Finally, Mr. Trump acknowledged that Jerusalem has been the eternal capital of the Jewish People for over 3000 years, and that the United States, under a Trump administration, will finally accept the long-standing Congressional mandate to recognize Jerusalem as the undivided capital of the State of Israel. – Donald Trump, Facebook [READOUT OF DONALD J. TRUMP’S MEETING WITH ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER BENJAMIN NETANYAHU]
IT IS a normal sentence journalists, reporters, and political writers see in their inboxes all the time.
It begins “Readout,” then the header continues by naming the president or vice president and the important world leader with whom they met.
I just was not quite prepared to see this.
The thought of Donald Trump working with Prime Minister Netanyahu should terrify anyone who knows anything about Middle East foreign policy.
Secretary Hillary Clinton also met with Netanyahu, but a picture with him isn’t posted at the top of her Instagram account, though you can see one in the JPost. It’s not like meeting with world leaders is news for Clinton or that she needs a photo with the Israeli prime minister to prove she’s got gravitas.
What’s featured on Hillary’s Instagram is below. Clinton’s more concerned about America’s children than Mr. Netanyahu and we know she’s not afraid to get in his face.
It should be noted that in the latest WSJ/NBC poll, Clinton’s judgment on the Middle East is a major concern for many voters.
After the historic arms deal reached by President Obama with Israel, it’s hard to imagine what comes next, especially if Trump gets into the White House.
Then there is $1.15 billion Saudia arms deal. (Senator Sherrod Brown voted for it because of tanks that are built in Ohio.)
Clinton’s fate rests with young people and progressives (of all colors) coming out in droves in November, many of whom may make up their mind during the debate tonight.
Many of these voters weren’t all that enthused to see Clinton wooing conservatives this summer. They’re likely similarly unimpressed with either Clinton or Trump on the Middle East, though comparing the two as equal in consideration in one sentence remains loudly discordant.