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Rubio, Trump and Israel

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Marco Rubio, left, and Donald Trump during Thursday's presidential debate. Rubio argued on Thursday night,, "The Palestinians are not a real estate deal, Donald." Photo: Twitter.

Marco Rubio, left, and Donald Trump during Thursday’s presidential debate. Rubio argued on Thursday night,, “The Palestinians are not a real estate deal, Donald.” Photo: Twitter.

During Thursday night’s CNN-hosted Republican debate in Houston, Texas, candidate Marco Rubio finally took on leading contender Donald Trump, face-to-face, about Israel. Referring to Trump’s statements that he would be a “neutral broker” between Israel and the Palestinians, Rubio argued, “The Palestinians are not a real estate deal, Donald.”

“A deal is a deal,” Trump replied.

“A deal is not a deal when you’re dealing with terrorists,” Rubio said.

This is what Rubio knows in a nutshell — something the Obama administration has ignored for the past seven years, and not only in relation to the Palestinian Authority. It is a key reason, though by no means an exclusive one, for getting the Democrats out of the White House and State Department.

Rubio has been consistent about his grasp of why Israel and America are both the globe’s good guys and natural allies.

At a rally on Wednesday night, in the lead-up to the final debate before Super Tuesday on March 1, Rubio was inspired and inspiring on this point.

“We’re going to have a policy of moral clarity,” he said. “I’ll give you a perfect example — Israel. Israel is the only pro-American free-enterprise democracy in the entire Middle East. I’ll put it to you this way: If there were more Israels in the Middle East — more pro-American, free-enterprise democracies — the world would be so much safer.”

He also attacked the UN for being “obsessed” with the Jewish state. “Every week, they’ve got new resolutions condemning Israel,” he said, using this to illustrate the “new face of antisemitism in the world.”

As for the Palestinians, Rubio said, “They teach little kids — five-year-olds — that it’s a glorious thing to kill Jews.”

Indeed, he emphasized, “The Palestinians don’t want a deal, [and] they’ve already said, ‘We want to destroy Israel.’ So what are you going to negotiate? The rate of the destruction? The date of the destruction? We will not be an impartial advocate when it comes to the issue of Israel. When I’m president, we’re going to take sides. We are going to be on Israel’s side.”

Even before Rubio announced he would be running for America’s highest office, however, he made impassioned speeches on Israel’s behalf.

Two days after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was re-elected in March 2015 — nearly a year ago — Rubio delivered a 15-minute tribute to Israel on the floor of the Senate. Netanyahu had won by a surprise landslide, after polls predicted a very different outcome. Yet he was still under attack at home and abroad for asserting there would be no two-state solution on his watch.

“[Netanyahu’s] right,” Rubio stated unapologetically. “The conditions don’t exist. But first, let’s go through the history. In 2000 at Camp David, Israel offered the Palestinian Authority nearly all of the West Bank, eastern Jerusalem and Gaza. And the Palestinians said no. In 2000, Israel withdrew from southern Lebanon. You know what that is today? A place [from] where they launch rockets against Israel. In 2005, Israel withdrew from Gaza. You know what that is today? A place that they launch rockets against Israel from. In 2008, Israel offered the PA, again, nearly all of the West Bank — Judea and Samaria — and all of eastern Jerusalem. The PA said no. What about the Palestinian record? … About 6% of the Palestinian budget is diverted to pay the salaries of … terrorists, of people who have blown up centers and killed civilians, including Americans. And they are being paid salaries and benefits, including with money from donors, such as the US, Great Britain, Norway and Denmark.”

He then listed ways in which the PA envisions and educates its people to hope for a world without Israel, quoting blatant anti-Semitic and pro-terrorist passages from a Palestinian school book and the PA-run press.

“And these are the people that we’re pressuring [Israel] to cut a peace deal with,” he said, referring to people who say “that there is no such thing as the Jewish people; that any method of destroying them is valid.”

Rubio concluded: “No people on earth want peace more than Israel. No people have suffered more at the hands of terrorism than the people of Israel. … If America doesn’t stand with Israel, who would we stand with?”

