Trump’s AIPAC Speech Attacks Iran and the Palestinians while Praising Israel’s “Democracy”
U.S. Presidential candidate and Republican frontrunner Donald Trump showed his true colors at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). “I came here to speak to you about where I stand on the future of American relations with our strategic ally, our unbreakable friendship and our cultural brother, the only democracy in the Middle East, the state of Israel.” Yes, he is right, Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East for Jews, not the Palestinians, Ethiopian Jews (Ethiopian women were sterilized before entering the state of Israel so they won’t produce dark-skinned babies on Jewish land), and Palestinians who live as second-class citizens within the state of Israel. Trump is adamant about dismantling the Iran Nuclear Deal recently passed between the West (P-5+1) and the Iranian government when he said “My number-one priority is to dismantle the disastrous deal with Iran.”
Trump indirectly suggested that Iran is a danger to the world community (although Israel is an undeclared nuclear power) when he said
“I have been in business a long time. I know deal-making. And let me tell you, this deal is catastrophic for America, for Israel and for the whole of the Middle East.”
He said that Iran is a state sponsor of terror“The problem here is fundamental. We’ve rewarded the world’s leading state sponsor of terror with $150 billion, and we received absolutely nothing in return.” Trump said he has studied the issue in great length on Iran’s terrorist activities around the world “I’ve studied this issue in great detail, I would say actually greater by far than anybody else.” I guess Trump just forgot to mention that it was the U.S. government who created Al-Qaeda, ISIS and even the Contras in Nicaragua, but that is not an important fact to consider. Trump made it clear that Iran is a danger to Israel which is a big problem he will deal with aggressively if he is elected to the White house:
Believe me. Oh, believe me. And it’s a bad deal. The biggest concern with the deal is not necessarily that Iran is going to violate it because already, you know, as you know, it has, the bigger problem is that they can keep the terms and still get the bomb by simply running out the clock. And of course, they’ll keep the billions and billions of dollars that we so stupidly and foolishly gave them. The deal doesn’t even require Iran to dismantle its military nuclear capability. Yes, it places limits on its military nuclear program for only a certain number of years, but when those restrictions expire, Iran will have an industrial-sized, military nuclear capability ready to go and with zero provision for delay, no matter how bad Iran’s behavior is. Terrible, terrible situation that we are all placed in and especially Israel.
When I’m president, I will adopt a strategy that focuses on three things when it comes to Iran. First, we will stand up to Iran’s aggressive push to destabilize and dominate the region. Iran is a very big problem and will continue to be. But if I’m not elected president, I know how to deal with trouble. And believe me, that’s why I’m going to be elected president, folks
It was music to the ears for AIPAC. Trump said everything they wanted to hear about the Iranian Nuclear Deal. But it did not stop there:
Iran is a problem in Iraq, a problem in Syria, a problem in Lebanon, a problem in Yemen and will be a very, very major problem for Saudi Arabia. Literally every day, Iran provides more and better weapons to support their puppet states. Hezbollah, Lebanon received — and I’ll tell you what, it has received sophisticated anti-ship weapons, anti-aircraft weapons and GPS systems and rockets like very few people anywhere in the world and certainly very few countries have. Now they’re in Syria trying to establish another front against Israel from the Syrian side of the Golan Heights.
In Gaza, Iran is supporting Hamas and Islamic jihad. And in the West Bank, they’re openly offering Palestinians $7,000 per terror attack and $30,000 for every Palestinian terrorist’s home that’s been destroyed. A deplorable, deplorable situation. Iran is financing military forces throughout the Middle East and it’s absolutely incredible that we handed them over $150 billion to do even more toward the many horrible acts of terror.
Secondly, we will totally dismantle Iran’s global terror network which is big and powerful, but not powerful like us. Iran has seeded terror groups all over the world. During the last five years, Iran has perpetuated terror attacks in 25 different countries on five continents. They’ve got terror cells everywhere, including in the Western Hemisphere, very close to home. Iran is the biggest sponsor of terrorism around the world. And we will work to dismantle that reach, believe me, believe me.
Third, at the very least, we must enforce the terms of the previous deal to hold Iran totally accountable. And we will enforce it like you’ve never seen a contract enforced before, folks, believe me. Iran has already, since the deal is in place, test-fired ballistic missiles three times. Those ballistic missiles, with a range of 1,250 miles, were designed to intimidate not only Israel, which is only 600 miles away, but also intended to frighten Europe and someday maybe hit even the United States. And we’re not going to let that happen. We’re not letting it happen. And we’re not letting it happen to Israel, believe me. Thank you. Thank you.
