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But is he good for Israel?

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17.10.2020

It’s election time in the US and that question is on most of our minds again within the Jewish and American-Israeli community. Which US presidential candidate is better for Israel?

We should stop asking. Not only has our concern for Israel been turned into a damaging wedge issue, but there are much larger issues at stake than the differences in Israel policy between the two overwhelmingly pro-Israel presidential candidates (and strong arguments have been made for both Joe Biden and Donald Trump across the Jewish and Israeli press).

If we had presidential candidates who held identical views on every issue, maybe the question of who is better for Israel (and for American Jews) would be relevant or important. But all things are not equal. One candidate, Donald Trump, has a four-year track record of scorching the earth on issues of environment, public health, and racism (among many others). Israel’s wellbeing is tied to these issues in myriad ways, from relations with the US Jewish community (A majority of Israelis support Trump, while American Jews overwhelming reject him) to Israel’s food security (more on this below).

The bottom line: Israel will be worse off under a second Trump term because we also live on this planet, and this country will be exposed to more politically, environmentally, and economically volatile world under a second Trump presidency.

Donald Trump’s dangerous world of environmental degradation is bad for Israel.

Human-caused climate change is a preeminent threat to human life on the planet. In Israel, impacts will likely include extreme and intolerable heat waves and coastal flooding. This is not just a discomfort for Israel – climate change will severely disrupt........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)


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