Hearing Trump — whose consistently soaring popularity is due to Americans being rightly fed up with the totalitarianism of the left-wing “political correctness” that has been corroding American power, exceptionalism and free-market economics — assert even-handedness solely in relation to Israel is cause for serious concern.

If the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians were a real-estate problem, even the Democrats would have been able to solve it. In fact, if it were an issue of dividing up plots of land, the Arabs of Palestine would have had a state starting in 1947. Indeed, if killing or kicking the Jews out had not been the true bone of contention all along, the Palestinians today could and would be leading the kind of normal lives that Israelis take for granted.

Ruthie Blum is the web editor of The Algemeiner.

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  • Mordecai Ben Natan

    Thanks to the Muslim in the WH, Iran will be supplying all the military hard wear to Hezballa, and Hamas to destroy Israel.
    Iran WILL make the nuclear bomb behind every bodies back.
    The prize idiot, John Kerry gave Iran the go ahead to destroy Israel.
    He gave Iran the go ahead, and the agreement was that inspectors be allowed to check on Iran, after giving them 15 days notice, during which time, Iran will be able to hide everything from the world.
    And Kerry is hoping to be awarded th Nobel peace prize.
    What will China, North Korea, Russia and Iran, the third world war is a certainty.
    The next war will destroy many countries, and maybe a billion people.

    We must all put our trust in G-D to stop this evil madness.
    Or is that going to be the next Noah?

  • For once, I’m afraid we disagree Ms. Blum. It very much IS a real estate deal and has been since Oslo, one where one of the parties has continually operated in bad faith. It was Israel’s Labor government whom made it one, it absolutely should never have happened and the outcome should have surprised no one.

    Donald Trump has a Jewish daughter who is married to Jared Kushner, an Orthodox Jew, a fierce advocate for Israel and publisher of the conservative New York Observer among his other ventures. i have no doubt that Donald Trump has received a fair amount of information on Israel from that source and that his personal sympathies lean that way.

    Not only that but Trump is a close friend of Sheldon Adelson and his wife Miriam, and has contributed to the charity she runs to rescue victims of human trafficking.

    Adelson also publishes Israel Hayom, the most popular newspaper in Israel with a fairly Right wing stance. While they differ on illegal migration (Sheldon likes cheap labor for his casinos) there’s absolutely no doubt in my mind that if he and Donald Trump were on different sides of the Israel question, Adelson would be shouting it from the rooftops. So would Sarah Palin.

    Remember also that Donald Trump actually endorsed Bibi Netanyahu and Likud and actually made a commercial for him.

    I also don’t see anything wrong in him saying that he would love to be the one to bring peace between the Israelis and the Arabs whom call themselves Palestinians, and I’m sure what he means by neutral is that he’d act as a mediator, not that he’d be neutral where Israelis concerned. I also don’t think he’d invest much energy in that once he found out the realities involved. And he’s alluded to that as well.

    And also, Trump is much more vociferous than Rubio in his opposition to the Iran deal. And unlike Rubio, he’s not supporting bringing in massive amounts of Muslim refugees or H1B visa abuse to change the American electorate.

    The idea that Donald Trump is ‘anti-Israel’ is ludicrous.

  • William C. McKee

    Rubio has stated his greatest concern about Trump: that Trump will take ownership of Ronald Wilson Reagan’s very own political party — and mold it after himself. He has thrown all his current nonsense at Trump out of that fear. And not to get the office, because he never will. The people of Rubio’s state, who know him the best, simply don’t like him. That is reflected in the polls there. In desperation he hopes to get limitless funding from party insiders and lobby people who still worship Reagan. Thus all the often repeated comments about who even from the after life owns the soul of the Republican Party. Such unthinking worship is not healthy.

    A word to the wise. Carefully read Jeremiah Chapter 49. The words [from God] apply to Iran. At the end of everything God restores the fortunes of Elam, an important district of Iran. And with a blessing second to no one else in the Bible, God will set his very throne upon Elam. For that to happen Iran must do some great deed that pleases both God and man. With God’s help of course they will do it.

