12.12.17

President Donald Trump is Not the Mashaich by guest author Barouch Levy

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    The long overdue  and obligatory acknowledgement by President Trump, in recognizing Jerusalem as the Capitol of Israel, is indeed and an important thing in itself. Not only does it legitimize the return of Jewish sovereignty in that holy city, but it officially removes the American position, from  amongst the many, who  by their stubborn recalcitrance on the issue, project  an active denial of any connection of the Jewish People with the ancient ,present and future, holiness of Jerusalem. The American position on Jerusalem, since Israel was established, until this week, has been completely compatible with an American governmental relationship with  Israel, which was either entirely secular and/ or anti-Semitic. Thus, Present Trump, and his obligatory acknowledgement, that indeed Jerusalem is the Capitol Of Israel, removes the United States from the company on this issue, of these deplorables.
 
This being said, the effusive outpouring of gratitude to President for the policy change and the euphoria it has evoked from many Jews, is quite problematic. First of all this reflects an ignorance of American policy towards Israel over the years, in general and an ignorance of the Trump Administration's Middle East Policy in particular. Indeed at this juncture,  is seems that the Trump Admiration's Mid East policy is rather reminiscent of past American policy in the region, particularly that of certain Republican administrations. Secondly, this Jewish reaction, is reflective of 'sadly, our continuing "galut" mentality , even after close to seventy years of independence in the State of Israel. The site of a large American flag next an Israeli one bedecking the wall  of Jerusalem, near the citadel of David, the symbol of Jewish kingship, strength and self-reliance and faith in G-d, no doubt the handiwork of not, the American government, but Jews in Israel, is disturbing in the eyes of any real Jewish nationalist
 
   Knesset Member ,Moshe Feigllin, who was recently quoted about a possible impending change in the status of Jerusalem, remarked that such a development, would be miraculous and of an historical significance, similar to that of the Balfour "Declaration. Odd indeed. First of all, in 1922, a mere five years after the announcement of the Balfour Declaration, the British government began to issue a series of documents, collectively  called the "White Paper", which were a retraction of the declared policy intentions the Balfour Declaration . In fact the 1939 segment of the British White Paper contained an express written intention to terminate Jewish aspirations for sovereignty in the Land of Israel. The Jewish Agency's reaction to the 1939 White Paper, was that the British Government intended to "put up a territorial ghetto for Jews in their own homeland",  at "this darkest hour Jewish history". None the less, may Jews at the time considered the Balfour Declaration to be of miraculous and historical significance. Many Jews including Moshe Feiglin, still consider this to be true.  Secondly Knesset Member Feiglin, perhaps more than any other Jewish public figure, must be aware of the potential or presently emerging similarities of the developing  Trump Middle East policy, and that of the policy enacted during the tenure of former President Ronald Reagan. A particularly significant role was played in the formulation of that infamous policy by the former Secretary of Defense Capper Weinberger, the nemesis of the paroled, but heavily fettered and repressed Jonathan Pollard.
 
  In an article by Feiglin, appearing in the internet edition of the Israeli paper, "Maariv,"of April 6, 2008, Feiglin commented on Jonathan Pollard, the Jewish American Israeli agent, who, illicitly, in the legal sense, interfered in the American Middle East policy. In regard to that interference, Feiglin appropriately labeled Pollard the "man who saved Israel from American indifference and insensitivity by bringing to Israel's attention vital information vital to the continuation of its existence."
 
   During the period of the Reagan administration, the United States had developed and alliance with the now deposed Iraqi despot, Saddam Hussein, in order to restrain the expansionist aspirations in the Persian Gulf of the Iranian Islamic regime. That regime had come to power, not long before the ascent of the Reagan administration, in a revolution led by Ayatollah Khomeini who both  he and his regime had become identified with Anti-Americanism, largely due to the Iranian hostage crisis. As part of a budding military alliance between the united States and Iraq, the Reagan administration enabled Iraq to acquire, in essence, provided Iraq weaponry, which included poison gas and its accompanying delivery capacity, which could not only be used against Iran but could and did threaten Israel. Jonathon Pollard, in his work as a civilian intelligence analyst, became aware of this threat to Israeli population centers and brought the matter to his superiors. He was reportedly told, "That Jews are too sensitive to gas.".
 
Similarly, today the Trump Administration is actively cultivating an alliance with Saudi Arabia against Iran. Obviously that alliance has a significant military component. How will Jews and Israelis be  desensitized to  a buildup of American arms in the Arabian peninsula to those whose remarks on Trump's Jerusalem Declaration were not too different than the reaction emitted by Iran? This armament will not  be hidden in some Saudia Arabian wasteland by someone like Casper Weinberger, so that some kind of future Jonathan Pollard will not tip off the Israelis.
 
