Trump’s Jewish mirror

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This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page.

With Hillary Clinton’s victories in Tuesday’s primaries, her nomination is all but assured. She may self-destruct, always a possibility in the Clinton’s imperial universe, but the likelihood now is that in the general election, Hillary will face off against another imperial candidate, Donald Trump.

This makes the progressive Jewish establishment’s treatment of Clinton and Trump of interest. Clinton is obviously and proudly in the palm of the Jewish establishment’s hands, as was her husband. Trump is an outlier in many, mostly racist ways, and a relative unknown in his views on Israel.

Thus the Reform Movement’s response to AIPAC’s invitation of Donald Trump a few days ago is a bellwether of how the Jewish establishment views Trump’s candidacy and perhaps, as importantly, how it views itself.

The Reform Movement’s condemnation of Trump’s racism is expected. The important element is how this condemnation is framed.

Though the Reform Movement has been cautiously liberal with regard to Israel over the last decades, calling for two-state solution and the protection of Palestinian human rights, their response to AIPAC’s invitation to Trump begins ominously with a nod to their close relationship with AIPAC:

The Reform Jewish Movement has always worked very closely with AIPAC. We respect completely its decision to invite all the viable candidates for president to speak at its upcoming Policy Conference. By inviting the candidates to speak, AIPAC does not support or oppose their candidacies, nor does it condone or commend their policies. AIPAC has, as it must, a singular focus: the U.S./Israel relationship. AIPAC’s intent – and its responsibility – is to better understand the candidates’ views on issues that impact the U.S./Israel relationship.

In this boastful but revealing opening, AIPAC is treated as a neutral think-tank, rather than an arch-conservative enabler of the destruction of Palestine. Is the Reform Movement, thinking strategically, placing its opening statement in the affirmative to get down to business later? Or is the Reform Movement, despite its rhetoric, essentially in bed with AIPAC?

The statement continues with a strong condemnation of Trump:

At every turn, Mr. Trump has chosen to take the low road, sowing seeds of hatred and division in our body politic.

Mr. Trump’s extreme anti-immigrant rhetoric reminds us that our own ancestors’ access to American shores of freedom and promise were once blocked, with deadly consequences. When he speaks hatefully of Mexicans or Muslims, for example, we recall a time when anti-Semitism put Jews at deathly danger, even in the United States. We cannot remain silent, for we have been commanded to “remember the heart of the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.”

His approach to immigration, his proposal to ban Muslims from entering our country, his comments speaking favorably about the use of torture, and his general demeanor of disrespect for the office he now seeks are all anathema to our fundamental values. The values we hold most dear – justice, mercy, compassion, peace – are altogether absent from Mr. Trump’s statements.

The great sage Rabbi Hillel offered us guidance centuries ago, saying, “Do not do unto others what you would not want done to you.” Jewish history is replete with times when political leaders, both at home and abroad, demonized the Jewish community much as Mr. Trump now demonizes Muslims, Hispanics, and African-Americans. We, the leadership of the Reform Jewish Movement, believe we must speak up against such hate speech.

As a religious movement, we do not endorse or oppose any candidates – and we do not do so now. We have often listened to and, more importantly, engaged with candidates and officeholders whose views sharply differ from our own; such interactions are the essence of our political system. But Mr. Trump is not simply another candidate. In his words and actions, he makes clear that he is engaging in a new form of political discourse, and so the response to his candidacy demands a new approach, as well.

The statement ends with the desire to engage Trump on AIPAC’s and, by extension, the Reform Movement’s turf:

The Reform Movement and our leaders will engage with Mr. Trump at the AIPAC Policy Conference in a way that affirms our nation’s democracy and our most cherished Jewish values. We will find an appropriate and powerful way to make our voices heard.

“Our nation’s democracy.” “Our most cherished Jewish values.” Strong words, true, but the innocence, the naiveté is telling. As Israel and the Jewish establishment dwell in the abyss of injustice, causing and enabling the ghettoization of the Palestinian people – with rhetoric and policies that mirror Trump’s message – can the Reform Movement work with AIPAC, call out Trump and keep a straight face?

