Trump’s Palestine Plan Is a Calculated Effort to Strip Pro-Israel Jews From Democrats

Especially with Trump the simplest and the most self-interested explanation is usually correct

The impeachment trial has offered bald proof that Trump looks on foreign policy as a means to advance his political interests at home, and some critics of Trump’s annexation plan for Palestine have pointed out that it also has a domestic political motivation.

Joe Biden said that the plan is a “political stunt.” While Richard Haass of the Council on Foreign Relations, fills that in: “To launch it in front of what we would call a partisan crowd at the White House with the prime minister of Israel standing next to the president did the plan no favors. It immediately gave it the sense of one-sidedness and gave it a political overlay that I would argue in some ways works against the interests of those who want this to succeed.”

By one-sidedness, Haass was referring to an East Room crowded with rightwing Zionists: including Trump’s largest donors Sheldon and Miriam Adelson, Ron Lauder, Malcolm Hoenlein, Jason Greenblatt, and Alan Dershowitz, as well as Christian Zionists Ralph Reed and John Hagee.

No Palestinians were in sight, and Trump surely was pleased by those optics. After all, the Adelsons, who have given upwards of $100 million to Republican causes, have been very close to Netanyahu.

Trump alluded to the political power of those in the room, as he blurted that he had moved the Jerusalem embassy “for you.”

And, Bibi, we have a lot of powerful people in this room — a lot of the people that can help make it work…

Jerusalem will remain Israel’s undivided… capital.  (Applause.)  But that’s no big deal, because I’ve already done that for you, right?…  As everyone knows, I have done a lot for Israel: moving the United States Embassy to Jerusalem; recognizing — (applause) –- recognizing the Golan Heights — (applause) — and, frankly, perhaps most importantly, getting out of the terrible Iran nuclear deal.  There’s a lot of spirit in this room. [LOL so Trump has openly stated he tore up the Iran deal for Israel?]

Leaving aside Christian evangelicals for a moment, Trump’s calculation appears to be that he can do what Ronald Reagan did in 1980, and take a sizeable chunk of the Jewish vote, and also Jewish donors from the Democratic Party. Reagan doubled the usual Republican haul, getting 40 percent of Jews. Israel-related factors likely contributed to Jimmy Carter’s defeat.

There are many signs that this is Trump’s game– and he has some traction. Twice last year Trump said that Democratic Party Jews are being “disloyal” to Israel, and he doesn’t understand how Jews can vote for Democrats.

Haim Saban, one of the largest donors to the Democratic Party whose only issue is Israel, announced that he supports Trump’s plan as a “blueprint” for a two-state solution. He also said that he maintains close ties to Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law, who is a tireless supporter of Israel.

Joe Biden was very careful in his criticism of the plan to remind people how much he loves Israel: “I’ve spent a lifetime working to advance the security & survival of a Jewish and democratic Israel. This is not the way.”

Biden has to know that many Israel-supporting Jews are “Trump-curious,” as Bari Weiss of the New York Times says, including her own father, a stalwart of the Israel lobby group AIPAC. A new Democratic lobbying organization that includes many AIPAC members — Democratic Majority 4 Israel– has been careful not to say a critical word about the plan. Nor a supportive word.

Pete Buttigieg also appears to fear these dynamics. Two days ago he walked back his promise of last fall to condition aid to Israel if it takes steps to annex the West Bank. He was quizzed about whether such a step is now necessary given Trump’s greenlight to annexation, by a member of the progressive Jewish group IfNotNow, and responded:

The US cannot be promoting annexation like it is under this president. By the way, I’m not talking about withdrawing aid or withdrawing our support to Israel…

If you’re asking me to commit to withdrawing aid to Israel, the answer is No…

The Israeli government will get the message that we are not going to support those kinds of steps. In my view they’re bad for Isrel, they’re bad for Palestinians, and bad for America.

Buttigieg is backed by among others the financier Seth Klarman, who is a strong supporter of Israel.

Buttigieg and Biden are between a rock and a hard place and Trump knows it. The progressive base of the Democratic Party is very favorable to the idea of sanctions. The party leadership is deadset against it. The party’s recently-announced list of platform committee nominees is loaded with vociferous Israel supporters, notably Ilyse Hogue, Randi Weingarten, Bakari Sellers and Dan Shapiro.

One Democratic congressman, Josh Gottheimer of New Jersey, praised the Trump plan. It is not just a coincidence that Gottheimer is considered a fundraising “machine”; and has outraised all other New Jersey House candidates historically. Gottheimer has raised $7.1 million and has raised $1.8 million for other Democratic candidates.

