After all presidential contenders have spoken at AIPAC conference, it is clear only Donald Trump has a strategic vision that, while improving the leading role of the USA in the Judeo-Christian world, can significantly benefit the State of Israel.
It is easy to see if we compare the ideas on USA-Israel collaboration presented at the AIPAC conference by all four contenders – Hilary Clinton, John Kasich, Ted Cruz and Donald Trump.
All non-Trump contenders – Hilary Clinton, John Kasich and Ted Cruz – clearly understand the importance of the State of Israel in advancing strategic goals of the USA and of Israeli existence in the spiritual health of America. They proposed a variety of actions to help Israel to survive such as to provide Israel with the qualitative military edge over her potential enemies; to oppose any attempts by outside parties to impose a solution on Israeli-Palestinian coexistence; to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons aimed at destroying Israel; and so on.
However, the leitmotif of all those proposals is pessimistic: the Israeli-Palestinian situation cannot be changed, Israel is and will be always in danger – therefore, the USA under the Presidency of any of the three contenders is and will be ready to help Israel to survive.
Of course, among the three contenders John Kasich and Ted Cruz look much more trustworthy – under Hilary Clinton as Secretary of State working together with President Obama the Middle-East situation has become much more dangerous for Israel in spite all her proclaimed good intentions. However, what Hilary Clinton with John Kasich and Ted Cruz have in common is that none of them has a strategic vision on how to change the existing political situation in the world to end the discriminatory, biased and anti-Semitic treatment of Israel.
Donald Trump has it. His vision looks like the following.
- Islam as religious ideology is an adversary of the Judeo-Christian civilization where Israel belongs. We have to build our relations with Islamic countries based on this understanding – preventing mass Islamic immigration to the USA to reduce the probability of terrorism, applying economic pressure and demonstrating unquestionable military superiority to create a sort of “negative stimulus” for peaceful spiritual Islamic reformation.
The economic pressure and military superiority requires rebuilding the American economy. Just better management cannot improve it – the government should be sharply reduced in size, the taxation principles should be changed, the international money-losing trade agreements should be renegotiated and energy-independence policies should be introduced. Since Israel is a part of Judeo-Christian world, this strategic vision would improve international support of Israel in the Israeli-Palestinian confrontation.
- The United Nations should be treated as a hostile organization and all anti-Israel and anti-Christian proposals should be vetoed. This policy should politically benefit Israel since the majority of anti-Israeli movements are officially “blessed” by various UN organizations.
- Iran has to be confronted everywhere politically, economically and militarily – not negotiated with, since Iran is the chief instigator of major anti-American and anti-Israeli actions in the Middle East and in the entire world. Of course, that is what Israel is interested in because Iran is the greatest threat to the existence of the State of Israel. With this vision, Israel would be transformed from a recipient of the US military aid to an equal partner in the American-Israeli pro-Western defensive strategy.
The March 22, 2016 Brussels terrorist act is another proof of the validity of the Trump’s strategic vision of the world.
From the news media:
300 American rabbis, Jewish figures vow to boycott Trump’s AIPAC speech.
A group of American rabbis is planning to boycott an upcoming speech at the AIPAC conference by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
About 300 rabbis and other Jewish public figures, led by Rabbi David Paskin, have created a Facebook group named “Come Together Against Hate,” in which they called for a mass walkout during Trump’s speech.
Rabbi Erik Yoffie, a past leader of American Reform Judaism:
We have been urging rabbis to simply not attend the Trump speech and let our absence be felt and noted.
I am not surprised by the action of David Paskin. He advertises himself as a Rock N’Roll rabbi, and in this capacity his duty is to entertain and he intends to use the AIPAC conference for his own entertaining.
And I am not surprised by the action of Erik Yoffie as well – he has always followed the policy guidance of Democratic Party that has begun to realize that Donald Trump has a good chance to become an American President since he is supported by the non-racist and democratic “white” majority of the country.
The 300 number of boycotting rabbis and Jewish figures is relatively small as compared to the about 15, 000 of AIPAC Conference attendees. Nevertheless, I am surprised by their desire to join the boycott because this boycott is a sort of violation of Jewish Torah-based morality.
This point of view has nothing to do with personality of Donald Trump.
The Golder Rule of Judaism is clear – “That which is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow. That is the whole Torah; the rest is the explanation; go and learn it.”
We the Jews are always demanding from the others to give us the opportunity to present our point of view on everything including on the desirable Israeli-American relations. And suddenly, we want to deny Donald Trump a Golden Rule right to present his views on the desirable relations between USA and Israel.
We the Jews are demanding the end to the boycott of Israel by those who do not like Israel – because it is unethical and contrary to the Golden Rule. And suddenly, we call for an anti-Golden-Rule boycott of somebody even without presenting this somebody the opportunity to speak out.
That is one more illustration to the “tragic state of American Jewry” which was perfectly described by Caroline Glick in her paper “The Tragic State of American Jewry” and was detailed in my post “What to do with the Tragic State of American Jewry”.