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Donald Trump yesterday bragged that he had blown off calls from world leaders before announcing that he was moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem in December 2017. Moving the embassy, he said, pleased his largest donors, Sheldon and Miriam Adelson: “the most important thing I think that’s ever happened in their life.”

Trump spoke to the Republican Jewish Coalition yesterday in Las Vegas, Nevada, and said he had bucked pressure that had stopped other US presidents.

I also took another historic action that had been decades in waiting, the United States recognized the true capital of Israel and opened the American embassy in Jerusalem. Because unlike other presidents, I keep my promises. Every president for many decades said they were going to do that and I understand really why because when it was determined that Maybe I’d do it, maybe there was a chance. The calls I got from leaders of other countries were unbelievable. Presidents, dictators, prime minister, kings, queens– everybody. My phone was ringing off the hook. So I knew I was going to do it, so I left a message. I said, “I’m going to call you next week.” They said couldn’t we speak to him. They said no no no he’s unavailable. They’ll call it lying, the fake news will say that’s a horrible lie. I wanted to be nice. No no I’ll call you next week, I look forward to it. I had so many calls after… It took me like three weeks to make all the calls.

But I knew what they were calling about. So I did it! I did it. Then I started calling people back. King, how are you, how have you been? [King] “I called you last week.” I said, What’s up? “Well I wanted to talk to you about Israel and the embassy in Jerusalem.” I said, Look, I’m sorry, it’s — chuckle –I wished I would have known! I did it yesterday. It’s much easier.

I now know why other presidents didn’t, I don’t really hold it against them other than they didn’t keep their promise. They didn’t keep their promise, David [Friedman]. So that’s the way it is.

We got you something that you wanted. I can tell you that Sheldon and Miriam, that is the most important thing I think that’s ever happened in their life. They love Israel.

The Adelsons and US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman were in attendance.

Back in 2015 Donald Trump said that Sheldon Adelson would make a “perfect little puppet” of Marco Rubio if Adelson funded Rubio’s campaign. Since then Trump and the Republican Party have gotten over 100 million dollars from Sheldon and Miriam Adelson and Trump fulfilled the prediction.

Near the start of the speech, Trump baited Rep. Ilhan Omar as someone who doesn’t like Israel even as she has received death threats. Trump worked the Democrats-hate-Israel theme:

The Democrats have even allowed the terrible scourge of anti-Semitism to take root in their party and in their country….

People aren’t fighting for Israel in Congress, large numbers of people. You saw what took place three weeks ago [Vote on BDS in the Senate]. It was shocking… That could not have happened just a few years ago…

If implemented, the Democrats’ radical agenda would destroy our economy, cripple our country, and very well could leave Israel out there all by yourselves. Can’t do that.

The speech was remarkable for Trump referring to Benjamin Netanyahu as “your  prime minister” — speaking to American Jews, thereby suggesting Jews have dual loyalty.

I stood with your prime minister at the White House to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

He said that the decision to recognize the occupied Golan Heights as Israeli territory, again defying world leaders, was also an impulse move, surprising even Ambassador David Friedman. Trump was on the phone with Friedman and Middle East peace negotiators Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt when he brought up the subject.

Fellows, do me a favor. Give me a little history, quick. Want to go fast. I got a lot of things I’m working on: China, North Korea. Give me a quickie…

I said, David, what do you think about me recognizing Israel and the Golan Heights. He said, Would you actually? And this is a great dealmaker… And he– this is a very strong ambitious guy, like a wonderful beautiful baby, he said, You would do that sir? I said, Yeah, I think I’m doing it right now, let’s write something out. We make fast decisions and we make good decisions.

I would note that Trump came under great pressure from the D.C. establishment, and some world leaders, when he said he was pulling troops from Syria, and he reversed that decision. But world leaders have opposed the Jerusalem decision and the Golan Heights decision, and he hasn’t reversed them. Those power dynamics show that the foreign policy establishment in the U.S., not to mention the donors, is still highly influenced by the Israel lobby, and so it supported the Jerusalem move or was equivocal about it. And supporters of Israel vehemently opposed the Syrian withdrawal out of concern for Israel. (As John Whitbeck has pointed out.)

