Donald Trump may not be everyone’s cup of tea. But considering his far more solidly pro-Israel team, Republican commitment to repeal FATCA, Democratic unreliability towards Israel and Hillary’s deplorable Israel record (beyond her words), it’s not a close call.
There is a lot of George Bailey in America’s foreign policy DNA. And, like George, we’ve now seen in the Middle East the dystopia of a world in which we are absent.
Troubling as America’s apparent declare-diplomatic-victory-and-get-out approach to squandering Iranian sanctions may be, it is making other countries scramble to adjust. And that may prove useful, especially to Israel. Iran and America may have inadvertently done more to advance Mideast peace than all previous peace plans, conferences and initiatives combined. Continue reading
Obama’s waffling over the red line he himself painted cuts to the core of whether he can be relied upon to keep even his own commitments anywhere else–such as American peace process guarantees for Israel. Would you buy a used peace plan from this man?
The Obama administration has distinguished itself by innumerable calculated insults and slights designed to show “daylight” between Obama’s America and Israel. I ask those defenders of Obama’s Israel record: would you have a problem with the “opposite” of the following partial list of incidents?
In June, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney told an audience of Christian conservatives that he would do the “opposite” of what US President Barack Obama has done in terms of Israel. “I think, by and large, you can just look at the things the president has done and do the opposite.” Romney explained that his “overarching” message was that “I would not want to show a dime’s worth of distance between ourselves and our allies like Israel. If we have disagreements, we can talk about them behind closed doors. But to the world, you show that we’re locked arm-in-arm.”
Did anyone not understand what Romney meant? Continue reading