No, I don’t trust Donald Trump on Israel.
Both Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) are thoroughly and consistently pro-Israel. The same cannot be said for Donald Trump. He made that particularly clear in his softball interview with MSNBC tonight, designed to combat a CNN town hall event with Cruz, Rubio, and Dr. Ben Carson. Asked about his Israel-Palestinian policy, Trump stated, “I think it’s probably the toughest agreement of any kind to make. It has been going on for many years.” He rightly explained that the Palestinians have “been trained from the time they’re children to hate Jewish people.”
Then he dropped the other shoe. Joe Scarborough asked Trump, “Whose fault do you think it is?” Trump refused to answer. Scarborough reiterated: “You think Israelis or the Palestinians?” Trump answered:
I don’t want to get into it for a different reason, Joe, because if I do win, you know, there has to be a certain amount of surprise, unpredictability. Our country has no unpredictability. If I win, I don’t want to be in a position where I’m saying to you and the other side, now say, “We don’t want Trump involved, we don’t want” — let me be sort of a neutral guy, let’s see what — I’m going to give it a shot. It would be so great; I would be so proud if I could do that….I don’t want to say whose fault is it; I don’t think it helps.
Barack Obama has undercut Israel’s national security with regard to Hamas, Hezbollah, and Iran on the back of neutrality between the Israelis and their terrorist, Jew-hating, innocent-stabbing, would-be-genocidal enemies. Trump apparently buys into the same evenhandedness: he wants to do a deal, so he refuses to label Israel’s enemies what they are.
Which is why a deal will never get done.
There can be no deal between Israelis and Palestinians until the Palestinians are forced to acknowledge that their goal – the utter destruction of the state of Israel, and the indoctrination of their children toward that same goal – cannot be achieved or accepted. The Palestinians have been given $400 million American aid every year by the Obama administration despite forming a terrorist unity government including the Palestinian Authority, Hamas, and Islamic Jihad. No wonder they won’t cut a deal. Why would they? They get international legitimacy, cash, and the ability to keep killing Jews and lying to their population about a Jew-free future.
Trump, out of either ignorance or arrogance, would mirror Obama’s evenhandedness between good and evil. This truly suggests that Trump has no principles – he simply cares about his ability to make a “deal,” to exert leverage, to do whatever he wants without the burden of concepts like right and wrong. That should scare Israel, which relies on goodwill for its status as the moral state in a nasty region for American support.
In both American politics and international politics, principle matters. If Trump can’t even stand with Israel against her terrorist enemies, he just proves that he lacks principle both domestically and beyond America’s borders.