The beginning of the speech was interrupted by young non-Zionist Jews. Here is video that IfNotNow posted of members disrupting the speech with the chant, “Jews are here to stay, occupation is a plague.”

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  1. Philip Munger on April 7, 2019, 11:24 am

    The President also said “I stood with your prime minister at the White House to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights. I have been hearing about [this] for a long time.”

    Trump was definitely “all about [supporting] the Benjamin” in this fundraising appearance.

    How long will it take for Sen. Schumer and Rep. Hoyer to call him out publicly on this?

    Not holding my breath.

    • Misterioso on April 8, 2019, 10:59 am

      @Philip Munger, et al

      For the record:

      The Jewish Community’s Harassment Problem
      Jewish Currents, April 4, 2019

      Posted by Catie Stewart

      “JEWISH COMMUNAL INSTITUTIONS AND NONPROFITS have a well-documented donor problem: a small group of older, white, conservative men provides almost all the funding for most Jewish organizations. You’ve probably heard their names: Kraft, Bronfman, Adelson, and Steinhardt, to list only the most prominent examples.

      “Dependence on mega-donors has wrought many negative consequences for Jewish life, but one in particular is that it clears the way for a toxic culture of sexual harassment. This was illustrated in stark terms by the recent story in the New York Times in which billionaire Birthright funder Michael Steinhardt was accused of sexual harassment by women in the Jewish non profit world, some of whom had been sent to him to raise funds.

      “This story had uncomfortable resonance for me. When I started out as an employee in a Jewish non profit, I was a 22-year-old recent college grad—the model young and engaged millennial Jew. I grew up in suburban Philadelphia, where I attended a Conservative synagogue and Zionist summer camps, eventually venturing to Israel for a gap year.

      “Everywhere, from camp to my gap year to my Jewish advocacy organization, staffers would always tell me how much funders loved to hear from and interact with young people. I was used to being trotted out for donors and instructed to schmooze and tell them how much I loved the program I was in, so they’d feel they’d made a good investment.

      “I never had to interact with someone with the clout of a Steinhardt or a Kraft. But I was frequently asked to put on this dog and pony show for wealthy donors, and in my years working for Jewish non profits and attending programs coordinated by them, I experienced behavior that ranged from plain sexism to outright sexual harassment. There was groping, there were inappropriate comments and questions about my body, and there were plenty of offensive sexist jokes. And of course, I frequently was on the receiving end of questions about ‘Jewish continuity’ that are at the core of our Jewish communal sexual harassment issue.
      These questions and comments ranged from ‘Are you married?’ or ‘Will you go out with me/my nephew?’ to ‘You seem like the right age to start having Jewish babies.’

      “When I joined the Jewish non profit world, I was shocked at how the donor-staff dynamic played out, as were many in my age cohort. We were even more shocked that the women who came before us seemed to be resigned to it. I heard countless horror stories from older female mentors and colleagues—particularly fundraisers—who had experienced sexual harassment for years from donors in the community and had nonetheless continued to build relationships with these abusers for financial purposes. We heard these stories, but we were also told that there was nothing to be done about it; our community’s future depends on donor largesse. To report a donor, or to cut off the relationship, we were told, would bring career, and even communal, harm.

      “It used to be the case that in the Jewish community, funding came from the actual community. You’d join a synagogue and pay dues, give a small sum annually to the Federation, and buy your niece a Hadassah lifetime membership for her bat mitzvah. But now, for many reasons, namely an increasing wealth gap as well as shifting financial priorities in the Jewish community, ordinary community members are giving less money to Jewish institutional life. This was illustrated in a recent study published by the Avi Chai Foundation, which also found that our community organizations increasingly rely on mega-donors to keep their doors open.

      “Harassment in the Jewish community—and everywhere—fundamentally stems from power imbalances that make those on the receiving end of this behavior vulnerable to those who are able to act inappropriately with no consequence. These imbalances are so often fueled by money—who has it and who needs it.

