This tweet from Donald Trump this morning is zinging around the internet.
Hillary Clinton said that it is O.K. to ban Muslims from Israel by building a WALL, but not O.K. to do so in the U.S. We must be vigilant!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 2, 2016
Obviously Trump is a clown but there’s an element of truth in what he says (as there was when he said that Sheldon Adelson would own Marco Rubio). Hillary is all for human rights and openness here in the United States, but she is willing to give a far-right wing government anything it wants in Israel, and that’s a lot worse than President Obama’s position. She’s going to patch things up with Netanyahu immediately. And she makes these pronouncements out of craven allegiance to Haim Saban, for whom she lately penned an anti-boycott letter, and gave a disturbingly-pro-Israel speech, in which she bragged that she and Israel were born within months of one another.
The tweet is also a reminder that people know what’s going on over there. Even Donald Trump. Public opinion is shifting. Even the most pessimistic person has to see that. People are aware of the apartheid conditions. And these questions are bound to be debated in the coming political cycle, no matter who the nominees are. Will Bernie Sanders have the guts to call Clinton out for her hypocrisy on this question?
And as for Haim Saban, it has now come out that when Clinton spoke to the Brookings Institution’s Saban Forum in 2011, an official at Brookings cleared questions with her ahead of time. Here’s the Martin Indyk email.
— Jacob Kornbluh (@jacobkornbluh) December 31, 2015
To be clear, Indyk is sharing questions at the annual Saban Forum with Hillary Clinton’s aide, and then asks: “If there are any you would like me to stay away from, or any that you would prefer me to ask, please let me know.” So the whole thing was a setup.
(Reminiscent of how Gene McCarthy once described the establishment to Weiss once, as a circle of pigs in the barnyard who kept their snouts warm by burying them in the hindquarters of the pigs in front of them.)