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Trump, Israel, and Dr. Waxman

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21.10.2020

Dr. Dov Waxman has published a featured post headlined with a question, “So, you think Trump has been good for Israel?” As the provocative title suggests, if you think the answer to the question is ‘yes,’ you’re mistaken. But don’t feel too bad about that, because it turns out that the majority of Israelis—who, Dr. Waxman acknowledges, also think the answer is ‘yes’—also are mistaken. As a matter of fact, the one who truly knows what is best for Israel isn’t you, and it isn’t the majority of Israelis—it’s Dr. Waxman.

Dr. Waxman’s post begins with this: “Recent polls show that Israelis strongly prefer President Trump to his Democratic rival, former Vice President Joe Biden. The reason for this is obvious. Many Israelis, specifically Jewish Israelis, think that Trump has been the most ‘pro-Israel’ president in modern times.”

Notwithstanding that strong preference of a majority of Israelis, Dr. Waxman implicitly draws a bizarre distinction between Israelis and Jewish Israelis; it’s almost as if he believes Jews are a minority of the Israeli population. Later in the piece he writes: “But while Trump’s actions have been popular with Israeli Jews….” And, in a similar vein: “It’s easy to understand why Israelis, especially those on the right, believe that Trump has been so good for Israel.” Of course, Israelis “on the right” are part of Israel’s population, just like Jewish Israelis.

Dr. Waxman seems to believe that, if a majority of non-Jewish Israelis do not prefer Trump, or a majority of left-wing Israelis do not, then the preference of a majority of all........

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