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Video: Israelis feel the love for Donald Trump

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While most Israelis I spoke to in Jerusalem’s Zion Square about the upcoming US presidential election disparaged Bernie Sanders, they spoke fondly of Donald Trump.

Trump’s brash speaking style resonated with them, and few seemed phased by his statements that he would be neutral on Israel/Palestine. Those who did preferred Ted Cruz, the Texas senator who has promised to be more pro-Israel than any other candidate.

Almost no one mentioned Hillary Clinton, despite her Netanyahu-like speech at the recent AIPAC convention.

Trump’s Muslim ban and Cruz’s proposal to have police patrol “Muslim neighborhoods” were popular, and a few suggested that the United States could employ Israeli tactics against Muslims.

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  1. David Doppler
    David Doppler
    April 15, 2016, 2:42 pm

    So what was the specific question put to all these responders?

  2. JLewisDickerson
    JLewisDickerson
    April 16, 2016, 5:08 am

    Regarding those last two women, how can Trump be good for Israel, but bad for the world? Israel IS the world!
    ISRAEL ÜBER ALLES!!!
    Whoohoo!

    • JLewisDickerson
      JLewisDickerson
      April 16, 2016, 5:34 am

      P.S. It’s a good thing those boys were in a rubber room. But, why so unfashionably decorated?
      This is so much more de riguer!

      P.P.S. In a sense, Israel is becoming a very big rubber room!!!

      • JLewisDickerson
        JLewisDickerson
        April 16, 2016, 7:04 pm

        P.P.P.S Sorry, I just couldn’t resist!

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        This is the best all time remix of this song. Best part? 5:03 to the end. – Rachel Kealani Desha Brown, 4 weeks ago

  3. silamcuz
    silamcuz
    April 17, 2016, 5:01 am

    I guess Israel is not lacking in misguided idiots too.

  4. Jackdaw
    Jackdaw
    April 17, 2016, 5:04 am

    Edited responses (you don’t hear the question), from marginally informed foreigners who don’t always know enough English to clearly express themselves.

    Thanks, Dan.

    • bryan
      bryan
      April 17, 2016, 1:44 pm

      Not clear exactly what your saying, Jack, because you never make your message explicit, but I took from this that you thought Israel-supporters were uninformed idiots and non-indigenous peoples (i.e. foreigners). Perhaps you would value a genuinely authentic Palestinian voice on the debate.

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