Video: Israelis look forward to the Trump presidency

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According to a New York Times poll, 24% of American Jews voted for Donald Trump, yet according to a poll conducted by iVoteIsrael and released in the Jerusalem Post the Republican candidate received 49% of the Israeli-American vote. On Tuesday, November 22, Mondoweiss reporters asked Israelis in West Jerusalem’s Zion Square what they thought about the election of Donald Trump and found overwhelming support for the incoming U.S. president.

“In this difficult time all over the world, it’s time for strong leaders,” says one Trump admirer.

Support for Trump echoed positive statements by members of the Knesset and of the Israeli government right after the election. Naftali Bennett, the Minister of Education, was the most vocal and fastest to celebrate the President-elect. His team issued a press release stating that: “Trump’s victory is an opportunity for Israel to immediately retract the notion of a Palestinian state in the center of the country, which would hurt our security and just cause”. The Habayit Hayehudi chairman also said that “the special connection between the United States and Israel will be preserved and even enhanced.” 

Israelis interviewed in Jerusalem anticipated that Trump will be a strong ally for Israel on the global stage. “[He] will give Israel a voice. Up until now, mostly in the U.N. but all over the world, I feel like the Palestinians have a voice and Israel doesn’t,” said another pro-Trump Israeli interviewed in Jerusalem.

In 2015, a poll Panels Politics conducted in Israel revealed that 63% of Jewish Israelis felt President Obama was the “worst for Israel in the last 30 years”. A surprising 37% thought that Bill Clinton had been the best for Israel, although these feelings were evidently not shared for Hillary Clinton.

“I’m very happy Mrs. Clinton lost. She’s an enemy of the Jewish people,” said another interviewee who looked forward to the end of the Obama administration. “Obama is a Muslim himself. He supports the Muslim cause against the Jewish cause.”

Watch more of the Israelis’ responses here:

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  1. YoniFalic
    November 28, 2016, 11:29 am

    test

    • Mooser
      November 28, 2016, 1:25 pm

      “test”

      I think you passed. Hello again, “Yoni”!

  2. xanadou
    November 28, 2016, 12:02 pm

    Israeli persecution complex + corrupt media => clueless peasants.

    ‘Can’t wait for the reactions when trumpty dumpty shows his true colours post swearing in hoopla. Trumpty’s selection of Breitbart’s racist flunky clearly didn’t register with the eternal victims. And the slamming of the clinton-woman-as-israeli doormat… I would give a whole brand new nickel to know what the woman is thinking in view of her reciprocated betrayal, this time by the masses of the sh **ty little country.

  3. Marnie
    November 28, 2016, 12:17 pm

    With the israelis, at least the jewish ones, it’s always ‘Is it good for the jews?’
    Holy shit I’ve never heard “is it good for the christians? Is it good for muslims? Israelis are the most self-absorbed, paranoid, bite the hand that feeds them people I’ve ever met.the woman around 2:39 is particularly deluded and the brilliant fellow at 3:33 ‘Obama is a Muslim’ blah, blah, blah’. And another brain surgeon ‘Trump will do the right thing. What’s happening all over the world is Obama’s fault.’ Fuck them all.

    • amigo
      November 28, 2016, 2:07 pm

      “Israelis are the most self-absorbed, paranoid, bite the hand that feeds them people I’ve ever me “Marnie

      I believe you meant to say Isareli Jews .I cannot imagine The “Other ” forgotten 20% of Israel,s citizens being quite so contemptible , albeit it , they have far more reason to complain than those who plonked themselves down on someone else,s land after ethnically cleansing them at the point of a gun.

      And then they ask, “why do they hate us so”.

      • Marnie
        November 29, 2016, 12:18 am

        Amigo
        I thought I was clear from the get go “With the israelis, at least the jewish ones..” Let me be clear – Israeli Jews are the most self-absorbed, paranoid, bit the hand that feeds them people I’ve ever met”.

        With them, it’s always Ask not what your country can do for you, but what the rest of the world must do for our ‘country’.

        And always the question for the ages/sages and everyone in between ‘why do those filthy goyim hate us?’

    • DaBakr
      November 29, 2016, 2:31 am

      @mrn

      Agree. What an infuriating and obnoxious people. who in their right mind would be able to deal with people like this

      • Marnie
        November 29, 2016, 8:32 am

        You.

      • Mooser
        December 1, 2016, 6:44 pm

        You

        They are all yours, “Dabakr”. You can handle them.

  4. Maghlawatan
    November 28, 2016, 12:29 pm

    The videos remind me of the story about the good Samaritan. 9 people walked past. There was one who stopped. 9 morons per 10.

