Category: Rabbi Aryeh Spero

President Trump's Trailblazing Pro-Israel Actions


Many were waiting for President Trump’s trip to Israel to decide whether Mr. Trump’s pledges of friendship and support for Israel were as real today as what had been enunciated during his presidential campaign. Some had suggested that Mr. Trump had been “deep-stated” by those within the establishment who were ambivalent regarding the important alliance between our country and Israel.

The results are in.

During the last three days, Mr. Trump has made trailblazing and unprecedented gestures before the entire world demonstrating an unequivocal bond and affection for the Jewish people and for the Jewish State.

In his visit to Saudi Arabia, while addressing the assemblage of those representing most of the Arab world, Mr. Trump declared words that previous leaders may have believed but were afraid, unwilling, or hesitant to utter. The President adamantly spoke to them about a State of Israel, a state that he admires, and went further in affirming Israeli sovereignty by speaking of its prime minister, mentioning his name, Benjamin Netanyahu. Israel was no longer allowed to be the elephant in the Islamic room, but something that for the first time in their midst was mentioned as a reality, a sovereign nation, and an entity with which America is proud to be in association.

He mentioned in his public speech to them that from Saudi Arabia, he was traveling directly to Israel. Direct travel to Israel was something that heretofore was not permitted by the Saudis, and it constituted a challenge from Mr. Trump to them, namely, that Israel must be for them a connection, a destination. This took great courage; but more so it demonstrated that for Mr. Trump Israel is a country with which he is proud to be associated with, and its recognition as a Jewish state is an incontrovertible basis for Arabic and Muslim participation in the goals of his administration and the contours of global reality.

Upon President Trump’s arrival in Israel, one was moved by the unquestionable warmth, something personal, between himself and Mr. Netanyahu and between their wives, Melania and Sara. There appears to be real friendship and affection, born of his regard for Israel as a land rooted in a righteous and sacred destiny. It is rooted in Mr. Trump’s respect for those nations willing to stand up and stand out in the fight against the scourge of Islamic terrorism. Respect and affection, mind and heart.

Mr. Trump was the first acting president to visit the Western Wall in Jerusalem, treating it not as simply an historic museum piece but with an immediate reverence and sacredness. It is obvious he believes in the Israeli narrative. He speaks of defending the Jewish people and the Jewish State, equating them within a singular destiny. Everything in his trip to Israel resonated and evinced respect, regard, and affection.

On his White House website, he spoke of visiting Jerusalem, Israel. Until now, American administrations have spoken of Jerusalem in a way detached from the State of Israel. Indeed, the Obama administration, under the leadership of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, pleaded with the Supreme Court not to identify on passports Jerusalem with the country of Israel. This week, Mr. Trump dissented: No more; Jerusalem is, for Mr. Trump’s America, part of Israel. In his remarks he spoke of Jerusalem’s eternal association with the Jewish people. He went further and personalized his defense of the Jewish people and Israel by declaring that “never again” would the Jewish People or the State of Israel fear for the future; never, as long as there is a Donald J. Trump.

In a few days, and with bold and dramatic gestures, Mr. Trump upended the last eight years of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, who spent most of their time harassing Israel, bashing its prime minister, promoting the Palestinian Arabs as a cause and “narrative” that always seemed more important than the lives of Israelis. Yes, Israeli children were being killed, but….

Whereas Obama and Clinton seemed to wish to distance themselves and seemed embarrassed in association with Israel, Mr. Trump made it clear that as an American he and our nation feel closer to the ideals and perseverance of Israel than almost any other nation in the world. Mr. Trump didn’t merely recite pretty words, but conveyed sincerity and an affinity with Israel and the Jewish people that we have never before seen by any president.

I have felt that Mr. Trump at this moment in our history is the best leader we have to lead our country forward and to right the wrongs of the past eight years. Second to that, as a Jew, and as someone who is in Israel’s corner, there is no question that Mr. Trump is an extraordinary gift. Jews who care about the protection of Jewish children, which is of great concern to Mr. Trump, and the survival of Israel, should do everything in their power to support this extraordinary friend.

Those Jews who have spent the last eight months, and even today, trying to bring down this great friend of the Jewish people and Israel are demonstrating that Israel, the protection of Jewish children, and the needs of the Jewish people are not priorities to them, rather a distant third or fourth in importance. Their priority and obsession #1 have evolved over the years to leftwing politics, the hegemony of the Democrat Party, and faddish political correctness and mores: identification with political leftism. They have sold their soul to the devil of leftism and have redefined Jewishness in a manner that none of their forefathers ever could have envisioned… nor would they have understood or respected.

Rabbi Aryeh Spero is spokesman for the National Conference of Jewish Affairs and is author of Push Back: Reclaiming our American Judeo-Christian Spirit.