Instead of trumpeting its close relationship with AIPAC as an American and Jewish badge of honor, the Reform Movement should have engaged in a process of critical self-reflection. Instead of condemning Trump, it should have paused and drawn the parallels between Trump, the Jewish establishment and Israel’s rhetoric and policies toward Palestinians.

To see our Jewish refection in Donald Trump’s narcissistic mirror is frightening and important. Instead of pointing our finger outward toward others, it is way past time to see Trump’s finger pointing back at us.

About Marc H. Ellis

Marc H. Ellis is retired Director and Professor of Jewish Studies at Baylor University and author of The Heartbeat of the Prophetic which can be found at Amazon and www.newdiasporabooks.com

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  1. Kay24
    March 16, 2016, 11:59 am

    Trump is making the first step to walk away from his “neutral” stance on the I/P issue.

    Ultimately, they all realize that they need the Israeli lobby to win, have support in the media, and
    in most cases, funding. It is really unfortunate that the politicians in the world greatest democratic nation, is so beholden to, and controlled by, Israel.

    • Sibiriak
      March 16, 2016, 12:15 pm

      Kay24: the world greatest democratic nation, is so beholden to, and controlled by, Israel
      ————

      And what’s really amazing is that such a tiny little country as Israel, with such a tiny population and such tiny financial resources, even if combined with such a tiny U.S. Jewish population, can so radically control such a colossally wealthy, colossally powerful, and colossally hegemonic ultra-superpower as the U.S.A. Truly amazing! Almost beyond explanation. Maybe even supernatural.

      • kalithea
        March 16, 2016, 10:00 pm

        Not really beyond explanation; a lot of wealthy Zionists are in the top 1% gatekeeping and shilling for Israel in finance, media and government not to mention the influence of the Lobby and its vast network of think tanks and agencies.

      • Sibiriak
        March 16, 2016, 10:49 pm

        Kalithea: Not really beyond explanation; a lot of wealthy Zionists are in the top 1%
        ———–

        But that’s exactly what needs to be explained: why there are so many non-Jewish Zionists in the top 1%, not to mention the top 10%, 20%, etc.

        If Zionism was really seen by the U.S. elite as against their interests, surely they have plenty of money– tons of money!– they could spend to counter such a threat. Elites go to no end to fight for their interests; history proves that in spades. Why are they not fighting Zionism tooth and nail, if it is against their interests?

        Pointing out that a small portion of the 1% are Jewish Zionists doesn’t at all explain the pro-Zionism of the rest of the 1%.
        ——————–

        not to mention the influence of the Lobby and its vast network of think tanks and agencies.

        True. The Lobby is powerful. But if Zionism were really perceived as against U.S. interests, why wouldn’t a powerful, well-funded, elite-supported anti-Zionist lobby have appeared long ago to compete with it?

        Surely money isn’t the reason: Israeli financial power is relatively miniscule, and Jewish wealth, however disproportionate to the tiny number of Jews in the U.S., is still vastly overwhelmed by non-Jewish wealth.

      • Keith
        March 17, 2016, 3:39 pm

        SIBIRIAK- “But that’s exactly what needs to be explained: why there are so many non-Jewish Zionists in the top 1%, not to mention the top 10%, 20%, etc.”

        Are there? The visible lack of anti-Zionist sentiments does not equate to a pro-Zionist attitude. For the less organized Gentile fat-cats, it is easy to go along in order to get along with their hyper-organized and committed Jewish Zionists elites. Particularly in view of the strong pro-Israel bias in the media. I have linked to an article about top billionaires for Israel. Of the twenty mentioned, only two appear to be non-Jews. And since Israel and the US are both hyper-militarized warfare states, there is a lot of shared interests, however, to categorize an accommodation to power when one’s financial interests are not directly threatened as fulsome support for Zionism is a bit of a stretch.