  5. eljay
    November 28, 2016, 12:37 pm

    … Israelis interviewed in Jerusalem anticipated that Trump will be a strong ally for Israel on the global stage. “[He] will give Israel a voice. Up until now, mostly in the U.N. but all over the world, I feel like the Palestinians have a voice and Israel doesn’t,” said another pro-Trump Israeli interviewed in Jerusalem. …

    Isn’t it awful? The rapist has the support of the local police force and some members of city council, but all over the city it seems like only the rapist’s victims have a voice. :-(

    Fear not, good people rapist and friends! The new mayor will be a strong ally for the rapist on the municipal stage. He will give the rapist a voice. :-)

  6. AddictionMyth
    November 28, 2016, 12:44 pm

    Exactly – Israeli Jews know that Trump is not isolationist. He has expansive foreign policy ambitions. He also wants to import Israel’s private security industry to American shores by instigating violence by muslims. He will use all of Netanyahu’s tactics. Whether Americans realize what’s happening in time is anyone’s guess. (I remain optimistic.)

  7. Maghlawatan
    November 28, 2016, 1:28 pm

    The Australian guy with the beard. How many AIPAC confefences did Hill go to? And that’s the thanks she gets.
    Sheesh.
    Sheesha

    • amigo
      November 28, 2016, 2:20 pm

      “Hopefully , the Palestinian Authority will go out of existence and the Jews can rule Judea /Samaria.”

      Aussie come lately zionist has all the answers.Too bad the interviewer did not ask him if the Jewish people would be offering citizenship to all the inhabitants of his Jewish ruled democracy.

      These scum are truly without morals or ethics or humanity.The sooner these criminals are dealt with the better.

  8. yonah fredman
    November 28, 2016, 3:40 pm

    Zion square in jerusalem represents the right wing/religious sector of the jewish population. Polls before the vote indicated that Israeli jews supported clinton over trump 43-29. Obviously one would need to interview in tel aviv or better yet in northern tel aviv to get an accurate cross section of the centrist and left wing israeli Jewish public. This video reveals the thoughts of the right wing and in no way represents an accurate image of the totality of the israeli public. (Inaccuracy of this sort is also known as propaganda.)

    • Mooser
      November 28, 2016, 6:25 pm

      “Zion square in jerusalem represents the right wing/religious sector of the jewish population.”

      “Yonah” maybe we should just think of them as “dogs barking”. Would that help?

      Besides, “Yonah” aren’t these the very people you tell us we must talk to, must engage if there is to be peace? Well, there they are, “Yonah”, in their own words. And you can’t even take them.

      (“Yonah” please don’t talk disparagingly about religious Jews. You know what happens when non-Jews detect cracks in Jewish tribal unity!)

      “Polls before the vote indicated that Israeli jews supported clinton over trump 43-29.”

      I bet “Yonah” sleeps with that sentence under his pillow, just in case!

    • Marnie
      November 29, 2016, 1:32 am

      Why don’t you make that your job yonah, the roving reporter of east, west, north and south ‘israel’. i’m absolutely positive with your uncompromising stand to present the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth wrt to all things israeli jews, the folks at Mondoweiss (maybe even Phil his own self!) would gladly provide you with your own little demiblog right here on these pages. MW could have a contest to name Yonah’s demiglob! I’m thinking to keep it simple – how ’bout “Yonah Sez” or “The Ways I Seize It”?

  9. momo123
    November 29, 2016, 8:21 am

    Jerusalem is a right-wing city. Israeli-Americans are mostly right-wingers, and some of the worst we’ve ever had the misfortune to allow in. Israel-Russians are even worse. Israel of 2016 is a very different country, and far away from the country I’ve left 15 years ago.

    Regardless, A street survey in Tel-Aviv would have produced a completely different impression.

    Also, most Israelis seem to be oblivious to the fact that the Orange Hitler the ignorant people of the USA just elected, is surrounding himself whit neo-nazis. They’re as stupid as American who still believe “alt-right” is just a different kind of right.

    • Marnie
      November 29, 2016, 8:34 am

      Jerusalem is an occupied city.

      • momo123
        November 29, 2016, 10:15 am

        Last time I checked, it’s been a jewish city, since… well, always.

        BTW, I’m sure you’re as balanced in criticizing Arab regimes currently slaughtering innocent citizens in almost every country in the region, as much as you do when it comes to Israel.

