An odious, non sequitur comparison between Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and Presidential candidate, Donald Trump

By Jerome S. Kaufman

Israel Commentary December 31, 2015

Former Editorial Page editor of the Palm Beach Post, Randy Schultz just made a most odious comparison based, of course, upon his own Left-wing agenda. He opined that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Donald Trump have a lot in common.

The first of his many mistakes and lack of knowledge of Israeli politics or the real issue of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict was exposed when Schultz declared Netanyahu was trying to get votes for his Labor Party. The Labor Party has always been anathema to Netanyahu’s Party, which is Likud, Mr. Schultz.

As to the essence of the conflict Mr. Schultz, the Temple Mount, the land, the desire for an impossible Palestinian nation or anything else as mundane or real as that, is not the problem. The problem is that the Arabs don’t want Israel to exist at all. And, if you ever develop any real knowledge of foreign affairs you will understand that a huge number of Muslims, call them the Militant ones, if you like, don’t want the US to exist either.

Beyond that basic fact, Schultz obviously doesn’t  know anything at all about Netanyahu or his illustrious family of Israeli patriots and brilliant people. His Dad, Benzion, was an Israeli Professor of History at Cornell University. He served as an editor of the Hebrew Encyclopedia and became Dean of Sciences at the Technion.

He died April 30, 2012, in his Jerusalem home, age 102. He and his wife Tzila had three sons:

Yonatan (1946–76), Yonatan “Yoni” Netanyahu (March 13, 1946 – July 4, 1976), was the commander of the elite Israeli army commando unit Sayeret Matkal. He was the only Israeli soldier killed in action during Operation Entebbe in Uganda that rescued,  from the heart of Africa,  94 Israeli hostages and 8 Air France crew members

Benjamin, (b. 1949), Israeli Prime Minister (1996–99, 2009–present) has a long and impressive history of political success and may become Israel’s longest serving Prime Minister.

Iddo (b. 1952), the third brother, is an Israeli physician, author and playwright.

Donald Trump’s own  record does not  compare in these areas, but, certainly not to malign Mr. Trump. I happen to agree with many of the statements he makes regularly.  “Make our country great again.” I have never heard anything like that from Barack Obama or his heir apparent, Hillary Clinton

The odious comparison Schultz made was that Trump and Netanyahu had a lot in common concerning bigotry. Schultz used Trump’s position that, all Muslims should be temporarily barred from entering the United States until some rationale approach can be made to what is finally correctly called, Islamic Terrorism. This well-defined monster has already  struck multiple times in the United States. But, the Left with people like Schultz prefer to sweep these facts under the rug as “workplace violence” or social unrest due to “income inequality” or “insults to Muslim dignity”, etc.

Netanyahu, Schultz claims is also a bigot because he, at the last election  encouraged his voter base, consisting of dedicated Israelis to come out and vote for him because he believed the Israeli Left-wing had encouraged the Palestinian Arabs to come out in force, which they are certainly allowed to do in Israel, and vote for his opposition.

If this is bigotry then every political candidate that  has ever sought election has become a bigot in some way. This is the game in politics – to get out your voter base.

Comparing this effort with barring a people from entering the US temporarily is not in the same ball park.

Evidently, Schultz has chosen to forget that his hero, Barack Obama has pulled out every bigotry, demagoguery trick in the book  to get his base out to vote and Hillary Clinton is trying to follow closely in his footsteps.

The Obama/Clinton playbook shrieks  their own policies of bigotry, hatred, encouraging violence against the police, destruction of personal property,  class and race warfare without fear of their loyal Left calling it a form of bigotry, which of course, it is.

Obama/Clinton and the Democratic Party warn:

— Look out  elderly you will end up in the government breadlines because the Republicans are going to take away your Medicare, your food stamps, raise your taxes and take away your homesteads.

— They tell the student electorate Democrats will be forgiving all the debts these irresponsible students have accumulated on their numerous credit cards without any concern about ever repaying their government loans . This travesty is promoted via the bigotry of hating anyone else that has a job and is earning a living.

