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Donald Trump anti-Semitic? Au contraire!


Dear Editor:

I was quite taken aback by the full-page ad in last week’s Heritage taken out by the organization Jews For Progress. This was a good example of the old adage that “If you can’t convince them with facts, baffle them with Bulls—t.” The quote, “Trump pledges to be ‘neutral guy’ in Israel-Palestinian negotiations” is totally taken out of context. In reality, he said at the 2016 AIPAC Conference, “Each side must give up something it values in exchange for something it requires. A deal that imposes conditions on Israel and the Palestinian Authority will do nothing to bring peace. It will only further delegitimize Israel and reward terrorism.”

For this organization to insinuate that Donald Trump is an anti-Semite is ludicrous. Again at the 2016 AIPAC Conference he is quoted as saying, “I speak to you today as a lifelong supporter and a true friend of Israel. I am a newcomer to politics, but not to backing the Jewish state.”

As a former Grand Marshall of the 40th Salute to Israel Parade in New York City, it is implausible that they would choose an anti-Semite. His stance and support for Israel is real.

This is unlike Hillary Clinton. Hillary Clinton has surrounded herself with people who are well known to be anti-Israel. Her main adviser when she was secretary of state was and still is Huma Abedin, a supporter and advocate for the Muslim Brotherhood. Other close advisers are the anti-Israel, anti-Semite Sydney Blumenthal and his son, the pro-Palestinian author, Max Blumenthal. With advisers such as these, I question what her position will be when it comes to Jewish-Arab, Israel-Palestinian talks. Remember also the fact that she was very sympathetic toward the wife of the late Yasser Arafat who claimed the Israelis were poisoning Palestinian children. One must also question her choice of her running mate, Senator Tim Kaine. Appointing a Muslim Brotherhood front leader who supports Hamas to the states Immigration Commission. In September 2011, Kaine spoke at a “Candidates Night” dinner organized by the New Dominion PAC that presented a Lifetime Achievement Award for Jamal Barzinji, who the Global Muslim Brotherhood Watch describes as a “founding father of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood.” He had been at four previous events. Now he was thanking them for their financial assistance in previous elections.

Clinton’s choice of Kaine is widely seen as a way of strengthening her campaign’s national security credentials. How can you trust a candidate on national security who appoints a Hamas supporter to their immigration commission and speaks at a dinner honoring a Muslim Brotherhood terror suspect? And how can you trust a candidate who picks such a person as their “strong on national security” running mate?” Be careful for what you wish for.

Aryeh ben Avrum

Tel. 039118797


Avihail, Israel


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