Reprinted from Gush Shalom
SO HERE we are. Either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton will be our next president.
"Our"? I am not a US citizen, and have no desire to be one.
But I live in a world in which the USA is the sole superpower, in which every decision of the US administration has an impact on the lives of every human being.
FOR ME AS a citizen of Israel, this impact is much greater than for most and much more immediate. I just saw a cartoon showing both Trump and Hillary crawling on the ground and licking the boots of an Israeli soldier. This is not too much of an exaggeration.
Both candidates claim to be unwavering supporters of "Israel." But what does that mean? Do they support all sections of Israeli society?
Certainly not. They support one certain part of Israel: the ultra-right-wing government of Binyamin Netanyahu, which is supported by the American Jewish billionaires who contribute to their coffers.
Supporting Netanyahu and his even more right-wing coalition partners means acting against me and millions of other Israelis who can see that Netanyahu is leading our state to disaster.
Yet I have no right to vote. It is a clear case of "no representation," imposed on me and some billions of other human beings.
BE THAT as it may, I have a clear interest in this election. So I want at least to express my opinion.
Right at the beginning, I wrote that Donald Trump reminded me in some ways of Adolf Hitler.
Now, after all the primaries and conventions, as the race assumes its final form, I am afraid that I must repeat that terrible assessment.
Of course, there are huge dissimilarities. The man looks different. He has orange-colored hair. His body language is different, and so is his style of speech.
Different times. Different countries. Different circumstances.
And, first of all, different media. Hitler was a product of the radio. It was his voice, a unique instrument, that conquered the German masses. I am told that today's German young people burst into laughter when they see old clips of Hitler's speeches.