FULL DISCLOSURE: This commentary is not an endorsement for, or against, any candidate. And even though this investigative journalist is American-Israeli (a dual citizen) and votes in both countries, suffice to state that naming a candidate of choice is neither here nor there. Besides, some decisions should remain private. Even so, readers are free to speculate as to where a preference lies.
MOVING right along, most recognize that political arenas are cesspools (and this is coming from someone who majored in both political science and criminal justice and understands the terrain very well, never mind the VERY close connections with top-level political scientists), and dangerous ones at that. But sitting atop the general fare of brass knuckle tactics (akin to a more “polite” version of the “give and take” within Mafia hierarchies, dead bodies and all) lies the tactic of smear campaigns, truth be damned. Makes no diff. The idea is that once a seed is planted, well, most won’t even bother to find out if there is even a grain of substance to sustain it. Basically, if a lie is repeated often enough, voilà, it becomes the de facto truth. Not on this end.
ALAS, this is precisely why this commentary is being written, and for no other reason.
NOW, aside from all the comments swirling around via the captured media – with social media in the forefront – as to Trump’s alleged derogatory remarks re Jews and Israel, well, the advice within is: Take it with less than a pinch of salt. Yes, we know that he has loose lips and shoots from the hip, and can often make bombastic and hard to swallow comments. Cringe-worthy. Agreed. But when it comes to so-called “tachlis”, intrinsically, Trump is solidly pro-American, pro-Israel and LOVES the Jewish people. Simple as that.
AND before we go any further, “Ivankala” (his eldest daughter) is known to be his “little princess”, and this is no secret. Not only is she his highly accomplished and beautiful “front-woman” in the campaign, just as clearly, she wouldn’t have made a major life decision which would have alienated her beloved father, unlike many other grown offspring. And this is where the truth really lies, at least in his feelings towards Jews.
IN this regard, many already know that his daughter converted to Judaism and married into an Orthodox Jewish family. We will get to that.
NEVERTHELESS, when single, she was considered one of the most sought after lovelies in New York’s high society scene, and for good reason. Let’s just agree on that too. So out of all her equally eligible suitors within non-Jewish circles, she chose to marry a Jewish Orthodox young man, albeit, certainly not a ne’er-do-well. Hmm.
Naturally, this won’t make a bit of difference to leftist/liberal Jews, about 70% of the Jewish population in America, many of whom are not supporters of Israel either.
Trump is from New York, works in professions saturated with Jews and long has been a vocal supporter of Israel. His daughter and two grandchildren are Jewish, the executive vice president of his organization is Jewish — and Trump certainly has chutzpah.
Given his myriad Jewish associations, Trump is a familiar face in Jewish circles. He has served as a grand marshal at New York’s annual Salute to Israel Parade. After Hurricane Katrina, he was among a group of celebrities who decorated Jewish federation tzedakah boxes to be auctioned off to support hurricane disaster relief. And in February, he was honored with an award at the annual gala for the Algemeiner, a Jewish news organization.
Before the 2013 Israeli election, Trump recorded a video message endorsing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. What’s more, Trump has made clear he believes President Barack Obama is bad for Israel and has questioned how American Jews could support the president.
Trump’s closest Jewish association is with his daughter Ivanka’s family. Ivanka Trump, a fashion designer and celebrity in her own right, converted to Judaism before marrying Jared Kushner, the son of New York Jewish real estate developer Charles Kushner. She studied for her Orthodox conversion with Rabbi Haskel Lookstein of Manhattan’s Kehilath Jeshurun synagogue and the Ramaz School, and Lookstein officiated at her wedding. Trump and Kushner are members of Lookstein’s Orthodox synagogue and are Shabbat observant. They have two children with a third on the way.
AS an aside, to lend even more context and texture, Jared Kushner, her husband, father of her children, and Trump’s son-in-law, is an alumnus of the same Jewish prep high school as this investigative journalist’s son – Kushner, not surprisingly, had a privileged upbringing, attending the Frisch School, a private Yeshiva day school in Paramus. While he was applying to colleges, his dad reportedly pledged $2.5 million to Harvard University, where Kushner eventually enrolled and graduated with honors. Yes, their paths crossed, even though Jared is clearly his senior age-wise.
MORE pointedly, no way, no how – and only in an alternative universe – would his precious “Ivankala” have married a Jew AND converted without her father’s blessing! Now, can anyone imagine “The Donald” keeping quiet about the courtship to begin with if it didn’t meet his approval, or, for that matter, about anything else of that magnitude? Nonsense.
TO wit, is there any other expression of his warm feelings towards Jews which matches that of the pride he shows in his fully JEWISH daughter and his JEWISH grandchildren?
DIDN’T think so….all the political and media garbage beside the point.