   The major actor in this role of Jewish desensitization is to be played by Saudi Arabia. They will declare "peace" with Israel. But only after, as described by the Jewish Agency, in its reaction to the British White Paper, "The national home is converted into another cramped and dangerous ghetto.". Indeed, in the regular Hebrew addition of "Arutz 7", December 7,2017, columist Nitzan Kedar writes, in "Declaration of Intentions", as follows,|". . . circles close to Trump are saying that a recognition on Jerusalem and a declaration on the beginning of the transfer of the Embassy is a significant enough step, such that its price will be the absolute and clear agreement by Israel to the two state solution."
 
Rather clearly, it seems that President Donald Trump's policy hopes are significantly similar   to Prime  Minister Winston Churchill's government's intention to permanently debilitate Jewish nationalism, by way of the 1939 White Paper . So too, are we reminded of the American Truman Administration, which rushed to "declare" its immediate recognition of the State of Israel,  parallel to the imposition of an arms embargo which was intended to contribute to expected Jewish defeat.  The American-Soviet collusion during the Eisenhower Administration, of forcing an Israeli withdrawal from the Sinai, lead directly to the grave threat Israel experienced to its it existence, in the days prior to the Six Day war. The failure of Israel to  engage in a precautionary military initiative prior to the Yom Kippur War, is largely attributed to a policy, advocated by Henry Kissinger, during the Nixon Administration ,which was intended generate Israeli military setbacks. These setbacks, it was envisioned, would make Israel more amenable to a compliance with a withdrawal to pre-1967 borders.  The Oslo Agreement of the Clinton Administration, had at its heart a two state solution, which by its nature obligated, a return to this last "cramped and dangerous  ghetto". In the parlance of the day, this was described correctly as "ghetto from Hadera to Gedera. 
 
As "everyone" knows, the two state solution is at the heart of the Trump Administration's  Mid East policy.  In as much at it is, we are back to the White Paper. In fact we have never left. The significant difference is in President Trump's sales presentation.  "Whatever the sides want.", and "Israel will get lots of love", are examples of President Trump's new soft sell sales approach. Added to this are the plans of erecting "a monument for peace", the new American Embassy building, in Jerusalem at some unspecified, far off time.
 
  During the First Gulf War, "everyone' in Israel was tremendously grateful for the partial American destruction of Iraq's military might. Rabbi Yisrael  Ber  Odesser, recipient of Rabbi Nachman's letter and signature, the well-known in Israel "Na Nach Nachma Nachman from Uman, reportedly chastised his students for their unjustified gratitude. "What the Americans do, they do for themselves." At the same meeting ,or perhaps latter, it was reported that Rabbi Yisrael clarified "Roosevelt was worse than Hitler. Hitler acted out of insanity, whereas Roosevelt ,operated with careful consideration and well thought out thinking.". Certainly, Former Secretary of The Treasury ,Henry Morgenthau's memorandum, Entitled, "The Report to the Secretary of this Government's Acquiescence to the Murder of the Jews, of January 13, 1943, does much to corroborate the testimony of Rabbi Yisrael's remarks.
 
  In light of the unjustified exaggerated enthusiasm with which many Jews greeted President Trump's Jerusalem Declaration, it behooves these people to heed these above, reported, words of Rabbi Yisrael .Many, including sophisticated observers of the Israel-United States relationship, and some of the most keen critics of the two state solution are suddenly buoyed in their uncritical almost unrestrained "faith" in President Trump and his intentions towards Israel.  Even the Saudi Arabians, a cornerstone of the Trump "peace" initiative, now are almost viewed as paradigms of peaceful and cooperative coexistence with the Jews. Rabbi Yisrael said, "Without Rabbi Nachman, everything is confused.". The  sudden, almost unbounded confidence in President Donald Trump, after the Jerusalem Declaration, is an example, par excellence, of this.

Former Israeli  Prime Minister, Yitzhak Shamir, claimed "The sea is still the same sea, the Arabs are still the same Arabs. How true. Unfortunately, the United States Government and in its relationship to Israel, is still the same United  States Government. In any event, the Trump Administration policy in the Middle East should be viewed with caution. In spite of the benefits of the Jerusalem Declaration, many should paid attention to the points of reality, upon which, that this  article has tried to focus attention. President Donald Trump is no Obama. This is correctly understood. But neither is he Mashiach Ben David. Sorry.

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