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Trump: Stay Strong Israel; 1/20 Coming Fast

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Baroud writes:

"The US blind support of Israel throughout the years has increased [Israel's] expectations to the point that it now anticipates US support to continue, even when Israel is ruled by extremists who are further destabilizing an already fragile and unstable region

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"According to Israeli logic, such expectations are quite rational. The US has served as an enabler to Israel's political and military belligerence, while pacifying the Palestinians and the Arabs with empty promises, with threats at times, with handouts and with mere words.

"The so-called 'moderate Palestinians,' the likes of Mahmoud Abbas and his Palestinian Authority, were duly pacified, indeed, for they won the trappings of 'power', coupled with US political validation, while allowing Israel to conquer whatever remained of Palestine.

"But that era is, indeed, over. While the US will continue to enable Israel's intransigence, a Trump Presidency is likely to witness a complete departure from the Washingtonian doublespeak.

"Bad will no longer be good, wrong is not right, and warmongering is not peacemaking. In fact, Trump is set to expose American foreign policy for what it truly is, and has been for decades. His presidency is likely to give all parties a stark choice regarding where they stand on peace, justice and human rights."

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Trump will not do this out of some idealistic notion of human rights, a phrase that may not even occur to him. Trump is not good at subterfuge. He says what he thinks at 3 in the morning and puts it down in a 140-character tweet.

What he feels on a given day is not derived from a lobby. He follows the 16th Century proverb, "Every man for himself and the Devil take the hindmost."

In this case, Trump may wake up one day and poke his finger in the eyes of the
Congressional poo-bahs who love or fear Israel and its deep-pocket supporters. How would he do it? He doesn't even know yet. He only know that he is now The Man.

Trump is not the sort of man who wants Congress to pay obeisance to a foreign leader. Anticipating Netanyahu's visit to speak to Congress in 2015, Independent foreign correspondent Robert Fisk wrote:

"Congress members of both parties have grovelled and fainted and shrieked their support for Bibi and his predecessors with more enthusiasm than the Roman hordes in the Colosseum.

"Last time Bibi turned up on the Hill, he received literally dozens of standing ovations from the sheep-like representatives of the American people, whose uncritical adoration of the Israeli state -- and their abject fear of uttering the most faint-hearted criticism lest they be called anti-Semites -- suggest that Bibi would be a far more popular US president than Barack. And Bibi's impeccable American accent doesn't hurt."

Adoration for others does not sit well with our New Leader. Be prepared for future Tweets making this clear in 140 characters.

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The Trump Twitter game is on with both old and new tweets.

Last week, Vermont Democratic Senator Bernie Sanders, stood on the floor of the Senate next to an enlarged copy of a Candidate Trump Tweet, posted in May, 2015.

The Tweet reads: "I was the first & only potential GOP candidate to state there will be no cuts to Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid. Huckabee copied me."

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James Wall is currently a Contributing Editor of The Christian Century magazine, based in Chicago, Illinois. From 1972 through 1999, he was editor and publisher of the Christian Century magazine. Many sources have influenced Jim's writings over (more...)

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