So I watched the first Clinton vs Trump debate. The following reviews pretty much summarize how I thought it went as a whole:
But my main reason for writing this post is to point out is that, during this debate, Trump was the only candidate who mentioned his good relations with Israel. The word “Israel” was absent from Clinton’s speaking throughout the entire event. This is a superficially insignificant but profoundly seismic rhetorical shift from the standard format in past debates when both ‘opposing’ candidates were guaranteed to each try to outboast the other regarding the importance of Israel as an ally to the US (including when the debate question had nothing to do with Israel). I am guessing Clinton has become aware that a large enough fraction of the Democrat grassroots are now anti-Israel enough - as we have documented previously – that it would be better for her campaign to leave Israel unmentioned unless specifically asked.
A tiny step, admittedly, but we were the ones who made it happen. Now the Democrats need to be rewarded for this shift with election victory in November. This would facilitate us in subsequently pushing the shift even harder, and finally splitting the US two-party system into a pro-Israel (Republican) side and an anti-Israel (Democrat) side and thus a genuine bifurcation in foreign policy vision, as I have long maintained is wholly possible to achieve.
The alternative election outcome would be too disastrous to contemplate:
Republican candidate Donald Trump pledged Sunday in a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s “undivided” capital if he is elected president.
Netanyahu met privately with Trump at his residence in Trump Tower a day before the New York billionaire faces off against Democratic rival Hillary Clinton for their first presidential debate.
“Trump acknowledged that Jerusalem has been the eternal capital of the Jewish people for over 3000 years, and that the United States, under a Trump administration, will finally accept the long-standing congressional mandate to recognize Jerusalem as the undivided capital of the state of Israel,” his campaign said in a statement.
Israel captured the Arab eastern half of Jerusalem during the 1967 Arab-Israeli war, and annexed it in 1980, declaring all of Jerusalem Israel’s unified capital.
The United States — and most other UN member countries — do not recognize the annexation and consider Jerusalem’s final status to be a key issue to be resolved in peace negotiations with the Palestinians.
The US Congress passed a law in October 1995 calling for an undivided Jerusalem to be recognized as Israel’s capital and to authorize funding for moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
But no US president — Democrat or Republican — has implemented the law, regarding it as an infringement on the executive branch’s authority over foreign policy.
The Trump statement said he promised Netanyahu that the United States would provide Israel with “extraordinary strategic, technological and military cooperation” if he is elected.
“Mr Trump recognized Israel as a vital partner of the United States in the global war against radical Islamic terrorism,” it said.
“They discussed at length the nuclear deal with Iran, the battle against ISIS and many other regional security concerns.”
The campaign said they also discussed Israel’s experience with the security fence” used to wall off Israel from the West Bank.
Trump has made building a wall along the US-Mexico border a signature campaign promise.