Do you want to hear something really shocking? As many of the great people in this room know, painted on those missiles in both Hebrew and Farsi were the words “Israel must be wiped off the face of the earth.” You can forget that
Iran has collaborated with the Iraqi and Syrian governments in the fight against ISIS, Al-Nusra and Al Qaeda. In fact, it is the U.S., Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Israel and Qatar who has armed and funded and gave safe-passage to terrorists operating in Syria, Lebanon and Iraq. Israel has collaborated with Sunni-dominated states to counter the Shiite-led states such as Iran. Trump is concerned about Saudi Arabia (a state sponsor of terror and one of the worst human rights abusers in the world) who wants to weaken Iran’s influence in the region by any means which includes starting a war (Saudi Arabia would commit suicide if they decided to go to war against Iran).
Donald Trump and the Palestinians
Trump says that the United Nations is not a friend to the U.S. and Israel. He says a deal imposed by the United Nations to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict would be a disaster because it would “delegitimize” Israel and “reward”the Palestinians with the right to commit terrorism against Israeli’s and Americans:
The United Nations is not a friend of democracy, it’s not a friend to freedom, it’s not a friend even to the United States of America where, as you know, it has its home. And it surely is not a friend to Israel. With President Obama in his final year — yea! He may be the worst thing to ever happen to Israel, believe me, believe me. And you know it and you know it better than anybody. So with the president in his final year, discussions have been swirling about an attempt to bring a Security Council resolution on terms of an eventual agreement between Israel and Palestine. Let me be clear: An agreement imposed by the United Nations would be a total and complete disaster. The United States must oppose this resolution and use the power of our veto, which I will use as president 100 percent. When people ask why, it’s because that’s not how you make a deal. Deals are made when parties come together, they come to a table and they negotiate. Each side must give up something. It’s values. I mean, we have to do something where there’s value in exchange for something that it requires. That’s what a deal is. A deal is really something that when we impose it on Israel and Palestine, we bring together a group of people that come up with something.
That’s not going to happen with the United Nations. It will only further, very importantly, it will only further delegitimize Israel. It will be a catastrophe and a disaster for Israel. It’s not going to happen, folks. And further, it would reward Palestinian terrorism because every day they’re stabbing Israelis and even Americans. Just last week, American Taylor Allen Force, a West Point grad, phenomenal young person who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, was murdered in the street by a knife-wielding Palestinian. You don’t reward behavior like that. You cannot do it. There’s only one way you treat that kind of behavior. You have to confront it
The United Nations is no friend of Israel because Israel has violated countless U.N Security Council resolutions. Chris Hedges wrote an article in 2012 titled ‘Elites Will Make Gazans of Us All‘ which explains Israel’s refusal to comply with the U.N. Security Council resolution:
Because it has the power to do so, Israel—as does the United States—flouts international law to keep a subject population in misery. The continued presence of Israeli occupation forces defies nearly a hundred U.N. Security Council resolutions calling for them to withdraw. The Israeli blockade of Gaza, established in June 2007, is a brutal form of collective punishment that violates Article 33 of the Fourth 1949 Geneva Convention, which set up rules for the “Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War”
Trump said Israeli Prime Ministers Ehud Barak and Ehud Olmert made “generous offers” to the Palestinian authority do show his complete ignorance on the facts:
You see, I know about deal-making. That’s what I do. I wrote “The Art of the Deal.” One of the best-selling, all-time — and I mean, seriously, I’m saying one of because I’ll be criticized when I say “the” so I’m going to be very diplomatic — one of… I’ll be criticized. I think it is number one, but why take a chance? One of the all-time best-selling books about deals and deal- making. To make a great deal, you need two willing participants. We know Israel is willing to deal. Israel has been trying.
That’s right. Israel has been trying to sit down at the negotiating table without preconditions for years. You had Camp David in 2000 where Prime Minister Barak made an incredible offer, maybe even too generous; Arafat rejected it. In 2008, Prime Minister Olmert made an equally generous offer. The Palestinian Authority rejected it also. Then John Kerry tried to come up with a framework and Abbas didn’t even respond, not even to the secretary of state of the United States of America. They didn’t even respond. When I become president, the days of treating Israel like a second-class citizen will end on day one. Thank you. And when I say something, I mean it, I mean it.
I will meet with Prime Minister Netanyahu immediately. I have known him for many years and we’ll be able to work closely together to help bring stability and peace to Israel and to the entire region. Meanwhile, every single day you have rampant incitement and children being taught to hate Israel and to hate the Jews. It has to stop. When you live in a society where the firefighters are the heroes, little kids want to be firefighters. When you live in a society where athletes and movie stars are the heroes, little kids want to be athletes and movie stars.
