Yes, I'm voting for Donald Trump. And I'm proud of it.
If anyone had told me two years ago that I'd be making that statement, I would have done a Jon Stewart eye roll and stare. What? The guy from reality TV? The "You're fired" guy with the funny hair and New York accent? That guy?!
But things have happened in the last few years that have made me--and many pro-Israel Americans in both countries--decide that this is not only our best but our only choice.
First of all, there is President Barack Hussein Obama. As columnist Charles Krauthammer said in the 2012 video Daylight: The Story of Obama and Israel: "This president has done more to delegitimize and undermine Israel's position in the world than any other president."
Even without Obama's toxic embrace, Hillary Clinton's own history is damning. As she bragged to her online followers: "As Secretary of State, Hillary led the international negotiations that paved the way for the Iran deal." Multiple outlets reported in March that Iran had test-fired two ballistic missiles bearing the phrase "Israel must be wiped out." Clinton, conveniently no longer secretary of state, uselessly suggested sanctions. Of course, Obama did nothing. Are you surprised? Was she surprised?
I continue to wonder why American Jews--who often declare, "Never again!"--don't seem to grasp the enormity of Clinton's responsibility for the creation of this existential threat to six of the world's remaining 16 million Jews. She and her fans, many of them American Jews, still believe Jewish votes are her due and expect them to sweep her into the White House, where she can carry on where Obama has left off.
How can I be sure Donald Trump will be better for Israel? I can't. But at least he gives me hope. I fully admit that, as an American who lives in Israel, I personally loathe and distrust Hillary Clinton. Among my many reasons is her willingness to sell arms to Israel's enemies: As reported by the International Business Times, during Clinton's tenure, the State Department approved $165 billion worth of commercial arms sales, some of it over Israel's vociferous objections. This includes the 2011 sale of $29 billion worth of advanced fighter jets to Saudi Arabia. This ramp-up has continued after her departure and may have multiple causes, but most worryingly, "... governments and corporations involved in the arms deals approved by Clinton's State Department have delivered between $54 million and $141...