Beyond the Cusp

March 20, 2017

Why President Trump Cannot Win

 

Before we start the actual article, we would like to mention and give our respect and condolences to all who are feeling the loss of Chuck Berry. The man was a Rock-n-Roll icon to four generations and his concerts later in his life while he was in his 70’s would draw everything from teenagers to silver haired ladies and all would rock right along as one. The man was also an example of how one should live their lives. His life was dedicated to his music, his fans, married to the same woman his entire life, did not abuse drugs, did not drink and was a man who attended church and truly lived a well-mannered life. We wish to respect his life and mourn a world which has lost a truly great man.

 

 

President Trump has all the power and can do anything he desires. This is the fear mongering we read in the newspapers all too often and hear from the leftists in full panic attack as they no longer control the White House. After eight years of a Progressive Democrat following eight years of a Progressive Republican which followed eight more years of a Progressive Democrat the left and the Progressive right are in a panic. They really should calm themselves as President Donald Trump is a fellow Progressive in many ways even if those he has appointed to some very important posts are not such. Look at those posts and one should be glad that he has put unemotional purists in the slots dealing with national security, the military, counter terrorism, homeland security, intelligence position and such which protect America and the free world. Thus far the most counter progressive appointment he made has been Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court and his main offense has been refusing to make law by interpreting the law to meet supposed modern sensitivities and instead simply applying the law. This has put Senator Schumer’s panties in a bunch and sent him screaming into the halls of the Senate rallying the troops. But we can expect this for every nominee which President Trump puts forth for position on any bench and perhaps people should remind Senator Schumer that it was President Obama who appointed Judge Neil Gorsuch to his current position. But Senator Schumer is far from the main opposition President Trump is facing.

 

President Trump is facing a hostile media which currently he is enjoying the threat and has turned much of the confrontation to his benefit, but that cannot last. The media enjoys strong allies placed throughout the nation in the form of entertainment media, their secret weapon. As television, music, movie and other entertainment venues slowly chip and pick at the position of the President and make jokes about his every miscue these things pile up and with time begin to affect the thinking of many Americans. Slowly they will ebb away at his support and make him appear buffoonish and even stupid and uneducated which will erode faith in his ability to make wise choices. As such, they will have him at a disadvantage within a couple of years and may make his reelection all but impossible. President Trump very likely will not even seek reelection as if there is a strong sense of doubt that he could win no matter who the Democrats put forth or that the Republicans themselves may try to unseat him in the primaries, he may decide that with such disregard for his efforts, why bother. But even all of this is not his greatest opposition.

 

President Trump’s greatest opposition is the government itself. While we have been asleep since about 1965 the government has grown to the point where the elected politicians do not even make the laws any longer, that has been relegated to the unelected bureaucrats. When the House of Representatives or the Senate write a piece of legislation it defines the end results they wish to see. This gets tossed around and watered down until it really means absolutely nothing at all, it just has some feel good phrases and soundbites which can be used in their reelection campaigns and some high-minded and altruistic goal in the title and otherwise is an empty shell. The only exceptions are military budgets and tax legislation where they say exactly what the lobbyists and the Generals desire most. These other empty titles are passed off with the same phrase that the Secretary of one of the many Cabinet positions used so their assistants and their assistants and on and on to fill in the legislation with the regulations necessary to accommodate the desired meaning of the bill. Now these Cabinet Secretaries are not about to spend their time weaving these bills into operative and meaningful actions as they are mostly there to oversee that things get accomplished. To that end they will slide this off on some high ranking bureaucrat responsible and presumably knowledgeable to flush everything out who passes this off to some of their underlings on down until it reaches somebody who has nobody else to pass it to or until someone feels like this is their ticket to the top and the regulations are written and the wheels of government continue to grind, the people they presumably serve, into dust. New rules are issued and eventually someone runs afoul of one of these regulations which most never knew existed but somebody inevitably gets caught in the wheels of the legislative and regulatory nightmare.

