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.