moving sideways this year. Unemployment is low. For now.
This is important-for now. I want to remind people about the economy in Gemany during the first several years of Hitler’s rule: Hitler achieved notable economic and diplomatic successes during the first five years of his rule. Hitler substantially revived the economy. Unemployment, so pivotal in bringing him to power, had dropped from 6 million to less than 1 million between 1933 and 1937, this at a time when the US was still wallowing in the country’s Depression. National production and income doubled during the same period. This was partly owing to Hitler’s rearmament policy, but also to more benign forms of public spending. The world’s first major highway system, the autobahns, began snaking across the country, and there was talk of providing every citizen with a cheap, standardized automobile…the people’s car, or Volkswagen. https://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/europe/de-drittes-reich-economy.htm
State of Israel and our collective consciousness. Through the millenia Jewish people have always fought for human rights, for the oppressed and underprivileged. And it pains me that Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East, becomes cynical and egotistical toward morality and compassion that is the foundation of any Democracy.
And it is sad that people who came to America from the Soviet Union, who fled the dictatorial regime, are now supporting this president.
A President who called the free press the “enemy of the people”.
A President that praises dictators like Putin and Xi Jingping.
A President who is destroying our environment.
A President who mocks the disabled.
A pathological liar. Even Fox News accused Trump of constantly lying.
A Nazi sympathizer.
I think I can understand that many Jews deeply disliked Obama…some for his critique of Israel, some for his perceived liberal agenda and, let’s be honest, many hated Barack Hussein Obama for being “Muslim” and black. Some did not believe that Obama was born in the US. Obama also provided his birth certificate but that was not enough for his detractors like Trump.
Hating Obama for being black is pure racism and is not worth discussion. As far as being Muslim the same people that believed that Obama was a Muslim accused him of being associated with pastor, Jeremiah Wright. Besides, being Muslim is not a crime in our country.
And yet the same people have disregarded every outrageous thing Trump has said and done, every lie and outrageous remark. “The president is the very first symbol of American government that children comprehend. The president, especially in the modern era, comes into our homes — first by radio, then television, now through all sorts of electronic gadgetry — and so we think of him as part of our lives. And that’s why it’s so important for him to model proper behavior for us.” https://www.npr.org/2017/08/18/544523278/fathers-of-our-country-how-u-s-presidents-exercised-moral-leadership-in-crisis
Immigration. Let’s not forget that America is a country of immigrants. We all, except native Americans, are immigrants! And so is Israel! America and Israel, we are two of a kind. And it sounds a little hypocritical to me that some Jewish immigrants are now turning around and supporting the anti-immigration policies of Trump.
I hope that some of my compatriots from the former Soviet Union will try to analyze these facts and separate facts from fiction. We all came here with some old baggage and that sometimes clouds our judgement. But we need to agree that we all want the best for our new country, the United States, and Israel, the only Jewish country on the planet.