      • eljay
        November 29, 2016, 10:51 am

        || momo123: Last time I checked, it’s been a jewish city, since… well, always. … ||

        Except for when it hasn’t. For the last ~70 years, it’s been a Free City under military occupation and colonization by a (war) criminal and religion-supremacist “Jewish State”.

        || … BTW, I’m sure you’re as balanced in criticizing Arab regimes currently slaughtering innocent citizens in almost every country in the region, as much as you do when it comes to Israel. ||

        And there’s the trusty “murderers exist, so it’s OK to rape” defence. Nicely played. :-)

        You can always count on Zio-supremacists to:
        – praise Israel as a “moral beacon”, a “light unto the nations” and a “Western-style democracy”; and
        – defend Israel by comparing it to some of the worst offenders around, including “Arab regimes currently slaughtering innocent citizens”.

      • Citizen
        November 29, 2016, 11:03 am

        @ momo123

        Re: your “Last time I checked, it’s been a jewish city, since… well, always.”

        You better check again, or check more thoroughly. Who does Jerusalem belong To? http://www.juancole.com/2015/05/does-jerusalem-belong.html

      • Misterioso
        November 29, 2016, 11:43 am

        momo123

        In fact, the Jebusite/Canaanites, ancestors of today’s Palestinians, founded Jerusalem around 3000 BCE. Originally known as Jebus, the first recorded reference to it as “Rushalimum” (or “Urussalim”) appears in Egyptian Execration Texts of the nineteenth century BCE, nearly 800 years before it is alleged King David was born. (BTW, thus far, no real archaeological evidence or more importantly, writings of contemporaneous civilizations, have been discovered that confirm Solomon or King David actually existed.)

        East Jerusalem is belligerently/illegally and brutally occupied by Israel.

        To wit:
        Security Council Resolution 446 (22 March 1979) “[Affirms] once more that the Fourth Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War of 12 August 1949 is applicable to the Arab territories OCCUPIED [my emphasis] by Israel since 1967, including Jerusalem,
        “1. Determines that the policy and practices of Israel in establishing settlements in the Palestinian and other Arab territories OCCUPIED [my emphasis] since 1967 have no legal validity and constitute a serious obstruction to achieving a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East;..”

        Security Council Resolution 465 (1 March 1980) “determines that all measures taken by Israel to change the physical character, demographic composition, institutional structure or status of the Palestinian and other Arab territories OCCUPIED [my emphasis] since 1967, including Jerusalem, or any part thereof, have no legal validity…”

        Israel’s 1980 annexation of East Jerusalem was rejected by the UN Security Council in Resolution 476 (June 30, 1980): “all legislative and administrative measures and actions taken by Israel, the OCCUPYING [my emphasis] Power, which purport to alter the character and status of the Holy City of Jerusalem have no legal validity and constitute a flagrant violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention.”

        In accordance with the 1949 Fourth Geneva Convention, ratified by Israel, and further underscoring the illegality of the settlements, Part 2, Article 8, section B, paragraph viii of the Rome Statute of the International Court (1998) defines “the transfer directly or indirectly by the Occupying power of parts of its own civilian population into the territory it OCCUPIES [my emphasis]” as a War Crime, indictable by the International Criminal Court.

        On 24 February 2004, the U.S. State Department reaffirmed its earlier position in a report entitled Israel and the OCCUPIED [my emphasis] Territories, Country Reports on Human Rights Practices: “Israel OCCUPIED [my emphasis] the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, East Jerusalem, and the Golan Heights after the 1967 War…. The international community does not recognize Israel’s sovereignty over any part of the OCCUPIED [my emphasis] territories.”

        In its 2004 ruling, the International Court of Justice unanimously ruled that “No territorial acquisition resulting from the threat or use of force shall be recognized as legal.” The World Court denoted this principle a “corollary” of the U.N. Charter and as such “customary international law” and a “customary rule” binding on all member States of the United Nations.

        In the summer of 1967, “[t]he legal counsel of the Foreign Ministry, Theodor Meron, was asked [by Israeli Prime Minister Levi Eshkol] whether international law allowed settlement in the newly conquered land. In a memo marked ‘Top Secret,’ Meron wrote unequivocally: ‘My conclusion is that civilian settlement in the administered territories contravenes the explicit provisions of the Fourth Geneva Convention.’” (New York Times, 10 March 2006)

      • Mooser
        November 29, 2016, 12:20 pm

        “Also, most Israelis seem to be oblivious to the fact that the Orange Hitler the ignorant people of the USA just elected, is surrounding himself whit neo-nazis. They’re as stupid as American who still believe “alt-right” is just a different kind of right.”

        Well, Trump, and his voters are smart enough to recognize Jerusalem as an eternal Jewish city, and the place where the American Embassy should be. That’s what you call Nazi?