— To add more hypocrisy, Democrats claim bigotry by Supreme Court Justice Scalia when he makes the obvious statement that many of these college kids got there through phony social engineering programs like Affirmative Action.

Furthermore, many of these  kids should never have been in College to begin with or at least, attend a college more commensurate with their record, their testing and their proven abilities

Thomas Sowell, world renown African American academic, came out full throttle for Justice Scalia, recently writing a scathing widely published article titled,  Attacking the Truth (Scalia) and of course, Sowell is now himself being attacked as a bigot.

Let us not forget, the only job, where Obama was truly successful — community organizer, was getting people to vote by every illegal means possible.

And certainly, Schultz  doesn’t know anything about the history of the Jerusalem Temple Mount but rather employs the Left’s usual dodge of moral equivalency between contesting factions rather than applying the actual facts of the dispute.

The Temple Mount is the holiest site in Judaism, which regards it as the place where God’s divine presence is manifested more than any other place. According to the Hebrew Bible, both Jewish First and Second Temples stood at the Temple Mount. Solomon’s Temple identification with the area is universally acknowledged.

According to Jewish tradition and scripture, the first Temple was built by King Solomon, the son of King David in 957 BCE and destroyed by the Babylonians in 586 BCE. The second was constructed under the auspices of Zerubbabel in 516 BCE and destroyed by the Roman Empire in 70 CE creating the centuries-old Diaspora (Forced dispersal)  of the Jews all over the world.

The Arab claim to the Mount dates over 1600 years later than the construction of King Solomon’s Temple and before that going back to King David’s Temple in Jerusalem apx. 1000 BCE.

Among Sunni Muslims, the Mount is widely considered the third holiest site in Islam. It is revered as the Noble Sanctuary, the location of Muhammad’s journey to Jerusalem. (By the way, this Arab Jerusalem claim is not stated in the Bible nor the Koran but was contrived  much later, as are so many other Arab claims, by historical revisionism expedient to their political purposes of the moment)

The actual Muslim conquest of Jerusalem occurred in 637 CE and the Dome of the Rock was deliberately built upon top of the remains of the ancient Hebrew Temple. It was completed in 692 CE, (about 1700 years after  Hebrew King David original construction, 1000 BCE!)

The present dispute dates directly to the stupidity of the Israeli one-eyed general, Moshe Dayan, a dedicated secularist who could not care less about the religious significance of the ancient remains nor did he care that the Muslim structure had been deliberately built over it in their own fantasized dogma.

As a result, Dayan summarily returned Temple Mount authority to the astonished eyes of the Arabs immediately following his victory. The Arabs were fully expecting the Israelis, in their glorious 1967 Six Day War victory, would destroy the Muslim overbuild  and return the Temple Mount to the rightful owners of its original 1000 BCE creation.

Finally, Schultz criticizes Netanyahu’s appointment of Tzipi Hotovely, a loyal supporter and Israeli patriot, to be his Foreign Minister. This criticism is the height of hypocrisy, especially in light of the appointments  that Obama has made as the most far left President in American history

See: by Steve Baldwin,

“His selections strongly confirm these appointees hail from the crowd who regard their pedigree as the 60’s activists who cheered on the Vietcong, while American boys were slaughtered in the jungles of Vietnam. They hate America, or more precisely, they hate America’s heritage; American institutions, and the American Constitution.

Just a few of these below – past and present – are among the many listed in the link:

Cass Sunstein, Eric Holder, Susan Rice, Valerie Jarrett, Samantha Power, David Axelrod, Carol Browner – the list is endless.

Finally, Yes, Netanyahu lobbied the Congress to stop the Iran Nuclear Agreement which is at the heart of the total Obama foreign policy failure and is what began the dismemberment of all the crucial alliances we once had in the Middle East.

Objective, politically uninvolved foreign policy experts rue the day that Netanyahu’s advice was not followed. Instead,  the Senate allowed Obama to gloss over Netanyahu’s very real objections and, as a result, put the world into this present state of awful anxiety and despair.

And may G-d help us.


Jerome S. Kaufman is the publisher/editor of Israel Commentary

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