Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Israeli Conservatives Celebrate Trump Win

It's morning in America. But it was also morning in Israel.
Israel Chairman of Republicans overseas Marc Zell gave thanks at the Western Wall Wednesday for Donald J. Trump’s election as US president.
Wearing suit and tie and a white “Make America Great Again” baseball cap, the co-chair of Republicans Overseas Israel donned phylacteries, danced with ultra-Orthodox worshipers and recited verses of thanksgiving from Psalms. He also wrote a note, apparently containing a wish, and placed it into the ancient stones of the wall.
“I came here simply because I wanted to express my feeling of gratitude to the Holy One, Blessed be He, for what he gave us, for what he gave Donald Trump and [vice-president-elect] Mike Pence and the entire team, also in Israel and across the world,” Marc Zell told reporters.
“I am in the clouds, really,” he said, visibly moved at Trump’s surprising victory. “I believed it would happen, but when it actually came true, I didn’t understand what’s going on here. It’s something supernatural.”Furthermore, the US needs to start implementing a “policy of not getting involved again in internal affairs of the State of Israel, including building in its capital Jerusalem and in Judea and Samaria and the Golan,” he said, using a biblical term for the West Bank.
Zell said the win constituted “strong evidence of the hand of God,” and added that now the US and Israel would once again be strong and safe, and would repair a bilateral relationship that many Republicans feel has suffered over the eight-year Obama administration.
“The most important element here is that we sent a critical message to people in the United States who support and love Israel …that we are with them. This message has gone viral, and we see the results – people got out to vote, supported Trump and they were part of yesterday’s miracle,” Zell concluded.
The President-elect’s first order of business should be a recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Zell said. Trump should then move the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem — as he pledged during the campaign — and shut down the US consulate-general in Jerusalem, which he said serves as a de facto embassy to the Palestine Liberation Organization
Similar sentiments can be seen across the Israeli right.
“Trump’s victory is an opportunity for Israel to immediately retract the notion of a Palestinian state in the center of the country, which would hurt our security and just cause,” said Naftali Bennett, leader of the Jewish Home party that sits in Israel’s governing coalition and advocates for annexation of the West Bank.“
I’m in another universe,” said Marc Zell, co-chair of lobby group Republican Overseas Israel who lives in an Israeli settlement inside the West Bank. “It’s beyond my wildest expectations.”

Bayit Yehudi chairman and Education Minister Naftali Bennett said "the era of a Palestinian state is over."

"Trump's victory is an opportunity for Israel to immediately retract the notion of a Palestinian state in the center of the country, which would hurt our security and just cause. This is the position of the President-elect, as written in his platform, and it should be our policy, plain and simple," he wrote.
Bennett's statement came in the aftermath of MK Bezalel Smotrich's (Bayit Yehudi) statement earlier on Wednesday. Smotrich seized on Trump's abandonment of the two-state solution during the US presidential campaign. He said the idea of an independent Palestinian state was now "shelved immediately."
Likud MK Yehuda Glick congratulated the Republican candidate on his victory in Tuesday's election.

"It appears that the American people are tired of hypocrisy and political correctness and prefer straight talk," Glick said, Wednesday morning.
There's also positive notes from Trump's adviser on Israel. And likely ambassador.
Israelis are going to have a friend in President-elect Donald Trump the likes of which the Jewish state has “never seen before," David Friedman, Trump’s adviser on Jewish and Israeli matters, told The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday.

Speaking shortly after Trump delivered his victory speech in New York, Friedman – co-chair of the President-elect’s Israel Advisory Committee - said that the hostility which existed between Washington DC and Jerusalem under President Barack Obama would completely disappear under Trump's leadership.
“The level of friendship between the US and Israel is going to grow like never before and it will be better than ever, even the way it was under Republican administrations in the past,” Friedman told the Post.

Friedman is said to be a leading candidate to become the US’s new ambassador to Israel under Trump.

According to Friedman, one of the administration’s first moves will be to follow through on a campaign promise Ivanka Trump made last month according to which her father will move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem if elected.

“It was a campaign promise and there is every intention to keep it,” Friedman said. “We are going to see a very different relationship between America and Israel in a positive way.”

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