Trump is trying to drive a wedge between the progressive base and the leadership of the Democratic Party by portraying the Democrats as the party of BDS, boycott, divestment and sanctions, which he calls a “disaster” for Israel. At a rally early this month Trump mentioned Reps. Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as supporters of BDS (though AOC has not gone that far) and smeared them as antisemites:

We have people in Congress. I don’t know where they come from. Five years ago, seven years ago, eight years ago, this is unthinkable what’s happening in Congress, but these people hate Israel, they hate Jewish people…Ten years ago if you think back there was a great love and today it’s the opposite. But I have made clear my administration strongly and forcefully condemns this dangerous campaign to inflict pain and turmoil on the state of Israel.

That was at a rally for evangelicals in Miami. Trump was working the issue with Christians, and got a lot of applause for the embassy move to Jerusalem, but no applause on recognizing the Golan.

I would argue that even that rally was pitched toward Florida Jewish voters reading his remarks. PBS News Hour had an eight-minute segment with two evangelical leaders, Richard Land, president of the Southern Evangelical Seminary and executive editor of “The Christian Post,” and Collin Hansen, the editorial director for The Gospel Coalition, a network of evangelical churches. Israel was never mentioned. The two spoke of the need for conservative judges, the freedom to pray, and abortion over and over. Never Jerusalem.

Source: MondoWeiss

  1. Jozo Magoc says

    The american goyim populace is the most stupid,brain dead and robotoid,easily to manipulate and most apolitical,easy to sponge and rob by the zionist parasites!
    Most of their populace doesn’t know that the serpent jews originate from Serpent Mesoamerica,relatives of the nose-hooked Maya and Aztecs in perpetual,never ending wars,building pyramids of Skulls& Bones from its global victims! This was the reason,wny these satan’s agents rushed to conquer and colonise Ama-ruca,their ” Motherly rich” continent,especially their synagogue of USAtan, parasiting on the goyim populace of mixed mongrels with shallow history,roots or culture and against each other,where these parasites easily parasite!
    After the Apocalypse of Ama-ruca( in cca 9,745 BC),these snake people had huge EXODUS to Egypt( then Egyptian Palestine), calling themselves Canaanites= Serpent people! Can/ Kan or Chan is in the Semitic,Native American( ” Indian”) languages-Serpent,snake! And modern Canada is just another symbolical Canaan… These Snake people founded there Jeru-shalim( Dragon-dusk,Ezekiel 16:3),Jeri-cho,and also,today,Armenian Jere-van( Dragon-lake)! In ancient Hebrew,Jeru or Yeru/ Ieru is prefix with meaning of Dragon! And Jeru-shalim is an Earhly copy of Black hole in the Dark Rift/ Cleft in Milky Way( Serpent-Dragon- Caiman in Mesoamerica),also known as Mesopotamia and Eden in east of Milky Way( Genesis 2: 8-14)!
    Portion of these Canaanites was a ruling elite,calling itself as Hebrews= Crossers( of the ocean),and both brought with themselves the Cube as temple(Ka’aba in Mecca) and the cubical philactery of the jews,both symbolising the galactic Womb/ New Jerusalem,in Apocalypse of John,21:16/17, as a cube!!!In Kabah,Yucatan,the Kab or Kaab symbolised CUBE,EARTH and GOLD…Kabah as famous for its cubical temples,just as Cobá and other Maya settlings,up to modern Cuba,also meaning cube!!! At the times of settling of the Canaanites in the Eastern Mediterranean shores,the local domestic populace nicknamed them as Phoenicians,who rose up from their own ashes as thdir mythological bird,Phoenix!
    Once the semitic Arabs settled in the Arabian peninsula( Ra= Sun,Ar was opposite to it,as enlightenment), the Hebrew stock hiding its Serpent culture origin,nicknamed itself as Is-Ra-el, Is= newborn,virgin; Ra-sun, and el= the,or ” god”…
    These Serpent people were in endless wars,and sacrificial wars,just as Aztecs proved it with their pyramids of skulls and ripped out hearts…They brought their endless wsrs to Palestine,being very cruel to the Native Palestinian populace! So were the Khazars with their Serpent Chans( Khans) settling north of Armenia and the Caspian( Black) Sea, and their AshkeNazi cousins reaching Germany and other enclaves…Today,in Palestine,the only true Nazis,who claims to be ” slaves” and ash in Egypt,Babylon,Persia and even in former USSR, besides Nazi Germany…
    Once these AshkeNazi hordes of Serpent people took over USA, under new nickname,as ” Zionists”, the US is in endless wars,also building pyramids of Skulls&Bones,even under the same judeo-masonic lodgeSkull&Bones,as the war crime family of the Bushes went to murder the goyim populace of Irak,Afghanistan and Syria,Lybia, now under the zionist Shabbaz goy,Swamp Trump,targeting Iran!!!
    And guess,who was the 2nd announcing after the US to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem?! Their nose- hooked cousins from Guatemala,with the nose-hooked Maya populace!!!
    And that the Mayas and Hebrews is of the same Snake stock populace proves also the US Maya and Hebrew calendars,two in one set of 24 US Skyscrapers,seen in US National Geographic Magazine,February 1989,pages 140-185, completely tied in ARCHITECTURE and NUMBERS to the 911 oficial ZIONIST DATABASE!!! That calendar of 24 buildings,pages 156-157,in white on light BLUE backround is clear proof of Zionist origin and their Blue Lodge of the West!!!

