Republican Party presumptive nominee Donald Trump has announced that America must “strengthen” its ties with Israel in the future.
Trump made the comment to a meeting of evangelical Christians in a speech in Washington DC last week—which was blacked out by all the controlled media except three Israeli newspapers.
The Times of Israel announced that Trump, “speaking mostly from a teleprompter,” had told evangelical voters at the annual Faith & Freedom conference in Washington that the US must strengthen its alliance with Israel to ensure its security, and added that the entire world must learn how to deal with radical Islam.
Most of Trump’s speech was spent attacking Hilary Clinton, and boasting that he had now received endorsements from Christian leaders, including Jerry Falwell Jr., who leads Liberty University.
Nonetheless, it was his comments on Israel which made the headlines in the Jewish state.
In its coverage, Israel’s YNet News said that “Trump calls to insure Israel’s security,” quoting him in full as follows:
“We must continue to forge our partnership with Israel and work to insure Israel’s security. Keeping people of faith safe from threats like radical Islam, whether protecting them here or standing by Israel, all of us need to confront together the threat of radical Islam.”
The Arutz Sheva (Israeli National News) repeated this theme, while the Jerusalem Post added the “strengthen ties with Israel” to its coverage of the Trump speech.
The remarks were, not unsurprisingly, completely suppressed by the controlled media in the US.
At the same time, the Times of Israel has announced that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is determined to conclude the “negotiations” over US military aid to Israel with the Obama administration—but “not at any price.”
“Plain and simple—we want to finish it with the current administration—but not at any price,” acting National Security Adviser Yaakov Nagel told diplomatic correspondents, theTimes of Israel said.
Nagel’s comments came amid a controversy over US military aid, and in particular assistance for Israel’s missile defense system, after the White House said it opposed a move by the House of Representatives to increase funding for Israeli missile defense procurement by an additional $455 million above the administration’s budget request for the 2017 fiscal year.
Netanyahu earlier dismissed widespread “panic” over what he called inaccurate reports implying the US government was refusing to increase financial aid for Israeli missile defense, the Times of Israel continued.
Due to “multiple misleading reports,” the Prime Minister’s Office issued a statement insisting that “there is no cut in US aid.”
Rather, there is an “internal debate” between Congress and the White House over the size of the annual increase for the American missile defense program, which would impact on the amount earmarked for Israel.
Netanyahu is seeking to anchor the additional aid to Israel as a part of his ongoing negotiations over the extension of a US-Israel memorandum of understanding, which regulates US military aid to Israel, the PMO’s statement noted.
“Not only will the security assistance for missile defense not be cut, it will be increased,” it said.
The Israeli “negotiations”—bizarre in that no other recipient of US aid engages in “negotiations” over the amount of “aid” they get—are being delayed because it is clear that Netanyahu is banking on his personal friend, Donald Trump, winning the November presidential elections.
If this comes to pass, it is clear that Israel will get whatever it wants. However, the Jewish lobby has cunningly backed both horses, so if Hilary Clinton wins, there will also be no real change in this important part of “American” foreign policy.