Trumped and Stumped

Gershon Perlman,

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Gershon Perlman
Raised in a secular environment in the USA until as a university student Gershon Perlman left everything behind in the 1970s to become an observant Jew living in Israel. He is a 23 year veteran of Gush Katif has raised a family and works as an ESL teacher. He has unique and deep insights in matters of Israel and the Jewish People.

Trumped and Stumped

             American president Donald Trump has stumped me again. Who is this politician who time after time makes me jump for joy and leaves me giddy? Moreover, who am I that I should react that way?

            There was a time when Israeli politicians disappointed me, to the extent that I ceased being disappointed. I refused to be a battered wife; no more false hopes, no more excuses. American politicians never even made it that far, we never even dated.

            As a youth, I learned from my rabbi, that politicians don't have friends or sympathies, they have interests. If letting the Germans occupy themselves with murdering millions of Jews rather than using their resources to fight the allies, why interrupt them? I also learned from him that Never Again doesn't mean that it will not happen again, but that Jews will not behave as they had - again.

            So how does a Jew react to Trump's "Deal of the Century?"

Trump's plan is being proclaimed as the best deal possible, it gives us just about everything we could hope for, it unties our hands and puts the Arabs into the po‎sition that they have to go back to being Arabs and stop being "Palestinians." This is the windfall. The Palestinian movement that has been accurately described as "a genocidal weapon masquerading as a nationality, created to destroy Israel's legitimacy," is required to delete its own murderous identity.

Trump has recognized all of Israel's legitimate concerns and called the Palestinian bluff. For them to receive a state, they must forgo the reason they were concocted in the first place and maintain that status for four years to even get to Go. A hyena that agrees to become a clawless, toothless vegetarian is no longer a hyena. In short, they must cease the masquerade and they are incapable of doing this, they are not like the Germans who built an Aryan myth about themselves and then underwent denazification. The Arabs of the Land of Israel have no pre-1964 (the year Palestinians were proclaimed by the Egyptian Arafat) history to revert back to. The godsend here is that Israel has rights, and the Arabs, obligations, the exact opposite that was the basis of every previous proposal.

As Jews, who have the sole claim to this land, how do we react to Let's Make a Deal? Do we answer that we are the Jews, the rightful owners of this land and make no compromises over our inheritance? That is the people we strive to be. I long to leave the embarrassing concessions of the past in the past. In 1947, the Yeshuv – the Jews of the Land of Israel faced such a conundrum with the Partition Plan. They opted for the untenable, un-defendable and unjust beachhead allotted them, whereas the Arabs said all or nothing at all, and G-d did us well. In 1967 Israel decided only to engage the Egyptian and Syrian threats while begging King Hussein not to enter the fray and it is only because he did, we also liberated Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria. Again we had more heavenly intervention than fortitude. Even Jacob did not meet Esav as Israel, he met him as Jacob; he bowed to him. He did not confront him as someone who carried a promise from G-d in his shirt pocket.

Today, out of nowhere has arisen an American president who knew not Jacob. It is as if we are being compensated for Pharaoh, with G-d guiding Trump's heart step by step. He respects us as Israel, our namesake as well as our State of.

I wish the process was different, but I am reveling in this, I am dizzy with what I see as another gift from heaven. I am also humbled that again this is more something bestowed than something earned.