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April 14, 2016 8:08 pm

Trump Introduces Orthodox Legal Exec as ‘Israel Consultant’ During Meeting With Jewish Journalists

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Jason (Dov) Greenblatt, Donald Trump's executive vice president and chief legal officer, fielding questions from Jewish journalists. Photo: Ruthie Blum.

Jason (Dov) Greenblatt, Donald Trump’s executive vice president and chief legal officer, fielding questions from Jewish journalists. Photo: Ruthie Blum.

“One of the benefits of a person like [Donald Trump] is that he really wants to hear from everyone, so he listens to many people and then he synthesizes,” the Republican primary candidate’s executive vice president and chief legal officer said on Thursday.

Jason Greenblatt, an Orthodox Jew from Teaneck, New Jersey, was responding to the question of whether Trump is “ready to be president” – put to him in the immediate aftermath of a meeting his boss held with representatives of the Jewish media, among them The Algemeiner, in the GOP frontrunner’s office in New York City.

When asked by The Algemeiner about his positions on Israeli settlements and military behavior in the face of terrorism, Trump promptly summoned Greenblatt – who said he’s also known by his Hebrew name, Dov, and that he had studied at a yeshiva in a West Bank settlement – to serve as his spokesman throughout and following the discussion.

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“Corey, go see if you can bring Jason [Greenblatt] up here,” Trump called out to his campaign manager, the now infamous Corey Lewandowski – who had just been informed that authorities would not proceed with the battery case against him involving Breitbart News reporter Michelle Fields’ accusation that he had grabbed her forcefully when she attempted to ask Trump a question at an event in Florida last month.

Trump introduced Greenblatt as someone “who’s been with me for many years; a very religious person, to put it mildly; he goes to Israel every year.”

Greenblatt recounted that when he had first begun working for Trump nearly 20 years ago, a big business deal was in the works, which had to come to a halt due to the numerous Jewish holidays that fall in September. He said he had been nervous about having to tell his employer that he could not be available during those days, but Trump gave him his blessing to be absent.

Challenged about which word he would use to describe the territories – “West Bank,” “Judea and Samaria,” “occupied” – Trump deferred to Greenblatt. “Jason, how would you respond to that?” he asked.

“I wouldn’t call them occupied territories,” Greenblatt answered. “I would call them settlements. [But] too much time [is spent] getting caught up in terminology.”

“Yeah, Jason, right, I think I would say that,” Trump said. “Jason’s very much a consultant to me on Israel. He would know it better than me; he would understand it better than me; and I do rely on him as a consultant on Israel. And I like to get advice not only from people who know Israel, but from people who truly love Israel.”

Greenblatt said, however, “I might be more knowledgeable, because I’ve been to Israel, but [Trump] may be more knowledgeable at this point, because he’s a very quick study.”

Greenblatt, who called Trump the “hardest-working man I’ve ever seen in my life,” summarized the real estate mogul’s positions on Israel by pointing to the speech he delivered at the AIPAC Policy Conference in mid-March — a written transcript of which was distributed at the beginning of the meeting.

As for the issue of a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians, Greenblatt said, “I don’t know of any other way” to achieve peace eventually.

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  • Myron Slater

    This is only a ploy by Trump to get Jewish votes! He is only a businessman, has no knowledge of diplomatic matters! He will only insult foreign governments, like he did with the statement, “he’ll get Mexico to pay for the wall”! What a disaster for our country if he gets elected!

  • Yocheved Frutkin

    “As for the issue of a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians, Greenblatt said, “I don’t know of any other way” to achieve peace eventually.”

    This man is in favor of dividing up Israel and giving half to the Arabs. you think it’s bad now????

    Maybe this sentence should have been first. Bad move, Trump, to have a 2 stater on the payroll.

    Not happy for me at all. Israel needs to be a Jewish state. PERIOD. with Jerusalem intact as Jewish. G-d willing, one day, when moshiach comes, may it be soon!

  • ell laderman

    greenblatt is inbesill

    • Marco Redwolf

      .. is imbesill? Is that like is windowsill ?

  • stevenl

    Dov never heard of “contested” territories!!!
    D. T. and Dov might consult with Eugene Kontorovich (Chicago)!

  • Lia

    This sounds very, very good!

  • Yaakov

    I don’t so much like the implication that Jews are single-issue people. This applies to all the candidates.

    • Reform School

      Speak for yourself!

    • Marco Redwolf

      Jews are no more single issue than the majority of the left is on abortion . That is also relevant to the right on 2nd amendment issues etc.,,, In my opinion most of the Jews who still vote Liberal Democrat still vote on another single issue. Remaining stupid

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