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Jewish supporters of Israel are nervous about Donald Trump’s commitment to Israel. And guess who’s reassuring them about Trump’s support for Israel? Joe Biden, the Democratic vice president. Who knew! Well that’s how bipartisanship works in the U.S. Wall to wall for Israel.

The veep said yesterday that Trump won’t reduce the unprecedented $38 billion aid package to Israel by a nickel.

Here’s the excerpt of his speech to the World Jewish Congress:

I’ve observed unease [among Jews] that often accompanies a transfer of power that occurs under our constitution… Now there’s a new transition going on, following… one of the most divisive campaigns in modern American history and a number of my friends in the community are anxious about what it will mean for America’s commitment to Israel.

I stand here to tell you that I have no doubt, none whatsoever, that in the Trump administration there will be no diminution of support as a consequence of this transition. Even if the new administration were inclined to reduce the commitment, which it is not, Congress would never let it happen, the American people would never let it happen. That’s the point I want to make to all of you.

You measure your influence on how well you influence me, presidents, vice presidents, secretaries, senators, congressmen, but your influence on the American community at large has been profound. That’s the ultimate guarantor that every American president, and every transition, will never dare, even if they’re inclined — and the Trump administration is not inclined — to reduce the nature of support.

There will be tactical disagreements, there always are. Hell– the old joke you all know and you taught me, Get two Israelis on a street corner and you get three opinions. Well, there’s going to be disagreements tactically, but never on the basic fundamental commitment.”

Biden must know what he is talking about. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reported on a telephone conversation he had last night with the president-elect of the United States, in which Trump reported invited him to the White House “at the first opportunity.”

PM Netanyahu spoke by telephone this evening with United States President-elect Donald Trump and congratulated him on his victory.PM Netanyahu said to President-elect Trump that the United States has no better ally than Israel. The two leaders, who have known each other for many years, had a warm and heartfelt conversation. They also discussed regional issues. President-elect Trump invited Prime Minister Netanyahu to a meeting in the United States at the first opportunity.

And the networks are reporting that Jared Kushner, Trump’s Jewish son-in-law is said to have crafted the Trump speech to AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, is doing a walkabout on the White House lawn today with Obama’s chief of staff Denis McDonough, in a sign of Kushner’s importance to a prospective Trump administration. NBC’s Katy Tur says this is good news for Israel.

Israeli lobbyist Daniel Gordis tells Jewish Insider that Netanyahu— using the nickname “Bibi”– would have preferred Clinton:

Bibi clearly would have preferred Hillary – “the devil you know.” Having gotten Trump, though, Netanyahu has to worry about Israel’s security, with the US now in the hands of an inexperienced, not terribly smart, easily offended leader with no policies in mind. Even the Palestinians are cozying up to Trump; it would be suicidal for Netanyahu to be doing anything else.

Here is a tweet by Rania Khalek about one of Trump’s prime influencers, who isn’t getting a lot of coverage!

BTW, Adelson called on the sitting president, Barack Obama, to nuke Iran, 3 years ago.

More anxiety? Here’s the video message from Netanyahu re Trump yesterday:

Thanks to Donald Johnson, James North and Adam Horowitz.

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  1. eljay
    eljay
    November 10, 2016, 11:27 am

    Trump is perfectly capable of letting the Zio-supremacist donkey know he will continue fellating it. It seems somewhat inappropriate of Biden to be pimping Trump out.

    • Rusty Pipes
      Rusty Pipes
      November 10, 2016, 5:29 pm

      This is barely two paragraphs of a half-hour speech. Biden is just reiterating the obvious about the influence of the Israel Lobby on any president:

      Even if the new administration were inclined to reduce the commitment, which it is not, Congress would never let it happen, the American people would never let it happen. That’s the point I want to make to all of you.

      You measure your influence on how well you influence me, presidents, vice presidents, secretaries, senators, congressmen, but your influence on the American community at large has been profound. That’s the ultimate guarantor that every American president, and every transition, will never dare, even if they’re inclined — and the Trump administration is not inclined — to reduce the nature of support.

  2. pabelmont
    pabelmont
    November 10, 2016, 4:59 pm

    Should Jews be worried about Trump? You betcha! He plans another holocaust! Now, to be sure, the holocaust of the Jews will be folded up within and as a part of the much wider holocaust of all large-animal life on earth as Trump attempts to prevent any action to bring USA’s (and world’s) emissions of greenhouse gases to a halt. But it still means an end of the Jews.