In Palestinian society, the heroes are those who murder Jews. We can’t let this continue. We can’t let this happen any longer. You cannot achieve peace if terrorists are treated as martyrs. Glorifying terrorists is a tremendous barrier to peace. It is a horrible, horrible way to think. It’s a barrier that can’t be broken. That will end and it’ll end soon, believe me. In Palestinian textbooks and mosques, you’ve got a culture of hatred that has been fomenting there for years. And if we want to achieve peace, they’ve got to go out and they’ve got to start this educational process. They have to end education of hatred. They have to end it and now
Dan Glazebrook wrote an article for Counterpunch in 2014 titled ‘Israel’s Real Target is Not Hamas’ and said the following on Israeli’s Prime Minister Ehud Barak’s “generous offer” :
The 1999 election of a Labour Prime Minister, Ehud Barak, made no difference, ushering in “a sustained commitment by Israel’s government to avoid full compliance with the Oslo agreement”, according to Jimmy Carter, most notably in the form of the greatest increase in illegal Israeli settlements that had yet taken place. The popular story that Barak had made a ‘generous offer’ on Palestinian statehood at negotiations in Taba in 2001, turned out to be a complete myth.
In the 2000s, the stakes were raised by the discovery of 1.4trillion cubic metres of natural gas in Gaza’s territorial waters, leading Israel to immediately strengthen its maritime blockade of Gaza to prevent Palestinian access to the reserves. But Palestinian sovereignty over this gas would obviously enormously strengthen the economic position of any future Palestinian state – and thus made the Israelis more determined than ever to prevent such a state from coming into being
Trump mentioned that Israeli Prime Minister Olmert made an equally generous offer and yes Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas did reject Olmert’s plan. Why? According to the Times of Israel Olmert did not show the map to Abbas and expected him to except the offer:
Abbas said he supported the idea of territorial swaps, but that Olmert pressed him into agreeing to the plan without allowing him to study the proposed map. “He showed me a map. He didn’t give me a map,” Abbas said. “He told me, ‘This is the map’ and took it away. I respected his point of view, but how can I sign on something that I didn’t receive?”
That is like signing a contract without knowing what’s in the contract. Stephen Lendman wrote an article for Global Research in 2008 titled ‘Palestine: The Structure of Oppression and Dispossession’ and stated the facts on “Olmert’s generous offer”:
Implementation of the Cantonization Plan
In December 2003, Sharon launched some called “the maneuver of the century.” It refers to his 2005 Gaza “disengagement” as a ploy to secure greater West Bank control and give up nothing in return. In March 2006, he suffered a stroke, became incapacitated, and Ehud Olmert took over to “nail down” Sharon’s key objective – “a permanent solution, an end of the Occupation based on the notion of cantonization.” It would have to be unilateral as Palestinians were offered nothing.
Olmert conceived his “Convergence Plan” to control all land Israel wants and maintain separation from Palestinians. It’s the same idea as Begin’s Palestinian “autonomy,” Sharon’s cantonization, unilateral separation, the Matrix of Control, and the Oslo process while it lasted. A Palestinian state would be offered between Israel’s two eastern borders, a mere truncated territory with no potential and little sovereignty. It will be imposed unilaterally, but that contradicts the Road Map that requires negotiation. So Olmert switched his “convergence” to “realignment” – finessing a border one. Palestinians get their state but a “transitional” one with “provisional borders,” according the Road Map’s Phase II. The problem is no Phase III will follow to assure an “independent, democratic, and viable Palestinian state.” If Israel manages this, it wins and Palestinians lose. It can claim the Occupation’s end, a two-state solution in place, and the conflict for the victor ended. So far, Palestinians want none of it. Olmert is beset with corruption problems, and final resolution remains a long way off
However, Trump said that “we will send a clear signal that there is no daylight between America and our most reliable ally, the state of Israel. The Palestinians must come to the table knowing that the bond between the United States and Israel is absolutely, totally unbreakable.” “Unbreakable” is a code-word for U.S. presidents George W. Bush, Barack Obama and other politicians have used in the past in regards to the strong US-Israel relationship. The U.S. government continues to support Israel with foreign aid (est. at $3 billion annually). As for Trump working with the Israeli war criminal and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to bring peace to the Middle East is a lie. Netanyahu will bring more war to the Palestinians and increase Israeli settlements and possibly would lead an attack against Iran if Trump as U.S. President would allow him to.
Trump’s “I love Israel” moment at AIPAC
“I love the people in this room. I love Israel. I love Israel. I’ve been with Israel so long in terms of I’ve received some of my greatest honors from Israel, my father before me, incredible. My daughter, Ivanka, is about to have a beautiful Jewish baby.”
The hope the American people have for Donald Trump will fade quickly if he were to become the President of the United States although I do think Hillary Clinton will become the president because she has the support of major banking institutions, Zionist billionaires and Israel, the main-stream media and multinational corporations. As for the Middle East, a Trump Presidency would be disastrous for Iran (not that Clinton’s would be any better) and the Palestinians but extremely beneficial for Israel. Donald Trump’s speech to AIPAC reveals his true colors and that is a danger to the Middle East region.