    I project that Iran, Palestine and Israel will tag team a serious world level problem, and earn God’s respect. The Sunni will not be much part of that solution. But the Shea will. The reason: the Shea believe that they have done a version of “Original Sin”, where Mohammad basically gave a [new] Gospel asserting that there was no such thing — and on their part they directly observed otherwise. And for hundreds of years have done penance to God for failing him. They took the total blame for their failure. The Sunni assert that they are without any blame. And like in the example given by Jesus in the Gospels, the Sunni are thankful that they aren’t as sinful as the Shea. But you see, they are not going to get the direct and powerful blessing of God, as Jeremiah relates to us. Words within words of that compact Chapter are not only saying something powerful but also of topical news. How does that relate to Rubio?

    Trump not being a noted Bible thumper, is committing himself to seek after peace. The proud men of God, Rubio and Cruz, aren’t going to make a similar effort. And have effectively made a deity out of Reagan. That might not have been a wise thing to do.

    As we all note, Iran currently holds America in a negative view. And we, much like the over proud Sunni, just don’t think that we have done anything wrong. Like the Sunni, we are in the same boat in heaping all sin doing on the part of the Shea. Well there is a God out there, and he has spoken and plenty of the words of that chapter have already come true. More of it might be expected to become true. Remember a little history, a bit of the bone to pick with America, or for us to repent about. We obliterated a Mid-East Democracy in Iran, arguably about the same time that Israel’s was being formed. And installed a King and police state over them. Very unique for the time that Jeremiah wrote his words he was inspired to state that all the Kings and princes would be removed from Elam. There is no one today who believes that Kings and princes will [ever] return to Iran. The one that we forced on them, just did too many evil things. And we only did it over greed for oil money. Something that it would be wise to have shame in, and to repent over.

    Ronald Wilson Reagan did not like Iran’s throwing out our controlling interest in America’s installed King. And he was going to make the point that he was not going to let them off the hook for standing up to us. Or of calling a nest of spies a nest of spies (how else to think of our making the control of a police state even worse than it started out being)?

    God gave Reagan a chance to be either very good or to be very bad. The latter appealed to the revenge motivation.

    There was an argument between Iran and Iraq over the control of a small island between the countries. On a golden platter God was allowing Reagan to be a peace maker, and to even shine like the very sun itself. With no particular effort he could have pointed out that the island in question was over a pool of oil, but that these countries were more like over great seas of oil. So there was no wisdom in fighting about it. Sue in court perhaps, but don’t fight over [nothing] at all.

    But the man that Rubio worships, offered not a single word of peace. Not a word. In fact his words and deeds were quite the opposite. More than anything else he encouraged war. And further than that he sold weapons to both sides, so that Shea would fight Sunni. Perhaps one step further still, Reagan ignored Treaties that we were a party to (a contract only one step below one with God himself). By treaty we were no longer to posses poison gas and biological agents. But these wound up in the hands of Saddam Hussein, and it is very hard to argue, even from secret dealings that Reagan the hero of Rubio didn’t provide them.

    As a consequence of all of this about 2 million young Iranians died in the pointless and much promoted war. Yes these two countries chose to go to war, but we greased the path to it. The sins of decades past, have made the ill will of the present.

    If Trump even tries to heal wounds of those times between Iran, Iraq, Palestine and Israel — and gives noble plans of solving the woes of the world in doing it. Then what would be wrong in Trump being a better hero than Reagan?

    Make note of this article: “Persion Gulf could see unbearable 60-degree heat by 2071, study claims” by Nicole Mortillaro.

    The master builder Donald Trump might come up with a vast desert construction project in the Sahara’s 10 million square kilometer desert, that might employ virtually all of the world’s displaced Palestinians and make use of desert recovery methods developed in Israel and investment of the new 150 billion dollars of returned fortunes of Iran. If everyone involved saves the region, and just maybe the planet by making a giant garden out of a desert. Then God himself might find that as pleasing. Enough so to even fulfill the words of Jeremiah Chapter 49.

  • Golum…

    ….as a lifelong Democrat it’s soooo refreshing to hear a Republican say he is TOTALLY BEHIND ISRAEL…….unlike the weenie obama who talks with “Forked Tongue”!!!