        Top twenty billionaires for Israel- http://www.breakingisraelnews.com/52318/exclusive-americas-top-20-richest-pro-israel-zionaires-technology-and-business/#bRFUHaItgUxl0WY8.97

    • Sibiriak
      March 16, 2016, 12:24 pm

      Trump declared quite a while ago 100% support for moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem.

      Hardly a “neutral stance”.

    • hophmi
      March 16, 2016, 1:03 pm

      Right, Trump needs more media coverage, and the coverage that he does get is because of Israel. Got it.

      • K Renner
        March 16, 2016, 4:08 pm

        Lose your perpetual victim, “perpetually persecuted” attitude. I understand that you are little more then a muppet for hasbara, but the kind of whining that I’m addressing just makes you look even more pathetic.

    • Emory Riddle
      March 16, 2016, 2:31 pm

      Trump has gotten to where he is despite the best efforts by The Lobby to stop him.

      He does not need them. In fact, it is to his advantage to keep pounding on the special interests that he notes control the other candidates.

      • echinococcus
        March 16, 2016, 4:22 pm

        He knows that his advantage is in appearing independent from all. We may have some beautiful moments at his AIPAC address if they let him.

      • Kay24
        March 16, 2016, 9:01 pm

        Ideally he should reject the Israeli lobbies, and do the nation a big favor and take this opportunity to cut the parasites from our political system. It will never happen though.

  2. Steve Grover
    March 16, 2016, 12:44 pm

    First, if my kids went to Baylor and had any class in Jewish Studies while Ellis was running the show, I’d sue the University and Ellis for stealing my money.

    Second, Reform Jews are pro Israel and will continue to be. Only the brainwashed at Tzedek Chicago aren’t. Maybe you and your pal Brant Rosen could erect a life sized mounted photo of Trump and smear Sabra Hummus all over it?

    • Mooser
      March 16, 2016, 1:52 pm

      “Second, Reform Jews are pro Israel and will continue to be.”

      Oh, I’ve always found Reform Jews are about as “pro Israel” as they are observant.
      What do you think Reform Judaism will do for Israel?

      • Steve Grover
        March 16, 2016, 2:25 pm

        Mooser,
        I don’t know where you live. I don’t know when the last time you stepped into a reformed Synagogue. Where I live there are several reform Synagogues. All have a very large of numbers of members. As a matter of fact Stand With Us recently held an event at one of these reformed Synagogues where 4 BDSholes showed up to interrupt and were tossed out.
        You might define a reformed Jew as someone who avoids religion at all costs. Even people who do that want their kids to become a Bar or Bat Mitzvah and join one of these reformed and pro-Israel synagogues.
        L’Chaim to the reformed Jews.

      • Mooser
        March 16, 2016, 3:04 pm

        Thanks for answering my question. The answer is, not much, except pretend they are machers

        And thanks for informing us about the position of Judaism within the hierarchy of Zionism.

    • Danaa
      March 16, 2016, 3:30 pm

      If Reform jews support a state as brutal, oppressively criminal, corrupt, xenophobic and racist as israel, what exactly does it say about their “jewish” values?

      I kind of agree with Ellis here (I think I agree…not that he would ever stoop to correcting me/others) – Trump and Israel are mirror images of each other. The substance is similar even if appearances differ. In an honest world, where “reform” jews take a break from pip-squeaking about their “Jewsih values” and own up to the brutish criminal entity they support, they should all be flocking to trump – a somewhat cruder manifestation of their “values”.

      • Mooser
        March 16, 2016, 3:59 pm

        Can’t wait to see what Trump does, says, at AIPAC.

      • Danaa
        March 16, 2016, 5:26 pm

        I am with you in my impatience, Mooser. May be Trump will trumpet his newly discovered Jewish values to AIPAC?

      • Mooser
        March 16, 2016, 6:24 pm

        “May be Trump will trumpet his newly discovered Jewish values to AIPAC?”