      “The prevalence of sexual harassment in our community is compounded by the fact that so much of this money goes towards supporting initiatives that encourage Jewish baby-making in service of the future of the Jewish people. Birthright is the prime example of this. Last year, Sarah Seltzer, writing for Jewish Currents, uncovered the ways in which Birthright has developed a toxic culture rife with sexual harassment and assault in no small part because of its implicit (and even explicit) emphasis on Jewish continuity and sex. It’s not surprising that these donors often feel ownership over our bodies. As they see it, they paid for us. The programs they’re funding have explicit agendas that essentially make intra-communal sex and reproduction a project deliverable.

      “I left the Jewish non profit world in part because I could no longer handle the frequent harassment from donors with whom I was forced to interact. I suspect that I’m not alone, that one of the reasons Jewish millennial women are backing out of Jewish communal life is because of the frequent harassment and the obsession with our bodies and reproduction.

      “I believe that the exposure of Steinhardt, one of the most powerful people in our community, is a hopeful sign. It’s true that we still haven’t seen much institutional change; many of Steinhardt’s myriad beneficiaries in our community have remained silent in the face of these accusations, and very few have refused donations or removed his name from their programs and buildings (including my alma mater, Brandeis University, which has a social research school named after Steinhardt). Nonetheless, I see change on the horizon. A major Jewish institution for college students, Hillel International, no longer accepts donations from the Steinhardt Foundation. I’ve also been encouraged to see senior employees at Jewish organizations speak out more than ever before about the harassment they’ve faced.

      “Bolstered by the #MeToo movement, women in the Jewish community are finally coming forward about their experiences. But in order to fix our community’s harassment problem, we’ll have to address its underlying allegiance to the funders, rather than the staff and community members who these institutions purport to serve. Every organization in our community must grapple with the question: What are you willing to sacrifice in order to stay open? What is the price you put on women’s bodies?

      “Again and again, my safety and autonomy as a Jewish non profit employee and program participant took a backseat to my organizations’ continued ability to fundraise from mega-donors. In order to stop hemorrhaging young women, and young people in general, the Jewish community must have its own internal reckoning on the price we pay when we put donor interests first.”

      Catie Stewart is a writer and community organizer based in San Francisco.

      • oldgeezer on April 8, 2019, 11:30 am

        wow… that is so horrid. Granted women face sexual assault or harrassment in all areas of life. Maybe someday that will change but it is the way it is.

        I’d never stand for someone close to me to have to go through that.

  2. Marnie on April 7, 2019, 12:19 pm

    It should have happened sooner, but tRUMP is responsible for deaths and death threats and is guilty of incitement. He didn’t get the response he wanted the first time he slandered Ilhan Omar, so he repeated himself – ‘she doesn’t love israel’. That’s a prerequisite now, is it? Nothing better happen to her, or anyone else he dog whistles about.

    On another note, adelson needs a wig. tRUMP followers are nothing but idolators.

  3. eljay on April 7, 2019, 1:31 pm

    When Donald “Grand Marshal of the Israeli Day Parade” Trump puts his mind to fellating the Zionist donkey, nobody blows it better (makes you feel sad for the rest).

    … The speech was remarkable for Trump referring to Benjamin Netanyahu as “your prime minister” — speaking to American Jews, thereby suggesting Jews have dual loyalty. …

    With friends like Zionists, Jews really don’t need enemies.

    • Marnie on April 7, 2019, 11:36 pm

      @eljay –

      The ‘your prime minister’ remark to american jews is incredulous; however, has ben shapiro shit himself about it? How about Bret Stephens? When is the blowback coming from that remark? If that doesn’t sound an alarm to american jewry, what will? A lot of them seem too focused on making the remarks of the only black, muslim, heejaab-wearing woman in congress, Ilhan Omar, the focus of their unbridled racism and hate, but the prez of the u.s. just claimed jews have dual loyalty to a room full of jews (although republicans, does that still count?).

