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Personality vs. Policy

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12.11.2020

There is an interesting juxtaposition of articles in today’s (Nov. 11) Times of Israel. Rabbi Yosef Blau has written a featured post headlined “The ethical cost of Jewish communal support for Donald Trump,” while the ToI itself carries a news article headlined, “UN watchdog: Iran storing 12 times more enriched uranium than nuke deal allows”. They make for interesting reading, particularly if they are read in series.

Rabbi Blau’s thrust is that there is a substantial “ethical cost” to be paid by those Jews, whether in Israel or the U.S., who supported Trump. This is true, according to Rabbi Blau, because Trump is:

“crude,”

“rude,”

prone to “name-calling instead of arguments,”

“using his position for personal gain,”

someone who “has been accused of serious sexual misbehavior, as well financial illegalities,”

someone who “believes winning is all that matters [and] sees life in transactional terms,”

“not conducting himself in accord with [religious denominations’] expectation of upright behavior,”

and someone who “went bankrupt many times, yet never personally paid the price.”

The rabbi is not one of Trump’s biggest fans.

I think the rabbi would have a hard time proving some of his allegations: rather than profiting from the presidency, I’d bet Trump actually lost a........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)


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