        That would be the usual scenario at AIPAC, right?
        But this isn’t the usual political bris , this is “Trumped” as Donald Trump plays out the plot of “The Producers” in American Presidential politics with him as Max Bialystock . The AIPAC convention is his last chance to escape the disaster of a successful Presidential campaign.

        As I remember, I didn’t work for Max and Bloom:

        “Oh, we knew we couldn’t lose
        Half the audience were Jews!
        It’s the end of our careers
        It’ll run for twenty years
        Tell us where did we go right?”

      • bryan
        March 17, 2016, 8:31 am

        Given that Trump excels in pandering to the prejudices and the lowest instincts of his audience, I can imagine exactly what he will say at AIPAC.

      • eljay
        March 17, 2016, 10:13 am

        || bryan: Given that Trump excels in pandering to the prejudices and the lowest instincts of his audience, I can imagine exactly what he will say at AIPAC. ||

        I imagine that his currently skewed “neutrality” on I-P (Jews = pure and wonderful people; non-Jews = evil hate-filled terrorist murderers) will become even more skewed.

    • K Renner
      March 16, 2016, 4:17 pm

      ” First, if my kids went to Baylor and had any class in Jewish Studies while Ellis was running the show, I’d sue the University and Ellis for stealing my money.”

      Yawn. Typical petulant bluster coming from, I think, my “favourite” hasbara nitwit here.

      Do you think the fact that you try and poo-poo people like Ellis for being pro-Palestinian while having no problem with rabid Palestinian haters who run things like Prager “university”– or people like Steven Plaut, for that matter– makes you look anything other then reprehensible?

      If you have kids– that’s just too bad. We can be certain of a new generation of grubby little Arab-hating hypocrites with perpetual victim complexes.

      ” Second, Reform Jews are pro Israel and will continue to be. Only the brainwashed at Tzedek Chicago aren’t. ”

      Idiotic propaganda abounds in the second part of your statement. It’s true that far too many Jews throw out their morals to an absurd degree when it comes to Palestine and Lebanon, but it’s plainly obvious that the Reform Jews who don’t spend all their time shilling for Israel are the direct opposite of being “brainwashed”– and that accusation coming from someone like you, Steve, really is just too rich considering how notorious the brainwashing is when it comes to your ideological compatriots as a collective.

      • Mooser
        March 16, 2016, 4:37 pm

        ” We can be certain of a new generation of …”

        Okay, just a quick timid bleat for the younger generation. That ‘new generation’ process is not turning out to be “certain” at all! Not “certain” at all.

        Could this become a ‘battle of wills’ between generations?

      • Steve Grover
        March 16, 2016, 5:09 pm

        K Renner sez:
        “Do you think the fact that you try and poo-poo people like Ellis”
        I would never do that. They do it on themselves every time they open their mouths.

      • Stephen Shenfield
        March 16, 2016, 5:34 pm

        K. Renner — We know what a ?!!?!?! Steve Grover is (mind you, Grover is one of my favorite Sesame Street monsters, but I suspect that is a different Grover altogether) but we don’t know his kids and can’t be “certain” how they will turn out. They might be BDS activists for all we know.

      • Mooser
        March 16, 2016, 6:03 pm

        “They do it on themselves….”

        Really, “Grover” you’ve done more than enough to ameliorate jealousy of the Jews. You can quit now. We don’t need people pitying us. Or making disparaging comments about the consequences of excess endogamy.

