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PAGE 4A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JULY 27, 2018 By Caroline Glick sanctions against Russian entities. He has withdrawn from Obama's nuclear deal with Did US President Donald Trump commit Iran. He has agreed to sell Patriot missiles to treason in Helsinki when he met Monday with Poland. And he has placed tariffs on Russian Russian President Vladimir Putin? Should he exports to the US. be impeached? So if Trump is Putin's agent, what was That is what his opponents claim. Former Obama? president Barack Obama's CIA director John Given the nature of Trump's record, and Brennan accused Trump of treason outright, the context in which he made his comments Brennan tweeted, "Donald Trump's press con- about Russian meddling in the 2016 elections, ference performance in Helsinki [with Putin] the question isn't whether he did anything rises to and exceeds the threshold of 'high wrong. The question is why are his opponents crimes and misdemeanors.' It was nothing accusing him of treason for behaving as one short of treasonous." would expect a president to behave? What is Fellow senior Obama administration of- going on? ficials, including former FBI director James The answer to that is clear enough. Bren- Comey, former defense secretary Ashton nan signaled it explicitlywhenhe tweeted that Carter, and former deputy attorney general Trump's statements "exceed the threshold Sally Yates parroted Brennan's accusation, of 'high crimes and misdemeanors.'" The Almost the entire US media joined them in unhinged allegations of treason are supposed condemning Trump for treason, to form the basis of impeachment hearings. Democratic leaders have led their own The Democrats and their allies in the charge. Democratic Congressman Steve media use the accusation that Trump is Cohen from Tennessee insinuated the US an agent of Russia as an elections strategy. military should overthrow the president, Midterm elections are consistently marked tweeting, "Where are our military folks? The with low voter turnout. So both parties de- Commander-in-Chief is in the hands of our vote most of their energies to rallying their enemy!" base and motivating their most committed Senate minority leader Charles Schumer members to vote. said that Trump is controlled by Russia. And To objective observers, the allegation that Trump's Republican opponents led by senators Trump betrayed the United States by equivo- Jeff Flake and John McCain attacked him as cating in response to a rude question about well. Russian election interference is ridiculous on Trump allegedly committed treason when its face. But Democratic election strategists he refused to reject Putin's denial of Russian have obviously concluded that it is catnip for interference in the US elections in 2016 and the Democratic faithful. For them it serves was diffident in relation to the US intelligence as a dog whistle. community's determination that Russia did The promise of impeachment for votes is interfere in the elections, too radical to serve as an official campaign Trump walked back his statement from strategy. For the purpose of attracting swing Helsinki at a press appearance at the White voters and not scaring moderate Democrats House Tuesday. But it is still difficult to un- awayfromthepartyandthepolls, Democratic derstand what all the hullaballoo about the leaders Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer say initial statement was about, they have no interest in impeaching Trump. APreporterJohnLemireplacedTrumpinan Impeachment talk, l:hey insist, is a mere impossible position. Noting that Putin denied distraction. meddling in the 2016 elections and the intelli- But by embracing Brennan's claim of gence community insists that Russia meddled, treason, Pelosi, Hoyer, Schumer and other he asked Trump, "Who do you believe?" top Democrats are winking and nodding to If Trump had said that he believed his in- the progressive radicals now rising in their telligence community and gave no credence party. They are telling the Linda Sarsours to Putin's denial, he would have humiliated and Cynthia Nixons of the party that they Putin and destroyed any prospect of coopera- will impeach Trump if they win control of the tive relations. House of Representatives. Trump tried to strike a balance. He spoke The problem with playing domestic politics respectfully of both Putin's denials and the on the international scene is that doing so has US intelligence community's accusation. It real consequences for international security wasn't a particularly coherent position. It was and for US national interests. a clumsy attempt to preserve the agreements Consider, for instance, Europe's treatment he and Putin reached during their meeting, of Trump. And it was blindingly obviously not treason. Europe is economically dependent on trade In fact, Trump's response to Lemire, and his with the US and strategically dependent on overall conduct at the press conference, did NATO.SowhyaretheEuropeanssoopenabout not convey weakness at all. Certainly he was their hatred of Trump and their rejection of far more assertive of US interests than Obama his trade policies, his policy towards Iran and was in his dealings with Russia. his insistence that they pay their fair share for In Obama's first summit with Putin in July their own defense? 