Many were waiting for President Trump’s trip to Israel to decide whether Mr. Trump’s pledges of friendship and support for Israel were as real today as what had been enunciated during his presidential campaign. Some had suggested that Mr. Trump had been “deep-stated” by those within the establishment who were ambivalent regarding the important alliance between our country and Israel.

The results are in.

During the last three days, Mr. Trump has made trailblazing and unprecedented gestures before the entire world demonstrating an unequivocal bond and affection for the Jewish people and for the Jewish State.

In his visit to Saudi Arabia, while addressing the assemblage of those representing most of the Arab world, Mr. Trump declared words that previous leaders may have believed but were afraid, unwilling, or hesitant to utter. The President adamantly spoke to them about a State of Israel, a state that he admires, and went further in affirming Israeli sovereignty by speaking of its prime minister, mentioning his name, Benjamin Netanyahu. Israel was no longer allowed to be the elephant in the Islamic room, but something that for the first time in their midst was mentioned as a reality, a sovereign nation, and an entity with which America is proud to be in association.

He mentioned in his public speech to them that from Saudi Arabia, he was traveling directly to Israel. Direct travel to Israel was something that heretofore was not permitted by the Saudis, and it constituted a challenge from Mr. Trump to them, namely, that Israel must be for them a connection, a destination. This took great courage; but more so it demonstrated that for Mr. Trump Israel is a country with which he is proud to be associated with, and its recognition as a Jewish state is an incontrovertible basis for Arabic and Muslim participation in the goals of his administration and the contours of global reality.

Upon President Trump’s arrival in Israel, one was moved by the unquestionable warmth, something personal, between himself and Mr. Netanyahu and between their wives, Melania and Sara. There appears to be real friendship and affection, born of his regard for Israel as a land rooted in a righteous and sacred destiny. It is rooted in Mr. Trump’s respect for those nations willing to stand up and stand out in the fight against the scourge of Islamic terrorism. Respect and affection, mind and heart.

Mr. Trump was the first acting president to visit the Western Wall in Jerusalem, treating it not as simply an historic museum piece but with an immediate reverence and sacredness. It is obvious he believes in the Israeli narrative. He speaks of defending the Jewish people and the Jewish State, equating them within a singular destiny. Everything in his trip to Israel resonated and evinced respect, regard, and affection.

On his White House website, he spoke of visiting Jerusalem, Israel. Until now, American administrations have spoken of Jerusalem in a way detached from the State of Israel. Indeed, the Obama administration, under the leadership of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, pleaded with the Supreme Court not to identify on passports Jerusalem with the country of Israel. This week, Mr. Trump dissented: No more; Jerusalem is, for Mr. Trump’s America, part of Israel. In his remarks he spoke of Jerusalem’s eternal association with the Jewish people. He went further and personalized his defense of the Jewish people and Israel by declaring that “never again” would the Jewish People or the State of Israel fear for the future; never, as long as there is a Donald J. Trump.

In a few days, and with bold and dramatic gestures, Mr. Trump upended the last eight years of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, who spent most of their time harassing Israel, bashing its prime minister, promoting the Palestinian Arabs as a cause and “narrative” that always seemed more important than the lives of Israelis. Yes, Israeli children were being killed, but….

Whereas Obama and Clinton seemed to wish to distance themselves and seemed embarrassed in association with Israel, Mr. Trump made it clear that as an American he and our nation feel closer to the ideals and perseverance of Israel than almost any other nation in the world. Mr. Trump didn’t merely recite pretty words, but conveyed sincerity and an affinity with Israel and the Jewish people that we have never before seen by any president.

I have felt that Mr. Trump at this moment in our history is the best leader we have to lead our country forward and to right the wrongs of the past eight years. Second to that, as a Jew, and as someone who is in Israel’s corner, there is no question that Mr. Trump is an extraordinary gift. Jews who care about the protection of Jewish children, which is of great concern to Mr. Trump, and the survival of Israel, should do everything in their power to support this extraordinary friend.

Those Jews who have spent the last eight months, and even today, trying to bring down this great friend of the Jewish people and Israel are demonstrating that Israel, the protection of Jewish children, and the needs of the Jewish people are not priorities to them, rather a distant third or fourth in importance. Their priority and obsession #1 have evolved over the years to leftwing politics, the hegemony of the Democrat Party, and faddish political correctness and mores: identification with political leftism. They have sold their soul to the devil of leftism and have redefined Jewishness in a manner that none of their forefathers ever could have envisioned… nor would they have understood or respected.

Rabbi Aryeh Spero is spokesman for the National Conference of Jewish Affairs and is author of Push Back: Reclaiming our American Judeo-Christian Spirit.