 

Any hope that President Trump believes he has for changing government will get lost somewhere deep inside the legislative machinery which now employs almost one in fourteen Americans (the number is higher if you count only working Americans, it more than doubles to 16.7 percent of the U.S. workforce). The government workers union, American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), was actually heavily invested in the reelection campaign for President Obama though they did so outside of the view of the media. The government, especially the Federal Government, is filled with people who are ardent Democrat supporters and are fully indoctrinated in liberal ideology. This has been further enforced through selective hiring and as the most dangerous time in a government worker’s career are the first few years, the years when they can be fired or removed through a reduction in force (RIF) directive where the department head is to remove people with the most recent hire first and in reverse order with an exception that if they can find a nonessential position where two people are performing a similar job for which only one is necessary, then the more junior person can be let go. This second means is another means whereby an identified conservative will be fired despite the many protections government workers enjoy. There is another way such an employee can keep their position but that requires approvals and other means whereby they push a person with less time in government out in their place and many are reluctant and prefer just finding a real job, as they would phrase it. These are the people who started the idea that it takes three government workers to do a single job equivalent to the same job in the real world. Is it true? Who knows, no such study has or ever will be permitted to be performed. Having resided in Washington D.C. and having been married to an employee of our Federal Government, I refuse to answer because the government has such long arms and is run by just such persons. Changing or removing some of, if not most, of these people is near impossible as this video explains to some extent.

 

 

 

Percentage of American Population Working for Government by Year

Percentage of American Population Working for Government by Year

 

The problem is not entirely in the government though that is where President Trump will find the greatest resistance and the perversion of everything he believes he has achieved unless he can persuade the Congress to actually write the entirety of the law and not leave it to the government machine to define the rules. Did I mention that this will never happen? The problem actually starts far earlier than with the government. It starts with the education system and from the earliest grades. We hear about the rare teacher who spouts out their political feelings and denounces President Trump, President Bush or whatever politician, usually a Republican. Do such denunciations ever target a Democrat? Great question and an example would be greatly appreciated. The reality is that many parents do not ask their children what happened or what they learned in school and when they do the child often shrugs or says, “Nothin’ much” and it gets dropped at that. If their child did grace them with an example, it would likely be the one thing they did learn and remember learning, but much of learning is more subtle, closer to subliminal. It is the subliminal education which often is the most permanent and where indoctrination does its damage. The textbooks are often written by academics that also have a left leaning slant and outside of the hard sciences there is much room for the soft indoctrination from the left in their education and through their societal influences. This is what has led to the “safe spaces” and the disinviting of conservative speakers or the outrageous actions such as the recent events at Middlebury College or University of California Berkley where students basically rioted and at one location severely injured one of the professors who was assigned to moderate the talk. These actions and the rioting in many cities where law enforcement was instructed to back off and give the rioters both in the cities and colleges the room required for them to express their outrage was an outrage in itself. Is this to be the face of the new world where hooligans are permitted freedom to destroy property and injure those with whom they feel have no right to any contrary opinion, or even who are accused of having a contrary opinion? If this is the way of the society in the West, then we can be assured that the West is going to fall. This is uncivil behavior and no civilization can survive when incivility becomes an acceptable means of expression. Such permissiveness and a government which with continued growth could reach an unsupportable size are reasons that Europe is failing and could become a critical problem for the United States as well.

 

There is one last item which could also cause the end of Western civilization, its inability to defend itself. The United States is still the world’s greatest super power, but that is not guaranteed for the future. It was not all that long ago when Great Britain was the great power and before them France and even Spain and they all proved, as if Rome had not done so before them, all super powers finally fall. Going back even further there were Greece, Persia, Babylon, Egypt, Hittites, China, India and even Siam. Having great power is not a guarantee of continued power. That requires dedications, vigilance and the desire to continue to bear the costs of such preeminence. Such costs continue to rise as weapon systems grow ever more complex and research takes greater scientific knowledge which brings us back to education, in this case the hard sciences, an area of endeavor which remains the most challenging and the less inclined rarely venture into these waters. Without an expressed importance placed on such study, it falls by the wayside as does military power which is not properly stressed and thus funded. The problem comes when a society gains so large a cost of social spending, particularly welfare spending and retirement promises where recipients don’t or no longer replace revenues into the system, exceeds the limitations of taxes and other revenues that the military becomes an expense no longer afforded. This is a prospect which the guaranteed minimum wage, especially as a livable wage, makes an even more dire situation and brings the choice as a sooner onset rather than a later one. There is a development which if technology continues at its current rate of increase will make these two situations collide and force a complete revamping of revenue enhancing streams as otherwise the governments will financially collapse. Eventually these advancements will make work more of a hobby which select groups will dedicate themselves towards while the majority of the population will do as they see fit and be permitted such by the advances of technology. That, perhaps, should be a future article leaving us to conclude on that sweet note.