  • Ephraim

    I agree with all of your assertions and positions. I agree with most of your conclusions.

    But you need to know this:

    Rubio will not beat Hillary
    Cruz will not beat Hillary

    Their opinions regarding Israel are laudatory and, I believe heartfelt. But if nominating them will guarantee a Hillary success, what has been accomplished?

    For eight years a jihadist antisemitic president has done all in his power to facilitate the success of terrorism and the destruction of Israel. The harm this evil jihadist has done is incalculable. With all of her advisers holding the same beliefs, including one who is a Jewish Nazi, she will be no better.

    The goal then is to somehow keep her from being elected. We must do all in our power to stop Hillary from getting the nomination. Unfortunately, she has the full might and support of her party, and this is probably impossible. So, with Hillary as one of the two candidates, she MUST be stopped at all costs.

    Neither Rubio nor Cruz will do this. They are too extreme on too many issues, and Hillary will eat them up at election time. Trump is the ONLY viable solution to a Hillary white house.

    I do not like what Trump has said. But his actions, consistently, have been pro-Israel all the way. There can be no question that this hater of politically-coerced censorship will be light years superior to Hillary.

    As the goal is to stop Hillary at all costs, Jews must rally around Trump and give him all of our support, especially after Hillary shuts out Bernie with every dirty trick she can find, and she is an expert.

    Please please PLEASE let us dedicate ourselves to stopping four more years of total Israel hatred and terrorist support from the US government. STOP HILLARY!

    • Mordecai Ben Natan

      I agree totally with what you say about Hillary Clinton.
      Why is she not in jail for all the state crimes that she committed and her responsibility for the murder of the US ambassador in Was it Tunis? North Africa?
      I would love to see Rubio as POTUS and Cruz and VP
      and the clown, Trump sent home.
      Can Rubio and Cruz stand against the witch, Hillary?
      Have the Americans forgotten about her lies and crimes?

      G-d Forbid that she becomes POTUS. She will be worse than the Muslim in the WH, as far as Israel is concerned.

  • stevenl

    But the western antisemites still insist on creating one more fanatically genocidal Islamic state!

  • enufizenuf

    Right-on Ruthie!

  • Geoff

    In the article, I read NOTHING not a single word talking about Senator Cruz and his position regarding Israel. If I am not mistaken, Senator Cruz stated very clearly that he is a good friend of Israel and will move the US Embassy to Jerussalem.

  • Carla

    The crux is that the Israeli have to fight a war against Iran and their proxies with their hands tied by this administration. The solution lies in stopping Iran and hopefully Trump can do that. The sanctions should never have been lifted, by ohh..this Israel-hating man should never have been sent to the White House…Trump may be the best friend to get now and really stop that terrorism cold.

  • Emanuel

    Rubio is bought and paid for by foreign banks and insurance companies. Trump will be the most Pro-Jewish and Pro Israel President in history and the best jobs President in history. Rubio stands for desperate feckless liars trying to hold on to all they’ve stolen.

  • El Cid

    The only world leader that consistently took a clear, moral position was Stephen Harper. He was the moral leader of the western world.

    No world leader is calling out the Palestinians for incitement. It is no wonder that Muslim youth the world over are confused–for them, what is the difference between knifing a Jew in Jerusalem vs. bombing Christians in Paris? Some one has to speak out to teach them this is misguided.

    The world desperately needs a leader with a true moral center. Rubio is showing he could be that leader.

  • All ideologues, including both left- and right-wing, foster totalitarianism. Their ideologies are like idols to them, and they strive toward fulfillment of their ideological goals and self-validation, not the best interests of the people.

    Evenhandedness is the only answer. Evenhandedness does not mean taking a position midway between those of two opposing parties. It does mean listening carefully to both sides and trying to put oneself in their shoes in the process of trying to arrive at the truth. Sometimes the truth may coincide with the position taken by one of the two parties. If so, so be it.

    Israel has nothing to fear from those who are truly evenhanded. That is not to say, however, that those who claim to be evenhanded necessarily are.