      • Steve Grover
        March 16, 2016, 6:33 pm

        Click on the link Stephen Shenfield and you can watch your favorite Sesame Street character Grover take a tour of Yerushalayim.
        http://mondoweiss.net/2016/03/emerging-from-a-reign-of-terror-palestinians-in-israel-hold-first-bds-conference/#comment-828188

      • talknic
        March 16, 2016, 9:04 pm

        Steve Grover March 16, 2016, 6:33 pm

        Hey Steve, I don’t think a puppet has any bearing on the illegalities you support

      • niass2
        March 18, 2016, 8:23 am

        AIPACIs boring and lame and for people with very very thick glasses. At Woodstock they’d yellout at the crowd as a joke: sit down stand up fight fight fight and everyone just laughed like crazy cause they were tripping and having fun Real Jewish people nd real Deadheads wouldn’t waste their time at AIPAC. AIPAC is for weapons manufacturers . and fools. Real Jews go to work, come home, sleep, get stoned, and don’t get involved in that nonsense. And they certainly don’t think they and Israel have anything to do with each other. Israel could disappear tomorrow. This Jewish household couldn’t care less. Do you think my wife really cares about aipac or Israel? No,she’s Jewish, but not some kind of twisted scheming political hack. We take our kid to soccer. And no, we don’t think Israel’s treatment of anyone, even Jews under the age of 95, , is ok in any way. Its not Jews they are defending, its their warped and outcast dysfunctional hate governed nation state, which, again, has nothing to do with me or any of my ancestors, who are all named Cohen. We are not and never will be from Israel, in anyway. I bet they have nice glasses at AIPAC. Overall it sounds like quite a drag. I’d rather be at a grateful dead concert. We have already concluded the USA is done and over. Trump is perfect as we watch the USA and its ending.. what are we defending ,the USA? Ask the Hondurans about that. There is nothing to defend or worry about. The USA was a good idea, that was a long time ago.

      • Mooser
        March 18, 2016, 12:00 pm

        Ess, bench, toke, sei a mensch!

  3. hophmi
    March 16, 2016, 12:57 pm

    ” arch-conservative enabler of the destruction of Palestine”

    Oh please.

    • K Renner
      March 16, 2016, 4:23 pm

      Yawn. To what purpose do you think these non-posts of yours serve?

      I don’t know about “arch-conservative” but AIPAC does pretty objectively appear to be an active enabler or at least an apologist for those who do ultimately seek the destruction of what’s left of Palestine.

      Same thing for the ZOA, actually. Both engage in shameless apologia for the land theft and ethnic cleansing historically committed by the Jews, while making up lies about the Palestinians and the Arabs generally. Both of these groups also like to pretend away that historical reality that the Jews were only legally entitled to a fraction of the land of Mandate Palestine, and so subsequently really started to enflame the situation by illegally squatting on land owned by Palestinian Arabs.

      And this is just in the historical sense, not the contemporary.. But you’re a dummy so I don’t really see the point in a serious back-and-forth.

  4. The Hasbara Buster
    March 16, 2016, 8:55 pm

    For Reform Jews to staunchly support Israel is an instance of the Stockholm syndrome. Reform Judaism is despised in Israel, its conversions are not recognized, and their few synagogues (such as the one in Ra’anana) have been time and again defaced by Orthodox Jews. Only last February, the Chief Rabbinate accused Reform Jews of “uprooting Judaism.”

    That a group so targeted with hate should adore its haters is simply mind boggling.

    • Citizen
      March 17, 2016, 9:14 am

      For what it’s worth, my university Jewish Culture Studies class in 1969 was taught by a Reformed Rabbi Silver, from Spertecus (sic) Museum in Chicao. He stressed the evolutionary influence of Mimomades (sic) and Hegel.

    • Danaa
      March 17, 2016, 3:25 pm

      Good point THB. Indeed, the Reform movement is despised in Israel because they fail to conform to the orthodoxy and xenophobia of the established jewish lithurgy and dogma. The rank and file israelis assume/presume that Reform are essentially impostors, not to be taken seriously.

      To think that the reform guys continue to kow-tow to the brutal conquistadors of israel, prostating themselves further at each insult, is indeed the kind of travesty Stockholm syndrome was invented to explain.

      OTOH, may be they just suffer from a martyrdom complex.

      • niass2
        March 18, 2016, 8:29 am

        were not, Hophmi has no real colors. If he does what are they?