 

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January 14, 2017

Paris Conference in Paris and Inevitable Challenges

 

Tomorrow, Sunday January 15, 2017, will be a date that will start the cause of infamy when seventy nations convene in Paris, France to craft the future war in the Middle East. The organizers of this confab have already met with Mahmoud Abbas and his terrorist supporters and carefully created the closest they dare go in granting the Arab Palestinian Authority their wildest desires, the end of Israel. They will give the Arab world the one item they have hoped for ever since they fought the June 5 – 10, 1967, Six Day War; a redo from the original borders. The seventy nations will include the United States which will be represented by President Short Term Barack Obama’s puppet and lackey, Secretary of State Kerry who was instrumental in meeting with Abbas in Nablus to craft the finalization of the formation of a new Arab nation named Palestine cut from the legal borders of Israel as per more treaties than we care to list again, the League of Nations, the Mandate System and Article 80 of the UN Charter which binds the world to that very Mandate System which set the eastern Israeli border as the Jordan River. Also included among the nations and others joining the United States and France will be European Union Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini, a representative of the United Nations, many Foreign Ministers from European nations, a number of the Sunni Arab nations high representatives, advisors from numerous anti-Israeli NGO’s for a reasoned flavor of authenticity and fairness and various other national representatives to round out the merry band of vigilante diplomacy. The truth be told, this is an internationally prearranged lynching where under the direction of France, the United States President and his State Department, the European Union, selected leftist pro-Palestinian Arab nations and the usual anti-Israel third world nations being brought together to give the feel of an authentic and reasoned conference which has the backing of the world and thus is really dispensing justice. Israel has denounced this conference knowing that the final decision has already been set in cement and left to dry.

 

Protesters in support of Palestinians in Gaza last weekend displayed a swastika at a Paris rally. The demonstration had been banned by the government and prompted deployment of police.

Protesters in support of Palestinians in Gaza
last weekend displayed a swastika at a Paris rally.
The demonstration had been banned by the
government and prompted deployment of police.

 

There is little left to chance and the only item which will be decided at the conference is how long they will appear to debate and deliberate before all but unanimously approving the pre-prepared proposition for an “equitable” resolution to the Arab-Israeli conflict, the misnamed Palestinian-Israeli conflict as the Palestinian Arabs are simply the bludgeon with which the Arab world had attempted for years to beat Israel into submission and return them to the pre-June 1967 borders, press Israel back within the 1949 Armistice Line also referred to as the Green Line. After the ill-fated October 6–25, 1973, Yom Kippur War where the Arab allies of Egypt and Syria believed they would be able to defeat Israel if they caught them completely unprepared for an attack. Their plan worked as they caught Israel literally deep in prayers and unaware and unable to recall their military as the soldiers were in Synagogue and all transportation and communications were all either closed or in holiday mode. Eventually the Israelis cobbled together their units and survived. What was learned that month was had Israel not still held the Sinai Peninsula and Judea and Samaria (West Bank) and should there have been additional forces attacking from Judea and Samaria backed by other Arab nations with Israel within the pre-June 1967 borders, the Arabs would have had a very good chance of being in Tel Aviv under similar conditions of surprise. The first and most vital need for an Arab victory and the erasure of Israel is to force Israel back behind the Green Line. The next requirement is for a heavily armed and ready force within Judea and Samaria. With such in place the Arab assault to eradicate Israel would be assured. Such an assault would be initiated with rockets fired from the Judean Hills overlooking central Israel. These rockets would initially be a few the first week and a slow ramping with accuracy guaranteed by having direct visual ranging from the Judean cliffs and the world cautioning Israel to remember the peace agreement and not to react harshly. Israel would be condemned as foolish for any concerns and would be told that the government of “Palestine” was not behind the attacks and was doing everything possible to apprehend those responsible and were very concerned that Israel might react foolishly and hold them responsible for these horrific attacks. The United Nations would call emergency meetings which would issue warning after warning to Israel not to take matters into its own hands as doing so would break the Israeli obligation from the Paris accords which were confirmed and formed the core of the UNSC Chapter Seven Resolution establishing the independent state of Palestine. The shrillness of the warnings coming from the UN, the EU and even from the United States should somebody of a similar viewpoint as President Obama be elected, an eventuality which will come to pass, and various NGO’s, Human Rights Organizations and possibly through decisions from the World Courts all condemning Israel even before she has taken any defensive actions. The one item that must be recalled is that Israel is not permitted to defend herself, Israel if defending herself may not prove victorious, at the first signs of an Israeli victory the fighting must be terminated and the original borders reestablished no matter how long it takes (as is becoming all too evident currently) and finally when Israel is proving victorious then it becomes the vital mission of much of the world to threaten Israel with annihilation if they do not cease winning and return to their borders immediately.

