Israel Front and Center in this Election

Dr. Joseph Frager,

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Dr. Joseph Frager
The writer is a leading American pro-Israel activist who sponsors and coordinates many Zionist events. He is clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine (Gastroenterology & Liver Diseases) at the Einstein School of Medicine as well as a practicing physician.

Although Jobs and the Economy always win or lose Elections, this time around, Security and Israel are right up there. The American People ultimately will decide if Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton will make their financial lives more tolerable.

Of all of the Republican candidates, Donald Trump prevailed because he raised the greatest Hope for fixing the Economy and getting people back to work. Even if a majority have a negative view of Mr. Trump, if they think they will be better off then he will win. The same strategy he used successfully in the primaries will be employed in his fight with Hillary. Donald Trump has the advantage because he is a successful businessman and people from both sides of the aisle need jobs and a better Economy.

They will choose the businessman because he has a proven track record of making money and providing jobs.However, many factors will play on people's minds as they try to sort it all out. One will be the Security of America. Terrorist incidents in Paris and Brussels have made Americans jittery. The Republican candidate always does better when it comes to Security and Defense. Donald Trump has touted his credentials of making Americans safe and he has begun to impress the American people that he can. Hillary Clinton's lockstep endorsement of President Obama's unraveling and frightening Iran Nuclear Deal will haunt her for the rest of her life.

Donald Trump astutely has criticized the Deal from the get go. He will also no doubt point out that Bill Clinton's North Korea Nuclear deal did nothing to stop the North Koreans from getting a nuclear bomb. Hillary will have a very tough time over these two topics. Then comes the subject of who is more Pro-Israel? For starters the Iran Deal really tells you who to trust. Despite Prime Minister Netanyahu's heroic efforts,putting his career on the line, his re- election in jeopardy, his addresses to Congress and the United Nations, Hillary pushed for the Deal.

She will have a hard time touting her Pro-Israel credentials having handed Iran 150 Billion Dollars to wage a Terror War against Israel and the World. But to her credit she tried very hard to repair the damage done by her support of this catastrophic Deal by coming out swinging in favor of Israel against Bernie Sanders in one of the all-time greatest debates held in Brooklyn on April 14th, 2016.I believe it is very important to quote her because it was one of the best performances by a Democratic candidate in support of Israel ever. It is precisely why I have said that Israel is front and center in this election. In answer to Bernie Sanders calling Israel's Operation Protective Edge of 2014 "disproportionate" use of force Hillary said, "I don't know how you run a country when you are under constant threat.

Terrorist attacks, rockets coming at you-you have right to defend yourself.""And let me say this, if Yasir Arafat had agreed to my husband at Camp David in the late 1990's to the offer that Prime Minister Barak had put on the table we would have had a Palestinian State for 15 years already", she smarted. Sanders kept jabbing away and Hillary then said, "I think I did answer it, by saying of course there have to be precautions taken, but even the most independent analyst will say that Hamas places its weapons, the way that often has its fighters in civilian garb, it is terrible." Her husband Bill Clinton recently addressed this same point and said, "And Hamas is really smart. When they decide to rocket Israel, they insinuate themselves in the Hospitals, in the schools, in the highly populous areas and they are smart."

"They said they try to put the Israelis in a position of either not defending themselves or killing innocents" citing a Hamas Leader's own boastful comments about the effectiveness of their human shield policy during 2014's war with Israel. He further said, "they're good at it. They'e smart. They've been doing this a long time." At the debate in April with Sanders, Hillary reminded him "that the Israelis had packed up and left Gaza, only for Hamas to fill the void". She continued, "we have a terrorist haven that is getting more and more rockets shipped in from Iran and elsewhere."

"But it is a difficult position, if you are-from whatever perspective-trying to seek Peace, trying to create the conditions for Peace when there is a terrorist group embedded in Gaza who does not want you to exist". The topic of Israel will be front and center and I look forward to a very healthy debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.