    1. Jozo Magoc says

      The bible is their creature,and its origins also in Mesoamerica-I can clearly prove in the bible passages! And in the New Testament,Christ,the Savior clearly speaks of the then pharasaic jews as being the Serpent pdople,whose father is the Devil( Satan)! The Serpent of an old,in Apocalypse 12:9 is identified as Satan! And these satan agents worship death! Even their satanic,Babylonian Talmud means Death! Talmud= Death, with Hebrew gematria value of 84,the number of Judgement and Death! And modern Chaganate of Is-Ra-hell, will be at Novus Ordo Seclorum date of 2033, 84 years of Rat-child colony for monye theft and money laundering!!
      The real reason for their hooked noses is: to sniff out the goyim money,gold and wealth!!!
      The Bush war crimes family,attacked Irak,the ancient Mesopotamia,twice: in 1991 and in 2003.Shlomo Bush Sr.was then 41st ” zionist president” of USA, and Shlomo Bush Jr.was 43rd ” zionist president” of USA, together 84,DEATH bringing satanic zionist jews!
      And padeophile Swamp Trump from the ‘ Lolita Express’ is the Key & Central person in the US Skyscrapers calendars in the US National Geographic Magazine,February 1989,pages 140-185!!! To him asigned KABALA KRY NUMBER IS 118! Just as Psalm 118, is the central chapter of the Hebrew bible! Psalm 118:8 is the central verse,and the entire Protestant bible has 1188 chapters!!!

  2. CHUCKMAN says

    I’m sure that is an accurate assessment. Nothing done in Washington concerning Israel is without a deep political calculation.

    I’m sure Jewish voters are welcome, but the Jewish community in America only represents around two percent of total population. It might be important in key swing locations but, overall, it is quite a small. Just compare the roughly thirteen percent of population blacks represent in America, yet we do not see serious efforts to attract them away from the Democrats.

    However, Jewish votes undoubtedly come with campaign funds, and, in view of the relatively small number of Jewish voters, it is the campaign funds and ancillary supports that are certainly the main target.

    The remarkable success of American Jews in business, the professions, science, and the arts has made them a group of extremely important donors, whether in politics or other matters.

    So, the political calculation always involves money, which in American politics is “the mother’s milk.”

    The American political system itself has given money its central role in elections. It represents a self-inflicted wound.

    Congress never placed serious limits on campaign donations or serious limits on the activities of lobbyists, despite various debates and limited efforts over time.

    All establishment politicians, of both parties, benefit from the situation and have little motive to change it.

    That approach was then backed up and cemented into place by a Supreme Court ruling, about as bizarre as the old Dred Scott slave-era decision, that “money is free speech.”

    The Supreme Court justices, of course, all represent appointments made over the years from the same pool of establishment politicians who have never acted seriously to limit money’s role in elections.

    The system has many pernicious effects, but perhaps the most serious of all has been American foreign policy in the Middle East being put up for sale.

    Trump’s series of imperial diktats concerning Israel and matters he truly has no legal authority over have been a glaring example.

    America is in the position to issue effective diktats because of its imperial, military situation in the world, making it inclined to flaunt the authority of international organizations such as the UN, an organization much hated in Israel owing to its longstanding efforts to limit Israel to its original boundaries and to support many just claims by Palestinians.

    With a man like Trump, flaunting international organizations has its own, separate appeal. He has a huge streak of American nativism and xenophobia in him, and same characteristics define the nature of much of his base constituency.

    America has always had that ugly streak in its make-up. It may have either grown or diminished at times, and its targets have altered with changing circumstances, but it remains a constant presence. Up through the 1940s, American Jews themselves were included as targets. Everything from exclusive clubs refusing membership and Ivy League colleges sharply limiting acceptances to the Klu Klux Klan adding them to its list of hatreds.

