Caroline Glick, a senior editor at the Maariv and the Jerusalem Post, sat down with Arutz Sheva to discuss the protests against the inauguration of US President-elect Donald Trump, and her expectation that outgoing President Barack Obama will do his utmost to make life difficult for his successor.
"There will be a lot of disgust in terms of the radical protests against the president during the inauguration and the reception afterwards." Glick said. "I realized that there was going to be a lot of army officers and police officers around every corner because there are many people who will try to undermine this day."
She said that this is the first time that an outgoing president has declared that he will act in opposition to the next president. "Barack Obama, who represents the American left, says that he is not going anywhere and that he would lead the opposition against Trump. This is something which has never been seen before. [Previous] outgoing presidents would board Air Force One, wave goodbye, and return to their private lives."
"Obama and his wife [chose] to stay in Washington. This is unprecedented. He declared that he was going to try and put sticks in the wheels of the new administration."
She compared Obama to another democratic president who remained politically active after leaving office. "Jimmy Carter returned to Georgia at the end of his term but caused a great deal of harm to Israel over the years. Ex-presidents always have the luxury of having people listen to what they have to say."
"Today, the Democratic Party has no leader and Obama will continue to dictate the line. This is a very serious matter. Obama has not accepted the judgement of the voters. He says all the time that if he ran against Trump he would have been elected and that Hillary may have lost but he didn't."
According to Glick, Tump knows how to handle disruptions from Obama. "Trump can deal with Obama. He is not trying to look good and he knows how to fight back. You hit him once and he strikes back twice as hard. He won't play by the rules of etiquette and can cope better than any other politician with the expected attacks from Obama. He has also been very successful in his position."
"Obama is a different kind of politician. There has never been a president who used so much of his strength to bully his enemies. He used the tax authorities in the US to suppress the opposition., and of course, there is his attitude towards Israel."
"You have to remember that under Obama's leadership the Democratic Party suffered very significant losses. They lost a thousand seats in the state legislatures and two-thirds of the governors are Republican. [The Republicans] also control both houses [of Congress]. The Democrats have never been this weak." she said.
A poll published this morning by the Hebrew newspaper Ma’ariv indicates that Naftali Bennett is currently the top right-wing candidate among voters to lead the country.
According to the poll, Yair Lapid of the Yesh Atid party would receive 26 Knesset seats if elections were held now, while Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, as leader of Likud, would receive only 23.
On the other hand, if Bennett were to run as head of Likud, he would receive 29 seats, while Lapid would receive 27, the poll indicates.
In response to the question of who would best replace Netanyahu after the end of his term, 21% of respondents indicated a preference for Lapid, 12% for Bennett, 7% for Gidon Sa’ar and 6% for former Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon.
The Jewish Home party headed by Bennett would increase from the 8 seats it currently holds to 13, according to the poll.
Recent statistics have indicated that Yesh Atid has maintained a slight lead over Likud in polls.
Likud MK Avi Dichter, the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee. penned an open letter to US President-elect Donald Trump telling him not to fear Arab threats of his stated plans to relocate the US embassy in Israel to Tel Aviv.
"Dear President Trump - don't sweat over the threats of the Palestinians. Move the American embassy to Jerusalem!" Dichter wrote.
"You will be the first leader of the US and the first world leader to do so. You must demonstrate that leadership which makes it clear that you are a different president, and not like the old breed." he said, adding that once the US embassy is moved to Jerusalem, other countries would likely follow suite. "Embassy after embassy would come to Jerusalem."
He said that Arab threats over Jerusalem are nothing new. "The battle cry of Islamic terrorism is 'millions of martyrs will march on Jerusalem!'"
He urged Trump not to fear the threats that moving the embassy would spark violence across the Middle East. "Mr. President, don't get excited by the threats of the Palestinians. I've heard these same threats dozens of times before, from Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other terrorist organizations. They all threaten that the Middle East will be inflamed, but the flames always subside and the world just comes to their aid."
He said that the Arab nations and Russian President Vladimir Putin understand that America is returning to the vacuum created by outgoing President Barack Obama. "And the Palestinians, apart from whining and threats, do nothing to advance a solution, even they finally understand that time is against them."
He accused the Palestinian Authority of using international aid to fund terrorism. "They are a small group which has had so much money poured into it by the international community, and none of it went towards promoting peace. In most cases, the money funded more terrorism."
"This year, the US embassy should be in Jerusalem. It's in your hands, Mr. President!"
Speaking at an event to supporters on the eve of his inauguration as US President, Donald Trump thanked donors, and emphasized the role that his son-in-law Jared Kushner will play in his administration as special envoy to the Middle East.
‘If you can’t produce peace in the Middle East, nobody can,” Trump told Kushner. “All my life I’ve been hearing that’s the toughest deal to make, but I have a feeling Jared is going to do a great job.”
Trump also praised all of his cabinet picks, “the likes of which,” he said, “have never been appointed.”
“There’s not a pick that I don’t love,” he added.
Sean Spicer, President-elect Donald Trump's choice for White House Press Secretary, told reporters Thursday to expect an announcement soon on the incoming administration's intentions regarding the relocation of the American embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
Speaking at a press conference just one day before Trump's inauguration, Spicer told reporters to "stay tuned" for an announcement on the embassy.
"There will be a further announcement on that," Spicer said. "The president has made clear that Israel has not gotten the respect it deserves."
According to Spicer, Trump had been in consultations with his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, his nominee for US Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, and his nominee for Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, on whether to go ahead with his campaign pledge to move the embassy to Israel's capital.
Trump earlier told the Israeli newspaper Israel Hayom that he "hasn't forgotten" about his pledge to relocate the embassy and recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Spicer's comments come less than 24 hours after outgoing President Barack Obama warned against moving the embassy in his final press conference as president.
"What we have seen in the past is when some unilateral moves are made that speak to some of the core issues and sensitivities of either side, that can be explosive," Obama said.
Trump's campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, said last month that the relocation of the embassy is "a very big priority" for Trump.
Samaria Regional Council head Yossi Dagan met with members of Congress during his trip to Washington DC to attend the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump tomorrow.
Among the Congressmen Dagan met was Rep. Peter Sessions, who stated that Trump would treat Israel better than outgoing President Barack Obama has.
"The chance for peace comes through strength, not through weakness. The United States, under Barack Obama, for eight years, has either been a mystery or a giveaway. They've been a mystery in their support for Israel. They've been a giveaway for what they've wanted Israel to do. They have fought our great Prime Minister politically and economically. They have isolated Israel because they disagreed with the Prime Minister." Sessions said.
He said that things would be different under Trump. "President Trump will work from a position of strength and not fear. He will be in favor of the Israeli people, and they will strengthen their lives because of his resolve. That resolve will be reinforced by Congress.
He praised Israel's successes and resilience. "I'm really proud of Israel. I'm really proud of not only her strength, but of what she has done since 1948 for herself. She has not only helped modernize the world,but she has provided help and aid all around the world to people who are less fortunate than she is. The Israeli people are good people. But they need more on their side."
He said that the distance between Israel's western and eastern borders "is but miles apart. There's no great ocean here. There's no great barrier. It is because of the will of the people that you have survived."
He also said that it was in America's interest to remain friends with Israel. "Without the United States, Israel needs new friends. And that's where the United States is not looking to make one friend over another friend. We'll keep you."
"A heartfelt thank you to each of you back in Israel, who have sent not only this delegation, who have sent not only this delegation to Washington, but are reaffirming what we stand for, and what we stand for most of all is peace and freedom."
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