Trump–The Wrong Man at the Right Time for Israel


The Israeli-Palestinian conflict indeed needs a new paradigm, but Trump’s first few days in power indicate that even as president he won’t be very different from Trump the candidate.

Avi Shilon, Haaretz

It’s interesting to see that beneath the Israeli government’s enthusiasm about Donald Trump is fear, and not of the possibility that Trump will change colors and take a businesslike approach to Israel, but rather that his first days in power indicate that even as president he won’t be very different from Trump the candidate.

The fear actually derives from the expectation that he will indeed turn out dedicated to Israel and do everything he said he would. Amid reports that the U.S. administration is considering moving its embassy to Jerusalem, Benjamin Netanyahu is playing down his aspirations on this issue. What’s more, it was recently reported that the prime minister has met with the security chiefs to discuss possible scenarios of an eruption.

Netanyahu has also asked to defer the suggestion to annex the settlement Ma’aleh Adumim, which even prime minister-hopeful Yair Lapid supports. Not by chance. Netanyahu knows what right-wingers know deep in their hearts: It’s easy to spread illusions about the territories and rely on players like the Obama administration as an explanation for preventing annexation.

Actually, Israel needs a moderating U.S. administration with the power to mediate. If not, the lie will be revealed: Israel, even with the support of the superpower − which could lose its influence as long as it’s ruled by someone who promises to make it great again − won’t survive in the region if it follows a belligerent and unilateral policy.

Therefore the irony is that Trump won’t turn out to be the savior of the right, but its punishment; after all, a zeal for land can only exist as long as it’s unattainable. Netanyahu is proud, and rightly so, about the relations he has nurtured behind the scenes with Sunni Arab countries. But the Saudis, Egyptians, Jordanians and of course the Palestinians won’t accept a unilateral annexation of land, and certainly not with the change in Jerusalem’s status. And a confrontation with the Islamic world over the holy of holies is something even the United States can’t save Israel from.

Trump, it’s already clear, isn’t stupid. He was elected not only as a demagogue but because he identified some of the faults of liberalism and ailments of the American system today. In his inaugural address, he cleverly focused on promises to work for “the people” − that is, the average American. While the liberal narrative concentrated on defending minority rights, a “deprived majority” was created − the neglected lower-middle classes.

There is cleverness even in the words of the president’s adviser that the fraudulent announcement about the crowd size at the inauguration should be understood as “an alternative fact.” Indeed, the mainstream media’s stressing the low turnout could be changed into stressing the clear Republican victory in the actual election. Hence, “alternative fact” is also a complex subject.

Still, Trump is good at identifying problems but poor at solving them. His promise to keep factories in the United States is a good idea that doesn’t fit with the reality of a global economy and neoliberal policy. No plant would survive if it operated contrary to market conditions as long as there hasn’t been a drastic change in the world economy of the type Bernie Sanders has suggested. And Trump, who made his fortune by exploiting the principles of neoliberalism, isn’t ready for that.

The conflict also needs a new paradigm. But it’s strange to think that unilateral support for the Israeli right wing’s aspirations will renew the road to peace.

Trump is the wrong man at the right time. His tenure will be helpful in making Republicans and enthusiastic Israelis realize that reality is more diverse than his vocabulary.

  1. #1 by TonyFromIN on 01/28/2017 - 9:34

    The entire Congress is owned ‘lock, stock and barrel’ by Israel. That is Israels end-game on getting rid of Trump, via impeachment. That way, they can get ULTRA-Zionist Pence in there.

  2. #2 by squodgy on 01/28/2017 - 9:34

    Just a bit of dot joining for Mark.

    The Trump family bought the most expensive single building ever purchased in the United States, at 666 Fifth Avenue, a street symbolic of money (Mammon), materialism, excess, hubris and power.
    As reported by The New York Times, the Trump family paid $1.8 billion for the most expensive American building (18 = 3*6 = 666), which is owned through Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner.
    The information above is confirmed by the website of the Kushner Companies, on the 666 Fifth Avenue link.
    As reported by, the Trump family is also in the process of building a $666 million tower at One Journal Square. According to and Jersey City Upfront, the height of the tower will be 666 feet.
    The financing for the One Journal Square tower has been arranged through Santander Bank (no kidding!). You can easily confirm these details with Google searches.
    Another Trump Fifth Avenue property, the famous Trump Tower, is 203 meters tall according to multiple reports. And 203 meters = 666 feet.
    Trump lives in a gold-and-diamond-encrusted penthouse on the Trump Tower’s 66th floor, complete with paintings of Apollo and erotic statues of the pagan Greek sex god Eros and his consort Psyche.
    Donald Trump inherited his grandmother’s real estate empire when she died on June 6, 1966 = 6-6-6. Her name was Elizabeth Christ Trump.

    ed note–sorry but these ‘dots’ as you refer to them ‘join’ nothing. It looks like some nonsense one would find on a ‘Sandy Hook Hoax’ website or some other nonsense cobbled together by someone with an over-developed appetite for bullshit and sensationalism than for factual, reality-based reasoning and analysis.

    Let me guess–From David Icke’s website?

  3. #3 by squodgy on 01/28/2017 - 9:34

    I’m really hoping Mark can now see Donny’s totally on board with israel.

    ed note–and I am supposed to take this seriously, from someone who believes that Trump is somehow the anti-Christ because he inherited his grandmother’s fortune on June 6, 1966?

    Yet another glaring example as to why the general public does not take the ‘truth’ movement seriously and why we stand little to no chance whatsoever of effecting any kind of real, necessary change vis a vis the impending consummation of the world. Too many computers, too many opinions, too many talkers and not enough listeners and thinkers.

  4. #4 by Isaac on 01/28/2017 - 9:34

    I hope Donald Trump keeps his promise to work for “America First”, not for ISRAEL first as the past Administrations have done. The president can work as much as he want to for one objective but remember that Congress and the Senate are all for Israel. There are drastic things that need to be done in order to achieve “America Great Again”. Nationalize the banking industry, the news media, make AIPAC and all the Jewish Organizations to register as Foreign Agencies and start paying taxes. Etc,,,

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