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2/9/16

US Presidential Elections: Trump and Netanyahu have too much in common - by Randy Schultz

Donald Trump had planned to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Not content with harming America's security and reputation, Donald Trump had wanted to harm Israel's. Netanyahu was ready to aid and abet America's demagogue.

Wouldn't that have been self-defeating? Yes, until you consider that Trump and Netanyahu have a lot in common

Trump wants to ban Muslims from entering the United States. Among those rejecting Trump's bigotry was Dick Cheney, hardly a beloved figure in Muslim countries. Trump's proposal, Cheney said, "goes against everything we stand for and believe in."

In March, however, Netanyahu stooped to his own bigotry. On Election Day, he warned, "Arab voters are coming out in droves to the polls. Left-wing organizations are busing them out." He was lying, but Netanyahu's appeal to prejudice worked. His Labor Party pulled enough votes from smaller right-wing parties to retain power.

Netanyahu and Trump attempt similar evasive maneuvers when confronted about their demagoguery. Six days after the election, Netanyahu told Israeli Arab leaders that he "never meant to offend," though he acknowledged that some had taken offense. Netanyahu apologized.


However insincere that apology, Netanyahu at least offered it. Trump told CNN, "Many Muslim friends are in agreement with me." See? I'm not racist. Some of my best friends are Muslims.

Trump added that "one of the most important people in the Middle East" had told him, "Donald, you're doing a great service." Of course, Trump didn't name this person. His idea, Trump said, is a way of "doing good for the Muslims." Right. As he would do good for "the blacks" and "the Hispanics."

When his visit became controversial, Trump said he would wait to meet Netanyahu until he becomes president. If Trump cared about Israel, however, he never would have considered visiting. Trump, though, cares about Trump, not about the havoc he could have created in Israel.
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Trump and Netanyahu have too much in common - Sun Sentinel

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