 

So let us get back to Paris and the conference of the damning. The prearranged findings will call for the establishment of the Arab state of Palestine with the borders that the world realizes is the only proper and inevitable borders, the Green Line and the Jordan River. The call will be for an unarmed Palestine with only a security force having weapons necessary for dealing with crime and for preventing any encroachment or invasions by Israel. As time passes the amount of weaponry required for the security of Palestine will include armor, artillery, rockets and an air force. They would also call for their having a navy with aircraft carriers except the Dead Sea and Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) are just too small to require any naval forces, but a small coast guard might be authorized to patrol the Jordan River as well as these other waterways. Simply stated, within a decade, two at the most, the Arab state of Palestine will be better armed than Jordan, something which will rightfully make the King of Jordan very nervous as he recalls the Black September revolt where the PLO attempted to overthrow the Jordanian government. Meanwhile, Israel will be in mortal danger and likely once again without a friend in the world. Much like the position Israel finds herself in until January 20, 2017 at noon Eastern Standard Time when President Obama gives way to President Trump.

 

The one saving hope from a world gone mad is that the Paris ambushing of Israel takes longer than five days and the protection of a United States veto returns to the Security Council. Should the protagonists in France complete their dirty work before the morning of January 20, 2017, then there is a possibility of the UNSC officially recognizing Arab Palestine with the Green Line as its western border and forcing close to a million Israelis to become refugees instantly and needing to be rescued by the IDF and escorted to safety. The one item that would be considered fighting words is if the Paris ensemble tries to take any part of Jerusalem from Israeli control. Israel has officially annexed all of Jerusalem and granted its Arab citizens Israeli identification papers, medical coverage and permitted them voting rights in local elections with the possibility for full voting rights once they complete certain requirements to qualify as full citizens. Israelis have accepted that Jerusalem is an integral part of Israel and our reclaiming of our eternal Capital City and that is the one thing which will never change. This is something which must be made clear as well as making the Israeli position on the main cities and residential blocks which must remain part of Israel as even under the Oslo Accords Area C was to remain with Israel.

 

Despite it becoming clear that the entirety of the Oslo Accords was a ruse, a grand deception designed to allow for the slow and eventual erosion of the right of Israel to even exist within any borders. That eventuality has yet to materialize but not for lack of efforts. The BDS, boycott, divestment and sanction, movement developing from the Arab boycott of Israel and their Khartoum Resolution with the three No’s; no peace with Israel, no recognition of Israel, no negotiations with Israel, and spreading throughout the world and gaining traction numerous college campuses in the Western World, the isolation of Israel was looking to make inroads. Within the past year the BDS has seen setbacks as governments in numerous cities and states in the United States and elsewhere, it required a boost which came almost as if scripted by some unseen director with the recent UNSC Chapter Six Advisory Resolution 2334 which declared that Israel had no legal claims to Area C thus voiding UNSC Res. 242 and the Oslo Accords setting an entirely new perception to the eventual resolution of the Arab-Israeli conflict. President Obama through the backdoor arrangement of UNSC Res. 2334 wording and particular specification delineating the abrogation of all Israeli rights presumably on the international stage, the world has set up a situation where another war is all but guaranteed in the Middle East unsettling any semblance of balance and leeway for actual negotiations to take place. The next step, should this procedural intention play out fully, would be to demand that Israel surrender every inch of lands they gained during their defensive efforts in the Six Day War. The world is treading on thin ice and teetering on the edge of falling through and unless in Paris a miracle occurs and the world decides to step away from the insanity and frantic attempts by President Obama to force a resolution which will only set up a situation with no good solution just to pretend he deserved that Nobel Peace Prize. It is borderline insanity to potentially force a predicament which could result in a dangerous faceoff between the United Nations Security Council, Israel and the viability and enforcement of President Obama taking a final shot in his vendetta against the Jewish State which it appears his aim had been its destruction from day one. That is the only way his frantic end of term insanity forcing solutions where none exist as well as his guaranteeing that Iran will become a nuclear armed nations with as many if not more nuclear weapons than all but the big three, United States, Russia and China, and possibly Iran will make that the big four and the world will live on borrowed time thereafter. Oh what has the world wrought and how can that tension be released peaceably? Perhaps it cannot and the result will become the real legacy for President Obama. Too bad so few might survive that legacy should it really turn for the worst. But then again, transforming the United States, specifically its relationship with the Jewish State, with Israel, has been the aim all along and was likely the most prominent piece of America Barack Hussein Obama had intended to mortally wound from the very start. He sure went after this first, last and consistently the hardest.

 

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December 23, 2016

Jerusalem Challenge for New President Trump

 

Bill Clinton and George W. Bush but not Barack Obama had promised while campaigning to move the United States Embassy to Jerusalem, like Donald Trump, but all three were consistent in signing the waiver every six months at the advice and under pressures of their own State Department taking advantage of a compromise between the Administrative wing and Congress which had the waiver placed in the original Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 which was also due to overt State Department pressures intervening in Congressional actions. The one constant has been the State Department insistence that moving the United States Embassy to Jerusalem as called for in the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 would result in unrepairable damage to American credibility in the Middle East, troubles with European nations, potential sanction from the United Nations and international ramification unpredictable in their severity and potentials for violence. It is nice to know there are fiction authors working in the State Department who can invent horror stories based on their hatreds for the Jewish State. This is the result of the Arabization of the United States Department of State. This is the Department of State which advised President Truman against voting for statehood for Israel and advised against recognizing Israel or even having an Embassy in Israel then demanding the Embassy be placed in Tel Aviv and never moved to Jerusalem, advised President Eisenhower to press Israel to return all lands gained during the Suez conflict where Israel allied with France and Britain over the theft and nationalizing of the Suez Canal by Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser in 1956, advised Presidents Johnson, Nixon and Carter to have Israel return all lands gained from their defensive war against Egypt, Syria and Jordan during the June 1967 Six Day War especially the Sinai Peninsula again until Israel did so on their own when making peace with Egypt. This Egyptian-Israeli peace was almost destroyed by President Carter and the State Department trying to include Israel returning the Golan Heights, Judea, Samaria, Gaza (which Egypt had already denied to have returned) and half of Jerusalem as part of making peace with Egypt. Fortunately Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin stuck to their agreements presenting a unified refusal to the American demands finally forcing President Carter to accept the original agreement reached between the two leaders and give up doing additional damage to Israel because he thought he could force such through pressure and meddling. The State Department has supported every Palestinian claim while condemning Israel regularly in press releases as well as recommendations to Presidents and Congress. Their pressing for never moving the Embassy to Jerusalem is simply another standard of State Department malice towards Israel and her people.

 

President Obama just recently signed yet another six month waiver of moving the Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem leaving the funding already allocated in limbo. With a waiver in place, one can expect the State Department to raise a full court press to make the waiver equate to a ban, not something which President Donald Trump can simply cast aside and move ahead with his announced plans to finally recognize the Israeli Capital City of Jerusalem with the jewel of the United States Embassy sitting in the city of King David, the city where King Solomon built his Temple and finally where an American can lead the world by placing their Embassy in Jerusalem at last. President Trump can expect a full court press to prevent his making good on his campaign promise with not only his own State Department but pressures from many heads of state from Europe, the Arab world, Russia and leftists worldwide. There will be demonstrations across Europe and the major cities in the United States and who knows what levels of violence will be wrought against moving the Embassy to Jerusalem and actually recognizing the actual declared capital of Israel since 1950 and the establishment of a secure State of Israel after the new nation surviving eighteen months of genocidal war waged against the nascent nation by more than a half dozen national armies attempts to destroy the nations of a Jewish State in the Middle East. The naming of Jerusalem as the capital city of the Jewish State was not a surprise as Jerusalem was also the capital city in the times of King David and King Solomon and where King Solomon built his Temple and where the Second Temple was built and where, Hashem willing, the final Temple will be erected in our lifetime. Once the United States has moved their Embassy to the city where it belongs, Jerusalem, then the rest of the world will have one less reason for refusing to move their embassies as well.