    • niass2
      March 18, 2016, 8:27 am

      as I said, Israelis hate Jews.

  5. kalithea
    March 17, 2016, 12:02 am

    The values we hold most dear – justice, mercy, compassion, peace – are altogether absent from Mr. Trump’s statements.

    They forgot to add this:, and these values are altogether absent in our treatment of Palestinians.

    There’s all kinds of irony in their statement. How can one be so totally out of touch with one’s own staggering hypocrisy?

    • Citizen
      March 17, 2016, 8:46 am

      Yes; mind boggling; deeply hypocritical. Too, all the opportunistic (or pious Christin Zionist) Gentiles who say and do identical.

  6. kalithea
    March 17, 2016, 1:18 am

    There’s a whole lot of slobbering that goes on at that Aipac conference, and Trump is not usually one to grovel although he professed more love for Israel than anyone on stage at the last debate and flipped on his position not to move the Embassy to Jersusalem. So we’ll see how he performs at the altar of Zionism.

    I remember candidate Obama’s Zionist anointment with Rahm as his Zionist godfather by his side; that’s the moment he started to let the base of his Party down with a thud. But I believe his Aipac speech happened in June that year and by then it was too late; he had already charmed his way to an inevitable nomination.

    But I suspect Trump who’s probably already sold his soul at some point in his billionaire career will be a harder get. However, the Islamophobe in him will certainly hold great appeal with the Aipac crowd.

    The only thing that Trump might mistrust however is an organization that would try to manipulate his decision-making. Netanyahu would never get away with upstaging Trump as President as he did with Obama and not live to regret it in a significant way. And really, this is the reason why Aipac mistrusts Trump, because if Trump is not altogether in agreement with the Zionist agenda major sparks will fly and it’ll result in more than a low-key cold shoulder. So Zionists are going to have to tread lightly and do a whole lot of ego massaging if Trump becomes President to have their needs met exactly as they’re use to. Not so sure Trump’s going to fellate-the-donkey for Israel; not so sure he feels he needs to. Those in the Aipac crowd who believe that Gentiles were created to serve Jews may come to realize that with Trump he expects it to be the other way around, and just like he asked his supporters to pledge their allegiance to him; I imagine he’ll expect that same kind of allegiance from Zionists if they want him to back their agenda. This is a man with a ginormous ego. If Zionists cross that ego – they’re fired.

    Trump keeps saying: we take care of South Korea, we take care of Japan, we take care of Saudi Arabia and what do we get in return? They should be paying us!

    If he starts asking : We take care of Israel to the tune of billions of dollars and what do we get from Israel in return? Oh my…!

    Oh, and Trump is very, very unapologetic. If he ends up offending Zionists; they better not expect an apology. It could get interesting if Zionists rub him wrong and it’s rare they ever miss an opportunity to get on one’s last nerve.

    • Citizen
      March 17, 2016, 9:07 am

      @ kalithea
      Good analysis–Trump may just alter a tad the “special relationship.” We will see how they each adapt. When Mitka’s dad kept pestering Trump inquiring who is foreign policy consultants were, he had already tossed out a few names, but he ended with the statement, at the end of the day, he himself would determine foreign policy(–he always says in the best interests of the American people.)

  7. Kay24
    March 17, 2016, 3:50 am

    According to Haaretz American Jews are going to fight back against Trump at AIPAC

    American Jews’ Fight-back Against Trump Starts at AIPAC
    We American Jews are, at last, waking from our stunned disbelief, and that means we need to act: to denounce Donald Trump and what he stands for in our communities, our synagogues, at AIPAC.
    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.709229

    That should be an interesting development. American idiot versus pro Israeli idiots.

    • niass2
      March 18, 2016, 8:30 am

      BS, and FYI, we have no synagogue. These Jews here decided we can’t raise our adopted child Jewish. He is Vietnamese. He has had enough militarism, he doesn’t need Judaism, which isnt even Judaism any more, its just a bunch of overfed idiots promoting hatred. If you think Jews under 50 go to Synagogue. wake up, they do not.