      • eljay on April 8, 2019, 10:07 am

        || Marnie: @eljay –
        The ‘your prime minister’ remark to american jews is incredulous; however, has ben shapiro shit himself about it? How about Bret Stephens? When is the blowback coming from that remark? … ||

        It won’t because Trump is legitimizing Jewish / “Jewish State” supremacism and giving them what they want.

        || … If that doesn’t sound an alarm to american jewry, what will? … ||

        American Jewry isn’t alarmed because – according to Zionists – it is predominantly Zionist.

        Non-/anti-Zionist Jewish-Americans might be alarmed but they don’t matter because – according to Zionists – they’re just self-loathing (and maybe even Jew-hating) Jews.

      • Marnie on April 8, 2019, 12:02 pm

        As someone would say, SAD.

  4. JLewisDickerson on April 7, 2019, 2:17 pm

    RE: “I stood with your prime minister at the White House to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights.” ~ Trump

    ‘BING!’ – Trump says he made Golan decision after a quick history lesson | | April 7, 2019

    [EXCERPT] US President Donald Trump said on Saturday he made the controversial decision to recognise Israel’s 1981 annexation of the Golan Heights after getting a quick history lesson during a conversation on a different subject, reported Reuters.

    Speaking at the Republican Jewish Coalition gathering in Las Vegas, Trump said he made the snap decision during a discussion with his top Middle East peace advisers, including the US ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, and son-in-law Jared Kushner.

    “I said, ‘Fellows, do me a favor. Give me a little history, quick. Want to go fast. I got a lot of things I’m working on: China, North Korea. Give me a quickie,” Trump said to laughter from the Las Vegas crowd.

    “‘How do you like the idea of me recognising exactly what we’re discussing?’” said Trump, recounting the conversation.

    Trump, who typically demands short sharp briefings and is known for his colorful retelling of stories, said Friedman was shocked, “like a wonderful, beautiful baby,” and asked the President if he would actually do it.

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited Trump last month. At their March 25 meeting, Trump signed a proclamation officially granting US recognition of the Golan as Israeli territory, a dramatic departure from decades of US policy. The move, which Trump announced in a tweet days prior, was widely seen as an attempt to boost Netanyahu who is up for re-election on April 9. . .


    • JLewisDickerson on April 7, 2019, 2:54 pm

      “Trump says he made snap decision to recognise Golan Heights as Israel’s after ‘quick history lesson’ on Middle East” | By Andrew Buncombe | | April 7, 2019
      • US’s unilateral move triggered international condemnation

      [EXCERPTS] Donald Trump has claimed he made a snap decision to officially recognise Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, after receiving a “quick history lesson” on the Middle East. . .

      . . . Speaking on Saturday in Las Vegas at the Republican Jewish Coalition, a group backed by GOP mega donor Sheldon Adelson, Mr Trump said he made the decision very quickly. . .

      . . . The president claimed Mr Friedman, an arch supporter of Israel, was shocked, “like a wonderful, beautiful baby”, and asked if Mr Trump would actually do it. “I went – Bing! – it was done. We make fast decisions. And we make good decisions.”

      In late 2017, Mr Trump recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and the following year moved the US embassy there – something long requested by conservative Israelis and evangelical “End Time” Christians who believe Jesus Christ will appear on earth once Jewish people control the city.

      Those moves, and the recognition of the Golan Heights, were said to be among the primary wishes of Mr Adelson, 85.

      The Adelsons gave the Trump’s campaign $30m in 2016, according to the Associated Press. They followed that by contributing $100m to the Republican Party for the 2018 midterm elections.


    • CigarGod on April 7, 2019, 7:31 pm

      Old Don sure ain’t no King Solomon.
      He doesn’t even need to hear from both Mothers.

  5. Peter in SF on April 7, 2019, 6:41 pm

    You have a link that you label “[Vote on BDS in the Senate]“, but the linked article is about a Senate vote to suppress BDS. I don’t think there are any U.S. Senators who have come out in favor of BDS.