    But that has changed, and I think there can be little doubt that it reflects the large role of Jewish money in American politics but also the emergence of re-created Israel as a focal point. American Evangelicals, as one large group who were not historically very friendly to Jews (remember, the KKK burned crosses as a threat), were much won over by all the Biblical associations and mumbo-jumbo of Israel.

    Truman’s experience in 1948, with immensely powerful lobbying for the recognition of Israel, headache-inducing delegation after delegation (read Truman’s memoirs), and then the miracle of winning an election he had been consigned previously to lose by virtue of new massive support given him, established the pattern we have to this day in Washington concerning all serious politicians and support and aid and favor for Israel. It literally has been woven into the country’s political fabric.

    Trump’s excesses on the topic of Israel are perhaps only slightly greater than Lyndon Johnson’s were, who, among other egregious bids for support, overlooked completely Israel’s vicious attack on the American spy ship, USS Liberty, during the Six Day War in 1967, the war that conquered the very territories Israel still occupies and Trump’s “peace plan” toys with.

    America has become trapped by its relationship with Israel, almost like some prehistoric animal that stepped into a tar trap ten thousand years ago in California.

    The endless, unwarranted hostility towards Iran (which Israel hates for its size and influence in the region, not for its threat to a nuclear power), the immense public subsidy given to Israel (about five hundred dollars per year per Jewish citizen of Israel), immense benefits granted in many contracts with Washington and in free trade and in the recognition of dual citizenship (something Washington did not do historically), plus still other matters, including ready access to the highest American officials and to America’s military-security establishment, access probably not equaled by even the best traditional American allies.

    And there is the whole matter of conspiring to keep Israel’s nuclear arsenal hidden and never questioning it. No one ever even asks whether Israel’s arsenal should be regarded in the same light as North Korea’s, and it is very much an appropriate question.

    Finally, we have the series of horrors called the Neocon Wars, which, on the whole have been an effort to destroy nations not compliant with American policy in the Middle East and, more or less, pave them over, almost resembling a vast 1960s urban renewal project, one which has cost maybe two million lives, the creation of tens of millions of refugees, some of whom almost destabilized Europe, and trillions of dollars. It has been organized vicious insanity, and Trump, in his original campaign, questioned it just a bit, while afterwards behaving as though he had never uttered the words.

    I don’t think it unfair to summarize the effects of Truman’s 1948 precedent plus America’s terrible laws about campaign funds and lobbying upon American politics and policy in that fashion. They have been deadly and represent a set of developments about which few ordinary Americans can be aware because they do not closely look at foreign affairs.

    Indeed, ordinary Americans’ total lack of interest in foreign affairs serves the Washington-Israeli axis well. Remember in the first campaign of George Bush, the President who launched the Neocon Wars, one of his campaign stunts in selected locations was laughingly talking about the way he ignored the “international section” when reading the newspaper. The people receptive to that kind of appeal are in Trump’s base, and they are blithely unaware of just how much America has invested in those very “international affairs.”

    Trump with his various initiatives concerning Israel has quite literally run a kind of giant public auction for large campaign contributions and the kind of persuasive support that often accompanies them, as in high-end news outlets, all of which tend to support Israel and those deemed to be working on Israel’s behalf.

    The auction has had a series of pieces “under the hammer,” from Jerusalem to the Golan and to membership in UNESCO and cutting aid to Palestinians, and now to the “peace plan.”

    Jokes are made about America’s having the “finest government money can buy,” but the situation hardly represents humor with millions of lives in the Middle East being directly affected by its workings.

    Trump’s effort I believe it also accurate to say, represents direct interference in the next Israeli election on behalf of Netanyahu, a close friend of son-in-law Jared Kushner and his family.

    It is all at least as unfair and underhanded as “the Washington political swamp” Trump supporters still love to naively attack.

    1. Tom Surguine, already signed . says

      Mr.Chuckman…I have been reading u 4 a very long time, and it is hi time that u get some serious praise 4 all of the articles that u have posted! In short, this guy could not agree with u more, in as much as u have so bravely posted many, MANY, MANY reasons we have left usa, never to return. The land of my birth is 2 me @ this point of my life, an utter disgrace, & which I shall always consider it to be beyond redemption. Thank goodness for enlightened folks, as yourself, and many others with your intellectual prowess. Due to that, there still has to be hope 4 those who can see around & thru’ all of the brainwashing, propaganda, lies, manipulations, “conspiracy theories” (thanx c.i.a.) constantly inflicted thru’ the despicable mainstream press, tv, and way 2 many more disgusting outlets, all of which we no longer have anywhere near us. THANK YOU AGAIN!!! Expat tom.

      1. Jozo Magoc says

        I had left the United Snakes in 2004 and never-ever plans even to visit that goyim land led by satanic zionist mongrels!!!

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