12 February 2017


16 Shevat 5777

I have tried to sound the warning loud and clear, but I don't think anyone has been listening.

Donald J. Trump: Demagogue or Demigod?

With the impending first meeting between PM Netanyahu and US President Trump, which so many Jews have pinned their hopes on, only three days away, perhaps the truth will come clearer to those who lack foresight. I think we are going to find that we have just gone from the frying pan (Obama) into the fire (Trump). 

We can openly resist a publicly-declared enemy, but what to do with a "friend" like US President Donald Trump!?

Trump to Israeli paper: Settlements are ‘not a good thing for peace’

Settlements, Trump said, “don’t help the process.” He added: “Every time you take land for settlements, there is less land left. But we are looking at that, and we are looking at some other options we’ll see. But no, I am not somebody that believes that going forward with these settlements is a good thing for peace.”

...Trump was deadly serious when he vowed that “The United States will swiftly and completely destroy the Islamic State – ISIS.” He is proposing to embark on a herculean task that calls for a coalition of several armies and whose consequences are unforeseen.

...In addition to their combined war on ISIS, the US president is adamantly demanding that his designated allies come together to rid Syria, Iraq and Yemen of Iran’s military presence. This would require the overwhelming military presence in the Middle East of the combined might of the US, Russia, Turkish, Saudi and Egyptian armies.

...Netanyahu will find the US president fully conversant with the Iranian threat to Israel. But he will also need to understand that there is a new way of doing business in Washington:

1. Trump sets his own order of priorities and will not be swayed by Israel.
2. He will always demand a quid pro quo for his cooperation.
3. He will get straight down to brass tacks, namely, a direct question: What are Israel and the IDF prepared to contribute to his prime objective of destroying the Islamic State?

The prime minister will no doubt reply that Israel already contributes intelligence and other forms of assistance to the international war on Islamist terror. However, he will almost certainly find that this does not satisfy his host, who will ask for more direct Israeli military involvement in the campaign against ISIS. Trump will point to the precedent of 2006, when Israeli special operations officers and soldiers took part in the fighting in Iraq.

Since the president intendeds for Saudi, Emirates and Egyptian troops to join his campaign against ISIS, he envisages their armies fighting shoulder to shoulder with the IDF and so providing an opening for diplomacy towards am Israeli-Arab peace accord.

Trump is holding in abeyance for a number of weeks his decision about transferring the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Meanwhile, he will expect to come to terms with Netanyahu on a US-Israel formula for the future of Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria, just as the late Ariel Sharon struck a deal with Bush.

As the old saying goes, with "friends" like this, who needs enemies? That's why Israel must remain "friendless" save for HKB"H!!