 

Move American Embassy to Jerusalem

 

The resistance to President Trump moving the Embassy to Jerusalem will be legion. The New York Times will be just the foremost newspaper writing horror stories and editorials denouncing this dangerous and threatening change of policy. Change of policy by doing exactly as Congress demanded with overwhelming majorities over a decade ago and only delayed by the pressures and invented horrors from the State Department and less than confident holders of the highest office in the land, or their animosity whether conscious or subconscious. There will be every form of resistance and roadblocks thrown up by the State Department using everything in their arsenal. There will be the aforementioned demonstrations around much of the world. There will be threats from virtually every Muslim nation on the planet. The European leftist leaders will go positively apoplectic with many having seizures and possibly entering comas as the actual move approaches. There may even be some military ranking officers protesting that such a move endangers American forces in many parts of the world. Our advice would be to pull such troops from supporting whomever or whatever they are supporting unless it is a vital American interest, and for those troops, send copious reinforcements. Perhaps the best plan would be to make careful and behind the scenes verifications of the American Consulate building as to its viability to be used as the Embassy for an interim period while a new building, if required, is constructed. This may require moving the consulate personnel to Tel Aviv and allowing them to use the old Embassy building as the Tel Aviv Consulate of the United States. This will cause some interruption in the use of the Jerusalem Consulate for the United States as the unofficial de-facto Embassy to the Palestinians as it has been utilized for the past decade or so. This was evident in what has been declared as Israeli settlers attacking American consulate personnel and their convoy. The attack was in response to an attempt set up by consulate officials with Palestinian instigators attempting to force entrance to settlement without identifying as American personnel. When challenged, some of the consulate officials drew weapons and as they left their vehicles had stones thrown at them. This was used by a vast array and the State Department to crucify Israel and the settlers. The American consulate in Jerusalem has become a tool in many cases for the war against Israeli possession of any lands beyond the Green Line and a cog in State Department attacks on Israeli policies including the annexation of East Jerusalem. The State Department will also not enjoy losing what has become their advance base against Israeli settling in East Jerusalem.

 

The world reaction aside, the State Department aside, even congressional resistance and newfound regret over their actions of the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 as Israel over the last decade has become a partisan issue with the political left abandoning support for Israel as they find it just a little too Jewish. This leftist turning against Israel also includes, we are sad to admit, Jews who find they are more attached to the Democrat Party than to Israel. So much for the claim that Jews care more for Israel than anything else, though we do not expect that when push comes to shove that even the most leftist Jews who have stood publically against Israel will not be included in the charge of traitors to the nation and standing accused of being agents for the Jewish State as some things never change. The leftists will welcome the leftist Jews when protesting Israel and will round them up with the rest of the Jews should that eventuality ever come. Proof was that the Jews were represented higher than any other groups in fighting for Germany in World War I yet Nazis would accuse Jews of stealing the medals they had won fighting for Germany as they knew as fact that no Jew fought for Germany as they were Jews, were they not? As stated; some things never change. Trump will face more pressure against plans to move the Embassy to Jerusalem than he will over even drilling in the arctic or fracking or virtually, if not every, other issue. This would appear ridiculous on the face of it, but mark our warnings, this will be the greatest hurdle an early Presidency of Donald Trump will face and the resistance will come from every direction with some coming out of the woodwork in the most unexpected of areas. We will even go out on a limb and predict there will be Jewish groups who will protest moving the United States Embassy to Jerusalem. You probably want names now, well, OK. We can predict that a group called Rabbis for Peace, the Anti-Defamation League, and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, J-Street and numerous Israeli NGOs such as B’Tselem and their friends. We hope that a President Donald Trump will make good on his promise which all initial signs indicate he likely will and we hope that the Israeli government offers all the support to help steel him for the arduous fight which will ensue. We pray he will not become simply the next President to promise Jerusalem her rightful respect and then sign papers denying her those honors just as others have done, too many others from both parties. Then again, Donald Trump promised to be a different kind of President, one who is his own man owing nothing to the political powers that press their influence too often to the people’s and the nation’s detriment. Please make that promise a reality.

 

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