TRUMP COUN­TER­POINT

The Jerusalem Post Magazine - - LETTERS -

In his Oc­to­ber 26 Ob­ser­va­tions col­umn, “The new re­li­gion of Amer­i­can Jewry,” Stu­art Weiss won­ders why most Amer­i­can Jews “can­not ac­knowl­edge all the pos­i­tive things Trump has de­liv­ered to us,” in­clud­ing mov­ing the US Em­bassy to Jerusalem.

One rea­son is that while most of these Jews rec­og­nize that Jerusalem al­ways has been and al­ways will be Is­rael’s cap­i­tal, they be­lieve that other coun­tries will not fol­low the US ex­am­ple un­less it is part of a res­o­lu­tion of the Is­raeli/Pales­tinian con­flict; and they be­lieve that some of Trump’s state­ments and ac­tions make such a res­o­lu­tion less likely and in­creased vi­o­lence more likely.

In ad­di­tion, Trump has threat­ened that Is­rael will “have to pay a higher price” for the mov­ing of the em­bassy.

Many Amer­i­cans feel that Trump’s fail­ure to ad­e­quately con­demn white su­prem­a­cists and neo-Nazis has con­trib­uted to the sharp in­crease in an­tisemitic and other big­oted acts, in­clud­ing the re­cent mas­sacre of Jews in the Pitts­burgh syn­a­gogue and the send­ing out of pipe bombs to many crit­ics of Trump.

Also, many Amer­i­can Jews see many of Trump’s poli­cies be­ing con­trary to Jewish teach­ings on: (1) health – he sup­ports pro­pos­als that would re­sult in up to 32 mil­lion Amer­i­cans los­ing their health in­sur­ance; (2) jus­tice – he signed a tax bill that gave ma­jor ben­e­fits to the wealth­i­est Amer­i­cans and highly prof­itable cor­po­ra­tions; this will greatly in­crease fu­ture an­nual deficits, giv­ing Repub­li­cans an in­cen­tive to cut so­cial se­cu­rity, Medi­care and other pro­grams that most Amer­i­cans de­pend on; and (3) the en­vi­ron­ment – de­spite the over­whelm­ing sci­en­tific con­sen­sus about cli­mate threats and the many re­cent se­vere storms, wild­fires and other cli­mate events, Trump is in de­nial about cli­mate change, has ap­pointed cli­mate de­niers to key posts, and has taken ma­jor steps to turn back ef­forts to re­duce green­house gas emis­sions. RICHARD H. SCHWARTZ

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