    Politico today has an article with the title “Pro-Trump Republicans plan big-money play for the Jewish vote in 2020“, where the writer tries to argue that the Republican Jewish Coalition is spending a lot of money to try to get Jewish votes. He quotes Ari Fleischer’s talking points about the large number of Jewish voters in Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Michigan, but then with that formality out of the way, he gets down to the real story of Jewish donors. Except that he only mentions a few megadonors and avoids the big picture of how much in political donations comes from Jews overall.
    Reading this article, one would get the impression that the only issue of particular concern to the American Jewish community is Israel. Well, that and some anti-Jewish protests like those in Charlottesville. Is that true? If you ask around most any other organized ethnic or religious community to see what that community’s particular political concerns are, I think they would come up with more than just relations with a foreign country and attacks directed specifically at their community.

    • wondering jew on April 7, 2019, 8:38 pm

      Peter in SF- I will give you the benefit of the doubt and answer you as if you are an innocent babe in the woods. Jews seldom vote based upon their foreign policy preference. I think a poll I saw said that 6% of Jews said they voted for Trump because of Israel. Which means that 94% voted for either Hillary (the overwhelming majority) or for Trump for other reasons. So in regards to voting patterns approximately 94% are voting for some political concerns other than a foreign country.
      In regards to Charlottesville, yes, it was disturbing that people were marching in the streets acting like neoNazis and saying “The Jews won’t replace us.” But jewish objections to the scum of the streets of Charlottesville extend beyond the hatred of Jews to other problems revealed by such attitudes. The hatreds that those people expressed were not limited to Jews but to a whole slew of wrong headed attitudes. For you to call objections to Charlottesville, “attacks directed specifically at their community” means that odds are you are not dumb, but actually evil. (I would say that such evil has no place here in the mw comments section, but that is obviously false. there is a fair mixture of evil and righteousness here. so if my assessment of your evil is accurate, you will find yourself plenty of like minded a**holes here.)
      In regards to large donors. Actually I do not know any large donors and I don’t know of any reliable polls regarding large donors, so it is difficult to tell.

      • Peter in SF on April 7, 2019, 9:31 pm

        wondering, I think you missed my words “Reading this article”, in reference to my link to Politico. I don’t think you even read the article. From both it and Phil’s description above, one would infer that the RJC believes that, to paraphrase Adelson and Saban, the American Jewish community is a one-issue community when it comes to politics, and that issue is Israel. Because, you know, if you’re trying to get political support from some community, the thing you do is show that you support that community’s political objectives. The only such objective mentioned here is supporting the Israeli government.

      • Mooser on April 7, 2019, 10:35 pm

        “Yonah”, how can you possibly say anything bad about Trump?

        Trump even has a grasp of the true nature of the relationship between Jews and Americans. He respects our ‘essential separateness’ and understands where our true loyalty lies.
        You should say a Brocha for him every day, “WJ”

        “I stood with your Prime Minister at the White House to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights.”

      • Misterioso on April 8, 2019, 10:16 am

        @wondering jew

        Speaking of “evil.”


        Sheldon Adelson, largest private financial contributor to Trump and the Republicans, and Haim Saban, top private contributor to the Democrats, have both called for Iran to be bombed. Adelson has called for an attack “with an atomic bomb.”

        Sheldon Adelson:

        Short video, Oct. 25, 2013, discussion between rabid Zionists, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach and Sheldon Adelson.
        Adelson declares – “Attack Iran with an atomic bomb”

        Haim Saban:

        Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Nov. 9/14
        WASHINGTON (JTA) — “Haim Saban, a top Democratic Party donor and backer of Hillary Rodham Clinton, slammed President Obama’s Iran strategy and advised Israel to bomb the ‘living daylights’ out of Iran if a nuclear deal with the major powers endangers Israel.

        “If Obama strikes a ‘bad deal’ with Iran in nuclear talks under way and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu assesses it as a deal that would put Israel at risk, ‘I would bomb the living daylights out of these sons of bitches,’ Saban said Sunday at the first conference of the Israeli American Council, an advocacy group he is helping to fund.”

        “The entertainment mogul for years has been close to former President Bill Clinton and his wife, who is considering a 2016 presidential run.”

  6. RoHa on April 7, 2019, 9:49 pm

    ‘The speech was remarkable for Trump referring to Benjamin Netanyahu as “your prime minister” — speaking to American Jews, thereby suggesting Jews have dual loyalty.’