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Oh, How the Mighty Have Fallen


The fear and scrambling of citizens in London a few days ago was a humiliating scene, wherein a powerful city and its entire government came to a halt because of one man, an Islamist with an axe and a truck. We have seen similar things happen in other major Western cities. Humiliating the West is one of the primary goals of militant Islam. It is a victory for their deity, as demonstrated by the ubiquitous shouts of “Allahu Akhbar” prior to the terror act, a time-worn declaration of Islamic victory and humiliation of the infidel. The multiculturalists do not see it as a humiliation against us, for the us — an us with an identity — is no longer important or recognized by them. In contrast, those on the other side killing and reshaping us have a confidence and pride in their identity.

Instead of fighting and becoming angry, we light candles and turn off the lights in tall buildings. We vow to fight a nonspecific theory called “terrorism” instead of protecting our borders from whom and where it is precisely coming. In response to the terrorism in our cities, we call for even more multiculturalism and appeasement. We have become the pitiful we, pathetic, because of Barack Obama’s repeated sermonette of: “That’s not who we are.” Whenever suggestions were made for the urgent need to monitor some of the mosques or the young men most likely to commit future terrorist acts against us, Obama would declare: “That’s not who we are.”

When it comes to Islamic terror or shariah imposition, Obama and other globalists preach a type of defenselessness and impotence: something we have to abide. For many liberals, virtue signaling, the epitome of vanity, is more important than saving lives, even the lives of their countrymen.

Heroic people, however, know exactly who they are: They are those who defend their country and families from terrorism, death and injury. People with an identity know who they are and thus fight for it. Transnationalists don’t… and, with sophistry, try to stop others from doing so.

As uber-multiculturalists, these globalist leaders are making a nation’s accommodation to Islam, and the incorporation of Islamic ways and demands, the litmus test of multicultural compliance. Islam is their fast-track tool for transforming Western societies and is being catapulted by them into religious and cultural stardom. It is being romanticized as the new global commonality and outlook, a catchall for all that is right-minded and progressive. By being the new “victim” of Western intolerance and oppression, Islam is automatically elevated and ennobled as something enlightened and most tolerant, especially by those abandoning and running from their Christian ancestry and upbringing and seeking an exotic system in which to pour all their utopian and rebellious yearnings.

Many in the political class demonizing Americanism and nationalism are celebrating transnationalism, which is being pushed today by global multiculturalists. Until now, Western countries retained with pride their distinctive culture and norms, while recognizing and enjoying the varied qualities found in nations different than their own. Transnationalism is radically different. It wishes to denude each Western country of its uniqueness and severely marginalize that segment of the population wishing to preserve and live by the historic values and customs of their country. It is banal uniformity on a global scale, often a consequence of embarrassment and repudiation of anything overtly Christian or Old Testament.

Transnationalism takes power away from a country’s people and imposes laws and norms from above by an almost interchangeable global ruling class which treats its country’s patriots as malcontents and second class, as “unenlightened” citizens entitled to fewer freedoms than anti-nationalists or preferred minorities. The ruling class has more sympathy and identity with the ruling class of other countries than with citizens of their own country. It is cosmopolitanism run riot, so that American liberals, for example, feel a kinship more with Parisians than those from Peoria.

Whereas until very recently, highly patriotic leaders were chosen to lead countries, under the mantle of transnationalism leaders are advanced who downplay and characterize as “extreme” the patriotic members within society. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton in America, Angela Merkel in Germany, as well as the Scandinavian and Flemish leaders, the EU and the Hague, are representative of those in an expanding political class and club who see their power deriving from a global multiculturalism that marginalizes conservative voters to ineffective fringes.

These leaders reinforce and aid each other by speaking to voters beyond their own country. They speak of the need of voters elsewhere to elect those candidates who will be part of a globalist order and fraternity upon which rests the “guarantee of peace, harmony, prosperity, and environmental purity”. Transnationalism is the age-old universalist and socialist dystopia come true, just under a new nomenclature. Those opposed are labeled xenophobic; those questioning open borders are labeled racist. No one has a right any longer to an opinion except those issuing leftist, transnational creeds. These accusations, the name calling, are some of the most powerful weapons in the globalist arsenal.

Many making the accusations of xenophobia live in rarified societies and neighborhoods or in high-end and fashionable apartment buildings with security guards and doormen, immune from the consequences of Open Borders, loss of manual jobs, overseas nation-building, and the harmful effects arising from perfunctory background checks and superficial vetting.

It is not American nationalism that warrants our alarm, rather transnationalism and fierce multiculturalism. In the name of faux morality and twisted tolerance it seeks to erase the identity, touchstones, and values that made us who we are. It imperils our future.

Rabbi Aryeh Spero is author of Push Back: Reclaiming our American Judeo-Christian Spirit, author of Why Israel Matters to You, and president of Caucus for America.