2009, Obama sat meekly as Putin delivered Why did EU Council President Donald an hour-long lecture about how US-Russian Tusk attack Trump with such contempt and relations had gone down the drain, condescension in Brussels? Tusk, who chairs As Daniel Greenfield noted at Front- the meetings of EU leaders, is effectively the page magazine Tuesday, in succeeding years, EU president. And the day before last week's Obama capitulated to Putin on anti-missile NATOconferencehechidedTrumpforcriticiz- defense systems in Poland and the Czech ing Europe's low defense spending. Republic, on Ukraine, Georgia and Crimea. "America," he said with a voice dripping Obama gave Putin free rein in Syria and with contempt, "appreciate your allies. After supported Russia's alliance with Iran on its all you don't have that many." nuclear program and its efforts to save the That of course, was news to the countries Assad regime. He permitted Russian entities of Asia, Africa, Latin America, Europe and the linked to the Kremlin to purchase a quarter Middle East that depend on America and work of American uranium. And of course, Obama diligently to develop and maintain strong ties made no effort to end Russian meddling in to Washington. the 2016 elections. Leaving aside the ridiculousness of his TRUMP IN contrast has stiffened US remarks, where did Tusk get the idea that THE VIEWS EXPRESSED ON THIS PAGE ARE NOT NECESSARILY THE VIEWS OF HERITAGE MANAGEMENT. CENTRAL FLORIDA'SINDEPENDENTJEWISHVOICE a ISSN 0199-0721 Winner 0f46 Press Awards EWISH NEWS HERITAGE Florida Jewish News (ISN 0199-0721) is published weekly for $37.95 per year to Florida ad- dresses ($46.95 for the rest of the U.S.) by HERITAGE Central Florida Jewish News, Inc 207 O'Brien Road, Suite 101, Fern Park, FL 32730. Periodicals postage paid at Fern Park and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes and other correspondence to: HERITAGE, P.O. Box 300742, Fern Park, FL 32730. MAILING ADDRESS PHONE NUMBER P.O. Box 300742 (407) 834-8787 Fern Park, FL 32730 FAX (407) 831-0507 emaih news@ rland heritage'c m Editor/Publisher Jeffrey Gaeser Editor Emeritus Associate Editor News Editor Gene Stare Kirn Fischer Christine DeSouza Society Editor Office Manager Gloria Yousha Paulette Alfonso Account Executives Kim Fischer Marci Gaeser Contributing Columnists Jim 8hipley Mel Pearlman David Bornstein Ed Ziegler Production Department David Lehman Gil Dombrosky Joyce Gore it is reasonable to speak so scornfully to an American president? Where did EU's foreign policy commissioner Federica Mogherini get the idea that it is okay for her to work urgently and openly to under- mine legally constituted US sanctions against Iran for its illicit nuclear weapons program? The answer of course is that they got a green light to adopt openly anti-American policies from the forces in the US that have devoted their energies since Trump's election nearly two years ago to delegitimizing his victory and his presidency. Those calling Trump a traitor empowered the Europeans to defy the US on every issue. Trump's opponents' unsubstantiated allega- tion that his campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 elections has constrained Trump's ability to perform his duties. Consider his relations with Putin. If there is anything to criticize about Trump's summit with Putin it is that it came too late. It should have happened a year ago. That it happened this week speaks not to Trump's eagerness to meet Putin but to the urgency of the hour. After securing control over the Deraa prov- ince along Syria's borderwith Jordan lastweek, the Assad regime, supported by Iranian regime forces, Hezbollah forces and Shiite militia forces began its campaign to restore regime control over the Quneitra province along the Syrian border with Israel. As Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and all government and military officials have stated clearly and consistently for years, Israel cannot accept Iranian presence in Syria. If Iran does not remove its forces from Syria generally and from southern Syria specifically, there will be war imminently between Israel, Iran and its Hezbollah, Shiite militia and Syrian regime allies. Israel prefers to fight that war sooner rather than later to prevent Iran and its allies from entrenching their positions in Syria and make victory more difficult. So, in the interest of preventing such a war, Trump had no choice but to bite the political bullet and sit down to discuss Syria face to face with Putin to try to come up with a deal that would see Russia push Iran and Hezbollah out of Syria. From what the two leaders said at their joint press conference it's hard to know what was agreed to. But Netanyahu's jubilant response indicates that some deal was reached. Certainly their statements were strong, unequivocal signals to Iran. When Trump said, "The United States will not allow Iran to benefit from our successful campaign against ISIS," he signaled strongly that US forces in eastern Syria will support Israel in a war against Iran and its allied forces in Syria just as it fought