Donald Trump May Be The Most Pro-Jewish President Ever
This election, there is no subgroup for whom the stakes are higher than my Jewish co-religionists.
That’s because, for starters, Donald Trump is quite possibly the most pro-Jewish president ever — or at least since George Washington famously assured the Jews of Newport, RI, that each child of the “stock of Abraham” would forever “sit in safety under his own vine and fig tree.”
Through word and deed, President Trump — a father of an observant Jew and grandfather of Jewish children — has repeatedly established himself as a true friend and guardian of the people of the covenant. And in the post-1948 era of Zionism, Trump has been by far the most loyal and transformative friend of the world’s sole Jewish state.
Trump ended decades of presidential timidity and promise-breaking by finally moving the US embassy to Jerusalem. He withdrew the United States from the harrowing capitulation to evil that was the Obama-Biden nuclear accord with Iran and has slapped crippling sanctions on the mullocracy.
He decimated the Islamic State “caliphate” and decapitated Iranian arch-terrorist Qassem Soleimani, both threats to Israel and Jews everywhere. He closed the terrorist Palestine Liberation Organization’s mission in Washington and defunded the Palestinian Authority itself due to its barbaric “pay-to-slay” subsidies.
Trump also cut funding or outright withdrew from three anti-Israel UN bodies: the (grossly misnamed) UN Human Rights Council, UNWRA and UNESCO.
And we’re just getting started. Team Trump has boldly stood up for Israeli “settlements” in Judea and Samaria. The president formally recognized Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights and rolled out the most pro-Israel plan for peace with the Palestinian Arabs that a US president has ever endorsed.
Most remarkably, the man who wrote “The Art of the Deal” shepherded through not one but two (thus far!) separate normalization agreements between Israel and the Arab world. That’s probably the most important positive diplomatic triumph for Israel (and for Jews worldwide, who benefit from a strong Jewish state) in decades. Imagine what a second term could bring.
On the domestic front, Trump signed a groundbreaking executive order to protect besieged Jewish and Zionist university students under the statutory ambit of Title VI — a dynamic move that has already led to a high-profile settlement agreement between the Department of Education and NYU. The order is perhaps the single most emphatic pro-Jewish action a sitting president has ever taken.
On religious liberty, Trump appointed myriad staunch First Amendment defenders up and down the federal judiciary. He’s also pushed administrative rules to protect religious social-service providers and faith-based adoption agencies from discrimination. And under Trump, the Department of Justice has routinely defended Jewish communities under assault. And, of course, Jews have benefited from tremendous economic gains under Trump.
Compare all that with a Biden-Harris administration — which would lend a voice to Jew-haters like Linda Sarsour and Ilhan Omar and, indeed, likely undo most (if not every one) of Trump’s advancements.
A President Joe Biden would surely resurrect the nuclear deal with Iran that posed an existential threat to Israel (and others) and re-elevate the terror-backing Palestinian Arab kleptocrats to positions of prominence. Anti-Semites would be empowered across university campuses and “woke” corporate America, throughout the federal bureaucracy and in the wretched bowels of Turtle Bay.
In short, Biden-Harris could lead to yet another cash bailout for an emboldened, nuke-seeking Iran and a nationwide unleashing of anti-Jewish bigotry, particularly from the left.
There’s so much more at stake, too. Indeed, the very notion of America itself — an America that has more than lived up to Washington’s promise and served as Jews’ most vital, most welcoming refuge for more than two centuries — is at risk.
Trump, as he put it in his Independence Day speech, stands for the spirit of 1776 — a national ethos of meritocracy, liberty, order and the rule of law. Biden, by contrast, can barely bring himself to decry the destruction and violence that have stemmed from the Antifa and Black Lives Matter movements and embraces intersectional “woke-ism,” pseudo-intellectual nostrums and class-warfare economics that would all come at Jews’ expense.
Clearly, American Jews will do best under only one of these two visions. It’s not Biden’s.
Josh Hammer is Newsweek opinion editor and a research fellow with the Edmund Burke Foundation. Twitter: @josh_hammer
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