    They should be worried even if so many Jews are intermarried.

  3. iResistDe4iAm
    iResistDe4iAm
    November 10, 2016, 9:06 pm

    Here is a tweet by Rania Khalek about one of Trump’s prime influencers, who isn’t getting a lot of coverage!

    Sheldon Adelson is not one of Trump’s prime influencers. It seems that since Adelson’s op-ed endorsing Trump, Trump would not follow orders so the money went to congressional candidates instead.

    Sheldon Adelson Focuses on Congressional Races, Despite Donald Trump’s Pleas
    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/21/us/politics/republican-fund-raising-sheldon-adelson-donald-trump.html

    “The Las Vegas billionaire Sheldon G. Adelson and his wife are giving more than $40 million to groups backing Republican congressional candidates, according to campaign filings and interviews with Republican strategists, disregarding repeated entreaties for support from allies of Donald J. Trump and dealing a major setback to Mr. Trump’s efforts to rally the deepest-pocketed Republican givers.”

    “Mr. Adelson at one point appeared to be the biggest potential backer in Mr. Trump’s corner. This spring, he published an op-ed article endorsing Mr. Trump and urging other Republicans to get behind him, and in August he donated $1.5 million to the Republican convention, where Mr. Trump was formally nominated in July.

    But in the months since, Mr. Trump has shrugged off private pleas from Mr. Adelson and others within his party to modulate his tone and message against Mrs. Clinton.”

  4. Mooser
    Mooser
    November 11, 2016, 11:19 am

    I am sure Biden’s conclusions about Trump are as accurate as his conclusions about the election.

  5. ritzl
    ritzl
    November 11, 2016, 2:44 pm

    So many mixed messages. So little time to sort.

    Three things though:

    A) Didn’t Adelson largely pull his support for Trump? I thought I read that he had except for a token amount. Maybe not, but then there’s the Christie nod for some role in Truman’s admin. Adelson definitely publicly chastised and pulled support for him after his use of the word “occupation” during the Adelson primary in Las Vegas back in the spring. That’s gotta leave a lingering political mark that MAY carry forward. If. If. If……

    B) On a slightly less iffy note, Sen. Sessions is likely to be in Trump’s cabinet in some capacity. Trump thanked him profusely in his “win” speech. Sessions is staunchly anti- foreign aid and, again, MAY contribute that “spend it at home” generic POV to the incoming admin. Less aid all around but also including Israel.

    C) Trump is definitely less beholden to monied interests generally. He won without them.

    Might mean everything. Might mean tinkering around the edges in the right direction. Might mean absolutely nothing. But some fundamentals are different this time.

    We’ll see.

    • Mooser
      Mooser
      November 11, 2016, 5:07 pm

      “C) Trump is definitely less beholden to monied interests generally. He won without them.”
      To American monied interests, that is. But some people are willing to take on the “Donald risk”

      • ritzl
        ritzl
        November 12, 2016, 9:30 am

        Hi Mooser. Maybe oldgeezer can weigh in on this but it didn’t seem to me that any of articles, including the Deutsche Bank one, showed Trump as underwater or catastrophically (such that he could be pressured by threatening to pull his loans) leveraged. Highly leveraged yes, but that may be the norm in a real estate/development biz. His income also appears to service his debt adequately (but not lucratively).

        Looked like if you discount his net worth claims by half he would [might] probably still be worth a $B, net. Is the risk of a deleveraging collapse of his biz “empire”/Trump “brand” an exploitable political vulnerability? That probably is a function of character so I guess we’re back at the beginning – many “senses” but who knows. Risky stuff.

        But he sure is an exaggerator and a contetious mofo in business as well. Also don’t have a clue how that plays out in governing.

        Cheers.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        November 12, 2016, 12:56 pm

        So what you’re saying is that Trump refuses to disclose his financial arrangements, in a way which is quite unprecedented for American Presidents, and also very suspicious? Yeah, I think so to.
        And oh yeah, since we don’t know what his finances are, we don’t know (and he says he won’t) if they are in a blind trust, will we?

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        November 12, 2016, 3:16 pm

        Of course, Hilary Clinton had her own e-mail server, and if wanting your own domain isn’t proof of megalomania, I don’t know what is.

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