      • Marnie
        November 29, 2016, 12:50 pm

        Just love how occupation apologists/enablers never fail to distract. WTF does Palestine have to do with ‘Arab regimes’? I don’t give a shit about ‘arab regimes’ and you can stop pretending that you do ‘momo123’. I’m more concerned with the jewish supremacist fascist regime where I live, okay?

      • Maghlawatan
        November 29, 2016, 2:39 pm

        In 2010

        65.1 percent of the city’s Palestinian residents lived below the poverty line, as compared with 30.8 percent of the city’s Jewish population; and 74.4 percent of the Palestinian children in Jerusalem lived below the poverty line, as compared to 45.1 percent of the city’s Jewish children

        Jerusalem is the poorest town in Israel, with a third of families and more than half of children living below the official poverty line. Unemployment, especially in the ultra-orthodox community and among Palestinians, is sky-high. More young, secular and well-educated professionals are leaving Jerusalem.Socially, too, the city faces grave problems. Jerusalem is already split into three distinct micro-societies with little or nothing in common. On the Israeli side, there is simmering tension between the ultra-orthodox and the dwindling band of secular or moderately religious Jews. Both look with anxiety at the 250,000 Palestinians living in East Jerusalem. Few Israelis these days venture into the Palestinian neighbourhoods, even the famous Old City, which they regard as hostile territory.

        Though Palestinians comprise one-third of the city’s population, Jerusalem’s municipality council consistently spends less than 10% of its budget in their neighborhoods.

        ‘A society in crisis forges a new vocabulary for itself,’ David Grossman wrote in The Yellow Wind, ‘and gradually, a new language emerges whose words . . . no longer describe reality, but attempt, instead, to conceal it.’ This ‘new language’ was adopted voluntarily by the media, but if one needs an official set of guidelines it can be found in the Nakdi Report, a paper drafted by the Israeli Broadcasting Authority. First set down in 1972 and since updated three times, the report aimed to ‘clarify some of the professional rules that govern the work of a newsperson’. The prohibition of the term East Jerusalem was one of them

        The report says that the 1967 law on the protection of holy places refers to all religious groups in the country, including in Jerusalem, but “the government implements regulations only for Jewish sites. Non-Jewish holy sites do not enjoy legal protection under it because the government does not recognize them as official holy sites.” At the end of 2008, for example, all of the 137 officially recognized holy sites were Jewish

        The idea that the city is sacred is laughable.
        Very few normal Jews would move there.

      • RoHa
        November 30, 2016, 4:13 am

        “Unemployment, especially in the ultra-orthodox community”

        I thought that ultra-orthodox men, at least, kept themselves unemployed so that they could study the Torah. It’s a public service. If they don’t keep it up, we’ll all drop dead.

        Or so Mooser told me.

      • Maghlawatan
        November 30, 2016, 9:38 am

        RoHa

        Ben Gurion gave the Haredim a special deal in the late 40s. Israel would take care of them and they would study Torah. There weren’t that many at the time and Ben Gurion wasn’t good at maths.

        Ultra Orthodox in New York have to work and look after their families.So did the people in the shtetl.
        In Israel they do SFA. And they are unemployable.

        They are like a Jewish version of the evangelicals when it comes to insight. And they don’t even understand the Torah , which is the icing on the cake.

        Israel has several self inflicted crises iterating away. Haredi skills deficit/political influence is one.The YESHA parasite is 2. Deflation is 3. The dumbing down of the education system is 4 . Apartheid is 5.

      • Mooser
        November 30, 2016, 5:51 pm

        “Or so Mooser told me.”

        They haven’t stopped studying, have they? And the world has kept on going. So why take chances?

      • RoHa
        November 30, 2016, 6:14 pm

        Immortal rabbits? We’re doomed!

      • RoHa
        November 30, 2016, 6:17 pm

        I remember reading that the Hopi have a “world preserving dance”. If they don’t perform this dance every year, the world will cease to exist. We owe a great debt to the Hopi and the Haredi.

      • Maghlawatan
        November 30, 2016, 6:56 pm

        I think Judaism could learn a lot from the Hopi as well as other indigenous groups

        “Hopi is a concept deeply rooted in the culture’s religion, spirituality, and its view of morality and ethics. To be Hopi is to strive toward this concept, which involves a state of total reverence and respect for all things, to be at peace with these things, and to live in accordance with the instructions of Maasaw, the Creator or Caretaker of Earth. The Hopi observe their traditional ceremonies for the benefit of the entire world.”