    Not just dual loyalty. For BN to be their PM, they would have to be Israeli citizens.

    And since they are not in Israel, for the President of the USA to lay emphasis on their (implied) Israeli citizenship carries the suggestion that they are not US citizens. (For if they were, he would refer to them as such.)

    Now I don’t suppose for one minute that Trump consciously intended to say that American Jews are not Americans, but that is what he has done.

    • Kay24 on April 8, 2019, 12:44 am

      Good point RoHa, he simply proved that what Rep. Ilham Omar stated was correct. All Zionists consider Crooked Bibi, their president, and their American President simply a tool to get all the aid, and protection, from Uncle Sam.

      Hope my comma’s are in order. Heh.

      • Mooser on April 8, 2019, 11:21 am

        An apostrophe is just a comma which has gotten above itself.

      • Kay24 on April 8, 2019, 11:44 am

        Thanks for understanding Mooser, I like that. :))

      • RoHa on April 9, 2019, 2:18 am

        This means, Mooser, that Trump has rescued you from that terrible assimilation that George Washington imposed on you.

      • RoHa on April 9, 2019, 2:20 am

        It is bad manners to interrupt an apostrophe.

      • RoHa on April 9, 2019, 2:21 am

        And I again recommend Bob.

      • Peter in SF on April 9, 2019, 11:12 pm

        “I stood with your Prime Minister at the White House to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights.”

        When I watched Netanyahu’s address to Congress a few years back, I was so disappointed that when he said “we, the Jewish people”, the cameras didn’t pan to show us the faces of any of the Jewish members.

        Why didn’t they? Because the people who control what image is shown on TV knew that they’d be accused of anti-Semitism if they “singled out” Jewish members of Congress in this way. Even when the person addressing Congress is ostensibly talking about a group that includes them. If it were, say, a woman leader saying something like “We women know …, we women have been through …”, there wouldn’t have been a problem in zooming in on members of Congress who were women. But Jews …

        And contrast with the TV images of that infamous voice vote at the 2012 DNC on recognizing Jerusalem as undivided capital of Israel:
        The images we were shown focused on some Arab-Americans opposing the resolution, even though half, or probably more, of the voices in the hall were taking their side! The difference, of course, is that nobody who works in the media worries about losing their job by singling out Arab-Americans on an issue of concern to them.

  7. iResistDe4iAm on April 7, 2019, 9:59 pm

    Even when lying, Trump confirms the validity of Ilhan Omar’s recent statements.

    His “large numbers of people” claim is ludicrous — of the 535 members of Congress, there’s probably only a handful who “aren’t fighting for Israel”. In any case, the message is clear, Trump expects members of Congress to fight for only one foreign country, Israel. Of course Trump has never exhorted members of Congress to fight for any other country, not Russia, not Canada, not Britain, not South Korea, not Australia, nor any of the other members of the United Nations.

    “People aren’t fighting for Israel in Congress, large numbers of people” ~ Donald Trump ==> FALSE

    “I am told everyday that I am anti-American if I am not pro-Israel” ~ Ilhan Omar ==> TRUE

    “I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is okay to push for allegiance to a foreign country” ~ Ilhan Omar ==> TRUE

    • Marnie on April 7, 2019, 11:41 pm

      Proving another american right, that being the right of a white man or woman to say anything, no matter how biased, harmful, wrong, dangerous and inciteful and get away with it – even be elected to the highest office in that land. A non-white american can honestly question america’s very cozy, sick relationship with an apartheid state, and make those statements without malice, and is accused of hating america because if she hates israel (never said nor even implied) she automatically hates america and isn’t really american after all and wants sharia law in america and demand americans read the koran, learn arabic and watch out – she’s right behind you!

      • Peter in SF on April 9, 2019, 11:23 pm

        Proving another american right, that being the right of a white man or woman to say anything, no matter how biased, harmful, wrong, dangerous and inciteful and get away with it – even be elected to the highest office in that land.

