Red-flagging November 8th

star-2face-joker_150Voting for Israel – a rough guide

Like most of us, I guess, Five Minutes for Israel has been obsessing about the upcoming American Presidential election. I concede, something that partisans on both sides seem to find impossible, that there are genuine Israel advocates and it-is-politically-convenient-for-me-to-appear-to-support-Israel advocates on both sides. There are Israel Haters and antisemites on both sides.

As a guide to the perplexed here is a collection of candidate red flags.

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Let’s start with a major disclaimer. The author of this piece does not have a vote in this election. However as an Israeli I feel that I will be directly effected by the way the American people decide and that gives me the moral authority to comment.

A second disclaimer. Nothing in the table is absolute proof of animosity. Politicians notoriously say one thing today and the opposite tomorrow. Nevertheless as financial advisers always include on their forecasts, past performance does not guarantee future performance but it is the only guide we have.

In making up this table I have avoided generalised criticism even if it might be perfectly correct and tried to stick to statements and actions. For example (based on statements I have actually heard) “Clinton is preferable to Trump because she is sane” won’t appear. However, there is no particular standard of proof any claimed statement is 100% correct, either. Allegedly is good word to use. What would a reasonable person think?

There is an additional problem. Hillary Clinton has been in politics for a long time. She has a record. Donald Trump, much, much less. Predicting him is far from an easy call. It is difficult not to agree with Melanie Phillips ‘Apart from the disgusting attitude revealed on the tape he is unpredictable, uninformed, inconsistent, volatile and gets a lot of stuff wildly wrong’.

How many will vote purely on the candidates Israel ‘history’? Who really knows?

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Clinton Trump
  • Supported the Iran nuclear deal and the removal of sanctions.
  • Refuses to call the terrorists Islamic Terrorists.
  • Her performance as Secretary of State over Iraq Syria and Libya.
  • Called Jews on her husbands staff “Jew bastards”.
  • Kissed Arafat’s wife after she made a speech accusing Israel of poisoning Arab babies.
  • Appointed J Street supported, Netanyahu boycotter Tim Kaine as her VP running mate.
  • Complimented anti Israel propagandist Max Blumenthal on his Israel bashing articles, in email correspondence with his father close adviser Sidney. Her campaign distanced herself from Max’s attack on the late Elie Wiesel but HRC herself was silent.
  • Huma Abedin, Clinton’s close adviser and vice chairman of her presidential campaign is connected to Muslim Brotherhood operatives and/or organizations through her late father, mother and brother were all.
  • Public support by and of Black Lives Matter.
  • The Clinton Foundation has been a major recipient of money contributions from Saudi Arabia and Gulf States, rogue states and major Israeli adversaries, especially on such matters as Islamist claims for religious supremacy.
  • Claimed that he would be “neutral” on Israel and Palestine.
  • Characterized Jews as good with money, or money-obsessed, an anti-Semitic cliché.
  • On the Hugh Hewitt show he couldn’t distinguish between Hezbollah and Hamas.
  • Public support (not requested nor thanked) by the KKK.
  • Because Trump is Trump.

Red flag

Postscript

What could make me change my mind about the Clinton Red Flags? How about a public warning to Barack Obama not to use the lame-duck period between the election and the inauguration to screw Israel in the United Nations Security Council?

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About David Guy

B.A./B.C.A. (Communication and Media Arts) University of Wollongong, AUSTRALIA M.A. in Government (Diplomacy and Conflict Studies) Inter Disciplinary Center, Herzliya, ISRAEL Twitter @5MFI
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One Response to Red-flagging November 8th

  1. Clinton is worse and that’s how one has to vote. And not just on Israel but domestically too. And not just on the “issues” but who she so apparently is as a person. I already faxed my vote in as an American living abroad had it acknowledged and I’m feeling better. Because it wasn’t easy and it was touch and go for a while. My oath and sample ballot went to two different addresses, my last address in LA and my previous address on the mainland. Now we wait.

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