Iyar 25, 5777
May 22, 2017
Your humble servant is traveling, often in places with no internet service. This blog will be updated as possible– to return to normal publication on May 26. Thank you for your patience!
What Has Trump Wrought?
So Trump has arrived in Israel.
But before coming, several interesting developments have transpired that are revelatory to say the least.
First, President Trump signed a 350,000,000,000 (yes, you read that correctly: $350 billion dollar) arms deal with Saudi Arabia. It is worthwhile mentioning, as virtually no one else seems to want to, that discounting Iran, Saudi Arabia has been the foremost sponsor of Islamic extremism for decades.
What is going to happen to all of those weapons one day when the Saudi royal family is overthrown?
Second, President Trump’s advance team was in Jerusalem this week. One of their stops was the Kotel (Western Wall). The Israelis had believed that President Trump and PM Netanyahu would go to the Wall together accompanied by Israeli media.
That wasn’t the Trumpian plan.
Trump’s senior advisors declared that the Wall is part of West Bank (aka to the western world as “Palestine”). They went on to declare that they did not want Netanyahu to accompany Trump because the visit to the Wall would be a “private visit.”
Can you believe this?
So finally, Trump landed today . Out in the welcoming group on the tarmac at Ben Gurion stood Naftali Bennett, the only Israeli government member with an ounce of integrity. When he shook hands with Trump, Bennett asked the president to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Trump’s response: “That’s a good one.”
That’s a good one–isn’t that what people say when they hear a joke?
So that’s where things stand at the moment. As your humble servant writes this blog, Trump is visiting the Church of the Holy Sepulchre while commentators from around the world are crowing about a new Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.
Is this what Trump has wrought?