        In his farewell address, the first person ever to hold that office got away with saying something much stronger than what Ilhan Omar did:

        a passionate attachment of one nation for another produces a variety of evils. Sympathy for the favorite nation, facilitating the illusion of an imaginary common interest in cases where no real common interest exists, and infusing into one the enmities of the other, betrays the former into a participation in the quarrels and wars of the latter without adequate inducement or justification. It leads also to concessions to the favorite nation of privileges denied to others which is apt doubly to injure the nation making the concessions; by unnecessarily parting with what ought to have been retained, and by exciting jealousy, ill-will, and a disposition to retaliate, in the parties from whom equal privileges are withheld. And it gives to ambitious, corrupted, or deluded citizens (who devote themselves to the favorite nation), facility to betray or sacrifice the interests of their own country, without odium, sometimes even with popularity; gilding, with the appearances of a virtuous sense of obligation, a commendable deference for public opinion, or a laudable zeal for public good, the base or foolish compliances of ambition, corruption, or infatuation.

  8. Kay24 on April 8, 2019, 12:40 am

    These young people are brave.Isn’t it ironic that Israel firsters are chanting “USA” in response?

    They are all there to show their devotion for Israel. If these were American Iranians, they would have been accused off being traitors, or unpatriotic.

  9. Ossinev on April 8, 2019, 8:23 am

    I am sure that at some point in his “speech” he also used the term “your country” when referring to Israel ? Perhaps I misheard ?

    One other thing which I have noticed with this infantile moron is that his “ham acting” rise and fall voice volume “technique” is becoming more pronounced(sic) Maybe his “ham acting” coach overdoing the coaching or it may just be that Dickhead Donald is just getting older and more tired and perhaps suffering from smartphone Twitter deprivation.

    I feel sorry for all those millions of truly democratic and patriotic Americans who have to live daily with the shame of having this excretion as their President. Hopefully for two more years only but sadly by then a lot of damage will have been done to America`s reputation and that will take some rebuilding.

  10. Kay24 on April 8, 2019, 8:52 am

    Looks like Beto criticizes Netanyahu harshly, but not Israel. I disagree with him that Israel is important to us.

  11. Misterioso on April 8, 2019, 10:34 am

    In the long run, it will be shown that the consequences of Trump and other American politicians pandering to fascistic “Israel” and vicious Zionist zealots like Sheldon Adelson in order to gain huge electoral financial backing will play a key role in an explosion of real anti-Semitism in the U.S. and abroad. I urge Jews everywhere to wake up. The writing is on the wall!!

    • Mooser on April 8, 2019, 11:25 am

      “will play a key role in an explosion of real anti-Semitism in the U.S.”

      My dear “Misterioso”, one could hardly call the social re-appraisal of an elite group “an explosion of real anti-Semitism in the US.”

    • amigo on April 8, 2019, 1:46 pm

      “The writing is on the wall!!” Misterioso

      Did you mean “Wailing Wall “??.

      I see a long future for the Wailing Wall as Millions of Zionist Jews beat their heads against it after the Bi National State ,(they created ) replaces their beloved Yisrael which will be consigned to the bin of history.

      The Bi national State will certainly have a bright future if only based on Tourism.

  12. Jejasalo on April 8, 2019, 12:25 pm

    Trump, like Netanyahu, is hastening Israel’s position as an outcast state. I doubt he can imagine how destructive these actions are.
    The US will have the distinction of being the world’s only super-power pariah, something that could have positive and negative repercussions.
    The more its actions alienate and anger other states, including allies, the bolder they may get in defying and condemning US policies.
    On the other hand, the more resistance to its global pressure and bullying increases, the more belligerent the US could become.
    Israel has openly bragged about its willingness to use the “Samson” option – to destroy itself by “going crazy” in the furious attempt to destroy its enemies.
    In Hebrew this is known as “nishtagea” (“we will go crazy”). It has biblical roots in the story of Samson in the Bible (Judges) who kills himself in the process of destroying the Philistines.
    My fear is that a United States, backed into a corner by global defiance, may follow suit — with its evangelical Zionists leading the way.

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