One thing’s for sure. When it comes to politics, American Jews have no Einsteins. It’s one folly after another. We constantly get it wrong.
We keep producing great medicines but nothing to cure our political stupidity.
Yesterday (and still today) we loved FDR even though he did practically nothing to stop the trains heading to Auschwitz.
Twice at a scale of some 80 percent, we voted for Obama, even knowing what we knew, that he was no friend of Israel (or of America).
AIPAC is a friend of Israel, and that’s where we find Trump ready to speak and present his pro-Israel credentials. You would think we’d leave well enough alone, give the man his moment, but no, the Jewish Left finds him too “racist” and the Jewish Right (whatever there is of it) thinks he is not strong enough on Israel.
Maybe this, maybe that, but so what? For sure, 80 percent of American Jews will vote for Hillary anyway. So why not just shut up! Indeed, if you are searching for the American Jewish Right, people that support Israel unconditionally, you will find them all in one room there at AIPAC.
Trump is not your man regardless and your fixation on social justice, from one organization to the next, usually means all minorities except the Jews.
Why this sudden activism on Israel, pro or con? Can we some day make up our minds and get our act together?
But both the Left, for this reason, and the Right, for that reason, threaten to disrupt, boycott or stop Trump from speaking. Terrific. Just what we need!
What a way to get started with the man who may well become our next president. He is sure to remember.
We know this much for sure. This man does not forget. Ask Megyn Kelly. Okay, he is a flawed man, but his merits far outweigh his weaknesses.
Exhibit A for those who think he’s racist: When Trump opened his Palm Beach golf club Mar-a-Lago back in the 1990s he went against the prevailing bigotry that restricted Blacks and Jews at all such clubs and at the risk of being unlicensed he made sure, forcefully and emotionally, that everybody gets invited.
Exhibit B for those who think he is no friend of Israel…yes, I know about his “neutral” comment as regards Israel and the Palestinian Arabs.
But I also know he’s a man who knows how to play it close to the vest. He keeps his cards face down. He’d call it the art of the deal.
For my part, I call it gambling. Yes, every vote is a gamble. Am I 100 percent sure that Trump will be good for Israel?
No, but I’ll take my chances, and it really is not that much of a gamble considering the alternative, Hillary or any other Democrat.
That would be doomsday, speaking of which, where were we when Obama made that deadly deal with Iran, a deal that threatens Israel moment to moment?
Were there threats to disrupt or boycott John Kerry who sold us all down the river without a paddle?
I heard nothing. Individually, yes, but on the whole, silence.
Best to keep our silence again, this time for Trump. Let him speak without protest. Give him respect.
Politically, can we get something right – for once maybe?
New York-based bestselling American novelist Jack Engelhard writes a regular column for Arutz Sheva. He is the author of the international classic “Indecent Proposal” now followed by the prophetic thriller “The Bathsheba Deadline.” Engelhard is the recipient of the Ben Hecht Award for Literary Excellence. Website: www.jackengelhard.com