The fear and scrambling of citizens in London a few days ago was a humiliating scene, wherein a powerful city and its entire government came to a halt because of one man, an Islamist with an axe and a truck. We have seen similar things happen in other major Western cities. Humiliating the West is one of the primary goals of militant Islam. It is a victory for their deity, as demonstrated by the ubiquitous shouts of “Allahu Akhbar” prior to the terror act, a time-worn declaration of Islamic victory and humiliation of the infidel. The multiculturalists do not see it as a humiliation against us, for the us — an us with an identity — is no longer important or recognized by them. In contrast, those on the other side killing and reshaping us have a confidence and pride in their identity.

Instead of fighting and becoming angry, we light candles and turn off the lights in tall buildings. We vow to fight a nonspecific theory called “terrorism” instead of protecting our borders from whom and where it is precisely coming. In response to the terrorism in our cities, we call for even more multiculturalism and appeasement. We have become the pitiful we, pathetic, because of Barack Obama’s repeated sermonette of: “That’s not who we are.” Whenever suggestions were made for the urgent need to monitor some of the mosques or the young men most likely to commit future terrorist acts against us, Obama would declare: “That’s not who we are.”

When it comes to Islamic terror or shariah imposition, Obama and other globalists preach a type of defenselessness and impotence: something we have to abide. For many liberals, virtue signaling, the epitome of vanity, is more important than saving lives, even the lives of their countrymen.

Heroic people, however, know exactly who they are: They are those who defend their country and families from terrorism, death and injury. People with an identity know who they are and thus fight for it. Transnationalists don’t… and, with sophistry, try to stop others from doing so.

As uber-multiculturalists, these globalist leaders are making a nation’s accommodation to Islam, and the incorporation of Islamic ways and demands, the litmus test of multicultural compliance. Islam is their fast-track tool for transforming Western societies and is being catapulted by them into religious and cultural stardom. It is being romanticized as the new global commonality and outlook, a catchall for all that is right-minded and progressive. By being the new “victim” of Western intolerance and oppression, Islam is automatically elevated and ennobled as something enlightened and most tolerant, especially by those abandoning and running from their Christian ancestry and upbringing and seeking an exotic system in which to pour all their utopian and rebellious yearnings.

Many in the political class demonizing Americanism and nationalism are celebrating transnationalism, which is being pushed today by global multiculturalists. Until now, Western countries retained with pride their distinctive culture and norms, while recognizing and enjoying the varied qualities found in nations different than their own. Transnationalism is radically different. It wishes to denude each Western country of its uniqueness and severely marginalize that segment of the population wishing to preserve and live by the historic values and customs of their country. It is banal uniformity on a global scale, often a consequence of embarrassment and repudiation of anything overtly Christian or Old Testament.

Transnationalism takes power away from a country’s people and imposes laws and norms from above by an almost interchangeable global ruling class which treats its country’s patriots as malcontents and second class, as “unenlightened” citizens entitled to fewer freedoms than anti-nationalists or preferred minorities. The ruling class has more sympathy and identity with the ruling class of other countries than with citizens of their own country. It is cosmopolitanism run riot, so that American liberals, for example, feel a kinship more with Parisians than those from Peoria.

Whereas until very recently, highly patriotic leaders were chosen to lead countries, under the mantle of transnationalism leaders are advanced who downplay and characterize as “extreme” the patriotic members within society. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton in America, Angela Merkel in Germany, as well as the Scandinavian and Flemish leaders, the EU and the Hague, are representative of those in an expanding political class and club who see their power deriving from a global multiculturalism that marginalizes conservative voters to ineffective fringes.

These leaders reinforce and aid each other by speaking to voters beyond their own country. They speak of the need of voters elsewhere to elect those candidates who will be part of a globalist order and fraternity upon which rests the “guarantee of peace, harmony, prosperity, and environmental purity”. Transnationalism is the age-old universalist and socialist dystopia come true, just under a new nomenclature. Those opposed are labeled xenophobic; those questioning open borders are labeled racist. No one has a right any longer to an opinion except those issuing leftist, transnational creeds. These accusations, the name calling, are some of the most powerful weapons in the globalist arsenal.

Many making the accusations of xenophobia live in rarified societies and neighborhoods or in high-end and fashionable apartment buildings with security guards and doormen, immune from the consequences of Open Borders, loss of manual jobs, overseas nation-building, and the harmful effects arising from perfunctory background checks and superficial vetting.

It is not American nationalism that warrants our alarm, rather transnationalism and fierce multiculturalism. In the name of faux morality and twisted tolerance it seeks to erase the identity, touchstones, and values that made us who we are. It imperils our future.

Rabbi Aryeh Spero is author of Push Back: Reclaiming our American Judeo-Christian Spirit, author of Why Israel Matters to You, and president of Caucus for America.



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