      • Mooser
        March 18, 2016, 11:19 am

        “If you think Jews under 50 go to Synagogue. wake up, they do not.”

        Oh, some probably do. Who wants to get in a battle of wills ?

        Why, it’s like expecting Willie Sutton not to go to the bank.

  8. talknic
    March 17, 2016, 10:08 am

    Trump will say what he’s told to say at AIPAC.

    The Zionist Federation has had over a century practicing the age old art of getting the dirt on people and waving it in front of them when it really suits their purpose.

    • hophmi
      March 17, 2016, 10:23 am

      Right, because with Trump, dirt is what motivates him to fall into line.

      • kalithea
        March 17, 2016, 12:45 pm

        For once I narrowly agree with hop’s reply. That’s not to say that smear, influence and/or big cash aren’t used to push the Zionist agenda. Trump just seems impervious to pushiness , the ingratiating nature that the Lobby at its best displays or career, campaign-ending threats subtle and not-so-much that it’s known to resort to.

      • Emory Riddle
        March 17, 2016, 2:56 pm

        Trump is an American archetype. The lovable rogue. The more the media attacks him, the more the people love him. The only mistake he could possibly make now is to give into their pressure. I suspect he knows this.

        At AIPAC I expect he will say a lot of I love Israel things but will make it clear he is calling his own shots on foreign policy when he is elected and not outsourcing it to representatives of special interests.

        This will of course infuriate (and scare) the only thing that matters is Israel crowd.

        We will see.

      • Mooser
        March 18, 2016, 2:57 pm

        “Right, because with Trump, dirt is what motivates him to fall into line.”

        Of course it is, “Hophmi”! He is, after all, a builder and real-estate guy. Where the rest of us see a couple of acres of dirt in occupied Jerusalem, he sees the American Embassy and the re-built Trump Temple, and falls right into line!

  9. jeff_davis
    March 17, 2016, 10:24 pm

    Some people think Trump will suck up to AIPAC to get their support. Others hope against hope that he will put them in their place, even smack them down. Everyone has a guess as to what he will do, but no one really knows.

    Trump has already put the big money Jews on notice that he’s not taking their money. Then he dropped the bombshell re Israel, that he will be “neutral”, which is half way to anti-Semitic, and light years short of the heretofore obligatory “I pledge my life, my fortune, and my sacred honor” for Israel. But at the same time, his daughter Ivanka has converted to orthodox Judaism and married a NY Jewish real estate guy.

    So I see an interesting atmosphere of uncertainty and latent hostility towards the Donald going into the AIPAC meet. How will Trump handle this? How will he win them over, since of course that is what he will want to do?

    Here’s my guess. Trump is a deal-maker. He loves the challenge of the deal. And the bigger, the better. So what can he offer the Israel-firsters to bring them over to his side?

    Are you ready?

    Not just safety. Not just the promise of eternal protection in an ever more hostile world. But the greater goal, the ultimate achievement. Peace itself. All of Israel safely Jewish, and all Palestinian grievances resolved. (Sans details of course regarding exactly how.)

    That’s the strategy the genius deal-maker will follow. Will it work do you think? Could it work?

    • echinococcus
      March 18, 2016, 12:10 am

      Jeff,

      How will he win them over, since of course that is what he will want to do?

      I don’t see the “of course”. He’s been fairly consistent in doing everything calculated to keep the approval of his core constituency. Sure, he’s madly unpredictable but the course so far tells me that he knows some measure of grandstanding and further defying the Zionist moneybags will bring him a lot of applause. That or a promise of virtual genocide for a big Zionist orgasm? Hard to decide. I’ll put $10 on his going for redneck approval.

    • Mooser
      March 18, 2016, 2:54 pm

      …(Sans details of course regarding exactly how.)

      That’s Trump. He thinks he can’t possibly lose, almost all the audience are Jews! This is where he goes right!

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