        “In the Māori language, the word māori means “normal”, “natural” or “ordinary”. In legends and oral traditions, the word distinguished ordinary mortal human beings—tāngata māori—from deities and spirits (wairua) and fake assholes (Zionists)”

        “Navajo spiritual practice is about restoring balance and harmony to a person’s life to produce health and is based on the ideas of Hózhóójí. The Diné believed in two classes of people: Earth People and Holy People. The Navajo people believe they passed through three worlds before arriving in this world, The Fourth World or The Glittering World. As Earth People, the Diné must do everything within their power to maintain the balance between Mother Earth and man”

        Meanwhile poor Moshiach has to wait for these clowns to grow up
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maccabiah_bridge_collapse

        The commission found that Karagula and Ezra were not licensed to build bridges, had never attempted to build a bridge, and used substandard materials in the bridge’s construction. Photographs taken after the collapse showed that the bridge was constructed of rusty metal pipes bound together with wire.[16]
        The commission concluded that the bridge’s engineer, Micha Bar-Ilan, did not submit a blueprint for the bridge, designed a bridge that was inadequate for its intended use, and did not properly supervise or coordinate the bridge’s construction. The commission faulted the Maccabiah Games’ organizers for poor coordination and oversight over the bridge’s assembly.[17]
        An investigation by Augustine Zycher for the Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council reported that the IDF had employed Tamir Rowner, an experienced bridge construction engineer, to build previous bridges for the games. For the 1997 games, Maccabiah officials, apparently unwilling to pay the IDF’s price of $111,000, accepted a bid from Irgunit to build the bridge for $34,750.[18]
        According to Zycher, Mishori kept $7,700 of the payment and gave the rest to Karagula and Ben-Ezra to erect the bridge. Karagula and Ben-Ezra hired Bar-Ilan to design and oversee the bridge’s construction. Bar-Ilan claimed that his bridge as designed would support 250 kg per square metre, which did not meet Israeli government standards, which required a pedestrian bridge to support 500 kg per square metre. In any event, the Dotan investigation found that the bridge was far weaker than what Bar-Ilan claimed. Furthermore, a municipal permit was required to construct the bridge, which Karagula and Ben-Ezra did not obtain.

  10. MHughes976
    November 29, 2016, 12:24 pm

    Jerusalem was not originally Jewish, as the Biblical record and the Amarna letters tell us, and remained non-Jewish until a few centuries at least after its foundation. A few (how many is much disputed) centuries later it became a great religious centre. It produced and centred on itself by far the most memorable, inspiring and influential ‘national’ history ever written, though it was left to the Christians to produce the most memorable individual biography. Of course it is now our duty to look at these narratives critically. In any event, Jerusalem then ceased to be predominantly Jewish for near two thousand years. I don’t see that the basic facts about the past of Jerusalem create any special rights for people who are Jewish now or demonstrate that under its current regime Jerusslrm is not, as Marnie remarks, an occupied city.

    • Misterioso
      November 29, 2016, 12:50 pm

      For the record:

      Population of and land ownership in West and East Jerusalem in 1947:

      The total population of West Jerusalem (the New City) and East Jerusalem (the Old City) and their environs was about 200,000 with a slight Arab majority. (Professor Walid Khalidi, Harvard, Journal of Palestine Studies, Autumn, 1988, p. 17)

      The total land area of West Jerusalem (the New City) in 1947 was 19,331 dunams (about 4,833 acres) of which 40 per cent was owned by Palestinian Muslims and Christians, 26.12 per cent by Jews and 13.86 per cent by others, including Christian communities. Government and municipal land made up 2.90 per cent and roads and railways 17.12 per cent.

      East Jerusalem (the Old City) consisted of 800 dunams (about 240 acres) of which five dunams (just over one acre) were Jewish owned and the remaining 795 dunams were owned by Palestinian Muslims and Christians. (“Assessing Palestinian Property in the City,” by Dalia Habash and Terry Rempel, Jerusalem 1948: The Arab Neighbourhoods and their Fate in the War, edited by Salim Tamari, The Institute of Jerusalem Studies, 1999, map, pp. 184-85)

  11. genesto
    November 29, 2016, 2:34 pm

    I think we all need to be a bit careful here and not lump all Israeli Jews together in this trash bag. I prefer to separate Zionist Jews, particularly of the Israeli variety, from non Zionist and anti Zionist Jews, like my wife for example. That way we avoid the slippery slope of you know what.

    • Misterioso
      November 29, 2016, 4:02 pm

      genesto

      To state the obvious, Jewish non-Zionists should organize worldwide and demand that its leaders cease referring to Israel as the “Jewish state” and stop demanding that Palestinians must do so as a condition for ending the conflict.

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