We have a president in the White House who is at minimum an unwitting beneficiary of this foreign warfare. At worst, he’s a foreign agent.
Unlike the president he serves, Jason Greenblatt may have the gravitas to make progress in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Unlike parliamentary democracies, which can dissolve legislatures and dismiss prime ministers at will, the U.S. Constitution makes removing a president a national trauma. The process is meant to ensure stability. It worked for 229 years. But the Founders didn’t fathom the likes of Trump.
The reality is that we don’t know what to do about Trump, which only adds to our shock.
The foreign minister of Saudi Arabia said on Sunday, February 19, that 2017 “will be a year” in which “progress can be made in the Arab-Israeli conflict.”
If Democrats want to remove Trump from the White House, they must decide that it is more important than protecting the specific policies they been fighting for over the past half-century or more.
Across the country, wherever they gather, Jews seem anxious and afraid. They’re afraid for America. They’re afraid for Israel. And, to an alarming degree, they’re afraid of each other.
The prime minister, however, has any number of reasons, some of which he’d rather not advertise, to tread carefully with the new president.
At times, looking for the Jewish angle in a major public event can feel small, parochial and petty. Not this time. The contrast between the two Jews on the podium, Senator Chuck Schumer and Rabbi Marvin Hier, and everyone else who spoke was quite striking.
Leaders of Jewish advocacy groups often say their tax status bars them from opining on political candidates, including appointees. When the issue is Israel’s views, as when President Obama nominated the supposedly hostile Chuck Hagel for defense secretary in 2011, those rules are out the window. The rule apparently holds, though, when the needs of American Jews are at stake.