A White House that is for settling the Land Of Israel

The Fox News op-ed on the Trump administration said it all.

Ronn Torossian

OpEds Trump adviser David Friedman on Channel 10 News
Trump adviser David Friedman on Channel 10 News

In 2008, Barack Obama said: “I think there is a strain within the pro-Israel community that says unless you adopt a unwavering pro-Likud approach to Israel that you’re anti-Israel and that can’t be the measure of our friendship with Israel.”   

Obama reportedly described Israel’s elected government as “extreme right”, and told Peter Beinart, the American Jewish journalist who supports a boycott of Israel to “hang in there.”

In a 2015 speech at the White House, he noted “I came to know Israel as a young man through these incredible images of kibbutzim, and Moshe Dayan, and Golda Meir, and Israel overcoming incredible odds in the ’67 war.  The notion of pioneers who set out not only to safeguard a nation, but to remake the world.  Not only to make the desert bloom, but to allow their values to flourish; to ensure that the best of Judaism would thrive.”

But the reality is that Obama has consistently been hostile towards Israel.

If the Obama White House viewed Israel through the prism of kibbutzim, Moshe Dayan and Golda Meir, the Trump White House is shaping up to be one that is comfortable with the ways of Rav Kook, Menachem Begin and Ze’ev Jabotinsky. Free market values, a whole Land of Israel and a stand against radical terrorists. 

A Fox News op-ed asked half-seriously today, “Did we just elect our first Jewish President?”

As the piece noted, “…Donald Trump is as close as you can come to being our first Jewish president…..When he bought his Florida home and turned it into a popular and exclusive country club, he specifically opened the membership up to Jews. Mar-a-Lago was the first club that ever allowed Jews in Palm Beach. Donald changed the customs of the most-wealthy, WASP-y town in America to favor Jews.

Donald is family-oriented and clearly loves and dotes on all his children. He is bursting with pride at his children’s success. To Jews, family and children are everything…..Donald’s daughter Ivanka has converted to orthodox Judaism. That makes Donald the first president in the history of America with orthodox Jewish grandkids…

Donald is handing his business over to his children. That is the goal of every Jewish businessman in history. Donald is the most relentless person I’ve ever met. Relentless is a very uniquely Jewish trait. Jews are relentless fighters- we have survived thousands of years of hate, discrimination, persecution, robbery, slavery and murder. 

Many of Donald’s political views and policies are tailor-made for Jews. He could be the most pro-Israel president in history. Donald will always stand with the Jews of Israel. 

How strong are Donald’s bonds to Israel? He was the Grand Marshal of the annual “Salute to Israel” parade….His stance on “extreme vetting” and stopping the mass importation of Muslim refugees should be welcomed and enthusiastically embraced by every American Jew. Donald’s goal is the same as mine- keeping people out of our country who could commit acts of terrorism and who have an unnatural hatred and prejudice toward Jews…

One of Donald’s first priorities as president is to re-negotiate the Iran deal- perhaps the worst treaty ever negotiated in U.S. history and a danger to Israel’s future survival…

Donald is the strongest anti-terrorism president possible. He understands our enemy is radical Islam. He uses the words “Islamic extremist” in the same sentence.”

Jason Greenblatt, is one of three members of Trump’s Israel Advisory Committee, he’s Modern Orthodox, was a  student of Yeshivat Har Etzion and notes that this administration “does not view Jewish settlements as an obstacle to peace.” David Friedman, Trump's other Israel advisor is an outspoken supporter of Judea & Samaria, and serves as the President of American Friends of Bet El Institutions.As he’s written perceptively on Arutz Sheva, “The US State Department – with a hundred-year history of anti-Semitism -- promotes the payoff of corrupt Palestinians in exchange for their duplicitous agreement to support a two-state solution.

Can any friend of Israel believe that these people can betray the Jewish State? The Trump White House has the potential to be a tremendous friend of Israel. 

Ronn Torossian is a Public Relations executive, and serves on the Republican Jewish Coalition Vice Chairman’s Council. He writes this in a personal capacity and not on behalf of the RJC.