President Trump’s end-year remarks to the New York Times acerbically summed up his relationship with the media. “I’m going to win another four years… because newspapers, television, all forms of media will tank if I’m not there.”
Different politicians wouldn’t have been able to bear the shame following the long list of reports about sexual harassment, illicit gifts, and embarrassing behavior. But Trump and Netanyahu? Don’t make them laugh, they just blame the media.
Obama’s political success was built on his ability to invoke values detached from belief systems. To break away symbols and ideals from religious and national value systems, and mix and match them into his own sound bites.
Thousands of years ago, the Greeks tried to bring an end to Judaism and, thereby, to the Jewish people and the Jewish homeland. They did this by prohibiting Jews from circumcising their 8-day-old baby boys.
Looking at a conflict requires us to understand the different sides, to understand the pain; but when it comes to the Palestinians, the more we understand them—the more we bolster their rejectionism and perpetuate their delusions.
Mahmoud Abbas’ scathing speech was mostly a gift to the Israeli rightists who wants one big state; the Palestinian president is making it clear that he’s not a partner, that he refuses to recognize the Jews’ right to self-determination and that he is trapped in hallucinations, illusions, and lies.
There’s no end in sight to what can worry or frighten us. Hopefully, there will remain enough good sense in those with significant power to get us through the craziness from our enemies, friends, and fellow Jews.