with the Kurds and its other allies in Syria against ISIS. When Putin endorsed Israel's position that the 1974 Syrian-Israeli disengagement agree- ment must beimplemented along the border, he told the Iranians that in any Iranian-Israeli war in Syria, Putin will not side with Iran. Time will tell if we just averted war. But what we did learn is that Israel's position in a war with Iran is stronger than it could have been if the two leaders hadn't met in Helsinki. And this is exceedingly important. Glick on page 15A iliiiiii !? Where Jews are losing By Jim $hipley Jews used to be used to losing. The poor shlep. The cringing schlemiel. The Hebrew prayers that call for God's help; God's blessing. While Jabotinsky was exhorting the Jews of Eastern Europe to either leave for what was then Palestine or arm themselves, most Jews shrugged and continued to live their miserable lives. Some listened to Jabo. The rest shrugged and sighed. And 20 years later - died by the millions. Out of the Holocaust the Third Jewish Com- monwealth was born. They took in millions of Jews. Some fleeing persecution and death, others eager to help build the Jewish Nation. Today? A nation of less than 10 million people has the twelfth largest GDP in the world. While the Arab nations ignore their brethren living in refugee camps, Israel successfully settled new citizens from 20 countries, includ- ing every Arab nation from which they were thrown out in the 1950s and 60s. As a part of the Egypt/Israel peace treaty, Israel reluctantly took Gaza. The Egyptians had ruled that strip of desert for decades. They kept the locals in check by hanging them on light poles on the main streets. Israel did a remarkable thing in 2005. They gave Gaza back to the Arabs. When Israel left Gaza, they left behind a flourishing greenhouse vegetable industry that exported food to most of Europe and beyond. What did the Arabs do? On day one they smashed all the greenhouses, stole the electrical equipment and destroyed an industry that could have added significantly to their economic growth. Israel did little to let the world know about this. It was really the first battle of a new kind of warfare--fought in the press and on TV and now online. And this was the first battle Israel lost. Great at high tech, creating new forms of agricultural science, an army numbered among the best in the world (out of necessity), but they suck at public relations, Facebook, Twitter and the mainstream American Press. Consider this scene in Israel where a group of young women on a Birthright Trip demon- strated for IfNotNow, the "organization" that holds demonstrations about Israel's "treat- ment" of Palestinians. A guy named Golan, the Israeli leader of the Birthright Group, had no answer for them. While the girls of IfNotNow were calm (as they were trained to be) Golan lost his cool and got in a one-way shouting match. Not cool. The leaders and others of the Birthright profes~ sional and volunteer staff should be trained to have a calm, logical discussion with IfNotNow and other similar groups. Ever wonder who finances J Street, IfNot- Now, BDS and the rest? Dig deep, you will find Arab and Iranian and Far Right money. Have you seen an expose of this? I didn't think so. So, Hamas sends groups of young Arabs to the Israeli border with Gaza to "protest," try to cross the border, send flaming kites to burn Israeli farms and sling shot at border guards. When is the last time you saw on Facebook, television or in the daily newspaper a picture of a burning Israeli farm? Have you seen young Arabs loading their kites? Young Arabs using sling shots to try and kill Israeli soldiers guarding the border? Of course not. Now, the American public does not want a scholarly discussion of the Arab/Israeli "con- flict." We Americans like "good guys" and "bad guys." Always have. Of the top eight box office hits in the first half of 2018 seven are "Super Hero" comic book characters. That is the state of mind in this country. The ability of Israel to combat this pro- paganda war and prove we are "the good guys" is sadly inadequate. Ask the average American whose fault it is that Palestinians are dying at the border, chances are you'll get a shrug. The inattention and lack of knowledge of the "average" American is a disgrace and believe me, the politicians and their manipulators know full well how to take advantage of that. Is Israel blameless in the Gaza mess? Cer- tainly not. Their policies have at times been overbearing and counterproductive. Israel does not know how to use social media. The folks who invented instant messaging and Waze and so much more fumble the ball when it comes to the one media outlet from which over half the nation gets its news. They do not "Troll." They do not have an organized cyber group to target specific areas in the U.S. This is awar Israel cannot afford to lose! It is the duty of the rest of us to post, to write, to talk about the truth. We can admit to the mistakes of this right-wing Israeli govern- ment that often bows to the religious bigotry of some of its key supporters, but Israel is the country for every Jew. The Nation of Israel is one in which you have citizenship the minute you set foot on the land. Play your part.