The Jewish lobby in America demonstrated its control of the political process when Donald Trump retreated from all his previous policy positions on Israel during his speech to AIPAC on March 21.
Trump’s speech—written especially for him by “friends in Israel”—included dropping his “neutrality” stance, his acceptance of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and his decision to once again oppose the “nuclear” deal with Iran.
Trump’s retreat on all these policy positons have now cleared the way for the right wing Jewish lobby to coalesce behind his nomination bid.
The left wing Jewish lobby, however, remains one of his many implacable enemies, along with most of the controlled media, regardless of his opportunistic flip-flopping on Israel.
According to the Times of Israel, Trump named his son-in-law, New York property developer Jared Kushner, as the “chief adviser” in preparing his address to the AIPAC conference.
When asked who helped him write the speech, Trump answered: “My son-in-law Jared,” referring to the husband of his daughter Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner.
“He’s here. He’s coming to AIPAC,” Trump said. “Jared spoke to many of his friends from Israel and we put it together with a lot of great people.”
The Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) gleefully reported on Trump’s retreat before the AIPAC crowd—which numbered some 15,000 and included an incredible two-thirds of US Congressmen—by announcing that “Trump abandons talk of Israel neutrality, wins cheers from AIPAC crowd.”
The JTA said that in his speech, Trump had “softened two positions that have created unease among pro-Israel activists — his insistence on remaining ‘neutral’ in brokering Israeli-Palestinian peace and his refusal to commit to recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.”
On Jerusalem, Trump vowed to move the American embassy to the city, “the eternal capital of the Jewish people.” And he said the Palestinians must accept as a given the closeness of the US–Israel relationship.
“The Palestinians must come to the table knowing that the bond between the United States and Israel is absolutely unbreakable,” Trump said. “They must come to the table willing to accept that Israel is a Jewish state and it will exist forever as a Jewish state.”
(Needless to say, Trump—or any politician beholden to the Jewish lobby—would never dare say that any other nation has a right to maintain its exclusive ethnic identity. Even suggesting that any other nation should stop illegal immigration—while allowing legal immigration—immediately attracts the Jewish lobby’s hate, as Trump has found out.)
The JTA report then went on to say that Trump “delivered broadsides against his likely rival in the general election, Hillary Clinton, calling her a ‘total disaster’ and blaming her for last year’s Iran nuclear deal,” a line, the JTA said, which earned him “laughter and applause.”
There was no sign of the threatened left wing lobby protests against Trump, probably because AIPAC generally represents the more “right wing” of the Jewish lobby in both America and Israel, where it is closely aligned with Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party.
This was shown most clearly when Trump drew his largest applause for his sentence “With President Obama, in his final year — yay!”
The AIPAC Jewish lobby led opposition to the Iran “nuclear deal” and clashed repeatedly with the Obama administration over this matter, which they interpreted as being somehow proof that Obama was anti-Israel.
The fact that Obama has been slavishly pro-Israel, and that the Iranian “atom bomb” threat never even existed, did not factor in their calculations—because, as Trump has also found out, it is a crime in the Jewish lobby’s eyes even to be neutral with regard to the Jews-only state.
While Trump’s back down on all these major issues came as no surprise to anyone familiar with the man’s made-up-on-the-spot politics, it does serve as an instructive lesson on just how much power the Jewish lobby has over American politics.
In addition, it has demonstrated conclusively that anyone expecting any change in a Trump presidency with regard to Israel’s parasitic relationship with the US, will be sorely disappointed.