I enjoyed a very fruitful meeting with people associated closely with the Trump campaign. I was able to share with them the deep-rooted, heartfelt concerns of the pro-Israel community in the United States, Jewish and gentile. I can honestly say that these people, who are working tirelessly for Mr. Trump, “got it.”
While the Trump people are convinced that Mr. Trump “doesn’t mean it” when he says he will be “neutral” when it comes to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian-Arabs, I explained that the very word “neutral” in that context fills us with dread. How can he be “neutral” when dealing with those who target Israeli school buses, who lob rocks at civilians driving with their children on the roads in Israel, and who convince their own children that the greatest achievement is to murder Jews wherever they are? Does Mr. Trump intend to be “neutral” when it comes to Palestinian Arabs who have maimed and murdered Americans in Israel? Would he, like President Barack Obama, insist Israel release Palestinian-Arabs who have murdered American citizens?
The Trump supporters understood that, at the very least, we need to hear that, before engaging in negotiations, he will insist that the Palestinians recognize Israel’s right to exist as the Jewish state.
They also understood that Hillary Clinton considers herself “pro-Israel,” because, she says, she wants Israel to make concessions, at its own expense, and carve out of its own land — out of territory Israel needs to defend itself — a Palestinian state. The pro-Israel community needs reasons it should support Mr. Trump over Mrs. Clinton. “Neutrality” on Israel won’t cut it.
Mr. Trump is the presumptive candidate of the Republican Party, and, as such, he may very well be the next president of the United States. As an ardent supporter of Israel, I believe it is my duty to advocate for Israel with Mr. Trump and to hope and pray that, when he can show us he is the one who will safeguard Israel’s security, to support him wholeheartedly as he wends his way to the White House.
Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg