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Trump Highlights Israel’s Liberalism
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  • lukelea

    “Trump will never be president”

    That is the question.

    • Andrew Allison

      No, that is hubris. TAI is becoming elitist in a world in which elitism is increasing out of favor.

      • Tom

        The problem is that nearly 60% of the American electorate view Trump unfavorably. Trump could win against Clinton; against Sanders he would lose, and lose big.

        • Andrew Allison

          Surely you jest? Sanders is a geriatric dyed-in-the-wool socialist who has spent 25 years in Washington — do you really think that mainstream USA (as opposed to the idiots rioting on campuses and the rest of the BGI) would vote for him. More to the point, it’s the opinion of Republicans, 60% of whom approve, independents, and the Democrats who are fed up that matters. None of which has anything to do with the inappropriate, sneering dismissiveness of the post in question.

          • Tom

            Given the choice between Sanders and Trump, the left will unify behind Sanders, the center will vote against Trump or stay home, and the libertarian right will stay home.
            At that juncture, Sanders will win the presidency.

          • Dale Fayda

            Unless Hillary is indicted by Obama’s FBI (extremely doubtful) Sanders has NO chance at the nomination. He’s way behind in just about every poll heading into New Hampshire and Iowa and his chances of winning any other primaries after losing the first few are slim to none. Once he loses the first two or three, his donor base will fall away, the enthusiasm of his micro-brained grass-roots supporters will wane and he’ll be forced to drop out.

            No, I believe that at this stage, it’s the “Clinton crime family” for the Democrat party nomination all the way.

  • solstice

    And Israel does not heavily monitor mosques, shut down radical mosques, keep a database of a large portion of its Muslim population, and implement strict restrictions on the kinds of Muslims who can enter the country? If you think that Israel does not implement these “proto-fascist” policies, JW, I can assure you that it does, because if it didn’t, the number of terrorist attacks in the country would be much higher. And although Israel provided citizenship to Arab Muslims already in the country after the 1948 war, it does not allow any other Muslims to migrate to Israel and acquire Israeli citizenship–a policy you would no doubt consider to be “proto-fascist.” If there are additional large-scale Islamic terrorist attacks in the West, and there certainly will be, the calls for such common-sense policies to be implemented will increase exponentially.

    • TheCynical1

      “JW’s” second dense post in three days. An establishment tool.

    • ‫הבוקר שלי‬‎

      1. ofc the people who been there after 48′ war got a citizenship… and ofc the next people to try to have from abroad will not get. if this is “proto-fascist” then you actually label the whole world.
      2. israel does not monitor its people. this is the law. every israeli citizen who need to be monitored must have the approval of the justice system, and if you know the israeli political, security and justice system, you would know that the court does not follow no one but himself.
      3. israel doesnt have many terrorist attacks inside the state because of – A) the seperate wall with gaza and the WB. B) there are security guars on almost every commerical centres, supermarkets and more. C) the israeli-arabs want to be involved in building the state and to contribute to the economy. in long-term, the arabs will be fully involved in military, economy, eduation and gov. so maybe israel is the first country who made the forumla to build multi cultural community.

  • Anthony

    “There are many roads to political disaster: greed, hubris, the charisma of the demagogue, and, perhaps most dangerous of all, fear. When people panic, they become hysterical, and hysteria often leads to mass violence. When politicians convince people that they are in a life-or-death battale – that survival is a matter of ‘us or them’ – anything becomes possible.” http://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/western-politicians-and-islamophobia-by-ian-buruma-2015-12

  • xymbaline

    Simply wrong. Trump will be President.

    • Gary Hemminger

      Would you like to put a wager on this xymbaline. I would pretty much anything you want that he won’t.

      • xymbaline

        Let’s say the loser donates $100 to the Veteran’s charity of choice. Mine would be the Paralyzed Veterans of America here in Central Florida. I won’t lose, however, and I give them more than that per year anyway.

    • Re

      No, it is impossible. It’s all about demography and if Romney couldn’t win in 2012 with 60% of the white vote and 27% of the latino vote Trump won’t be able to win in 2016 with only 13% of the Latino vote and an America where Latino voters will have added 3.5 million people to their group, and I don’t even talk about Asians following the same trend.

      Sorry to burst your bubble guys but mathematically speaking he has no hope of winning. Trump as GOP contender simply means Hillary winning the presidency.

      • azt24

        Last time I checked, Trump was polling 25% of the black vote. Trump has street cred, at a time when the Washington elite of both parties has turned into an American version of Versailles, circa 1789. After eight years of Obama, Americans are looking for a strong leader this time around. If anything, Trump’s support might be understated, like all those British voters who refused to tell pollsters they were going to vote Conservative.

        • Re

          Last time I checked he had 11% of the black vote. There’s no way for him to get 25%.

          • CapitalHawk

            At least one poll did show Trump with 25% of the black vote in a head to head with Clinton. Whether he actually would (or does) get that remains to be seen. Nothing is impossible. And if any Republican gets 25% of the black vote in a national election, the Democrat can’t win.

  • Gary Hemminger

    I think there is one thing that this article misses. The fact that Israel doesn’t have an ideological left that dominates its media and its institutions like the US and Europe. The ideological left will never change its attitude no matter how many people are killed. They will continue to push for open borders, fail to secure borders, and never say the terrible word radical Islam. If these people didn’t exist, and if the public felt that the government wanted to keep them safe, even though there were constant attacks, I think the wierdo right like Trump wouldn’t gain ground. It is precisely because of the vacuum created by the ideological left that allows the ideological right to come out. This is my opinion at least.

    • solstice

      Democratic and Republican party establishments have both failed to properly address the problem of Islamic jihadism. Their inability to understand and even name the problem properly has made the rise of a figure like Trump inevitable. If they are currently panicking at Trump’s popularity, they have only themselves to blame.

    • azt24

      But Israel does have an ideological left controlling papers like HaAretz and the Israeli Supreme Court. But Israel is a small country of the front lines of the war against Islamism. Even the “beautiful souls” cannot wall themselves off from terror attacks or pretend that their responses to terror is what caused terror in first place. They are there; they know different. That is why the 2nd intifada shifted the Israeli consensus so far to the right.

      • ljgude

        Yes, Israel was a very socialist country from it founding and has a very strong left with plenty of media outlets and institutions. The leftist narrative just can’t sustain itself in Israel the way it can here. It is an instructive journey to watch.

    • ‫הבוקר שלי‬‎

      the most common internal claims against the israeli left wing is that they control the media, the court, the education, the military etc…
      the different between left and right in israel (and i might believe americans feel the same many times) is only about economy, immigration and because of our most debated issue – the settlements. there is no much different between normal left, center, and normal right parties… they all believe the same when it comes to security and military. maybe in the left side more open views about the enemies, but it is so much depentable.

  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    What a ridiculous article, Israel built a double walled fence to keep the Palestinians out! Trump is only proposing a halt in Muslim immigration, until security measures can be taken to protect Americans. And everytime I see a prediction that Trump will “Never” be president, I wonder where these idiots are getting their evidence, as they “Never” state what evidence they have for this foolish prediction. It seems to me that Trump is the savviest one running, he is continually successful at crushing everyone that comes against him. And his polling is going to rise some more with his plan to end Muslim immigration, he will even pick up Latino votes for his position. Every time someone calls Trump a “Racist” they insult everyone of his supporters that doesn’t consider themselves a racist.

    • azt24

      As Rush Limbaugh says to the Republican candidates who claim nominating Trump would mean an automatic loss to Hillary Clinton, “If Trump is so easy to beat, why can’t you do it?”

      Trump has certainly managed the unique feat of commandeering media attention while being immune to media criticism.

  • lehnne

    This commentary is so disconnected from on the ground reality AI should be embarrassed publish it, then again, Mead is an Obama voter; never mind

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