TRUMP: Hillary Ok With Israel, Not USA, Banning Muslims
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump called out Democrat Party rival Hillary Clinton Saturday on an apparent double standard: that she is fine with Israel banning Muslims, but not the United States.
“Hillary Clinton said it is O.K. to ban Muslims from Israel by building a WALL, but not O.K. to do so in the U.S.,” Trump tweeted on Saturday. “We must be vigilant!”
The leading candidate for the Republican presidential nomination called for banning all Muslims from entering the U.S. on December 7. Trump immediately caused an uproar with the statement, with even some within his own party, including House Speaker Paul Ryan and GOP Chairman Reince Priebus condemning him for the remarks.
Democrats, particularly candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, picked up on Trump’s comments to label him “far right.” Both have held open press events with Muslim leaders to show their tolerance to the Muslim-American community.
However, Clinton has also courted the right-wing of Israeli politics. She published an open letter last November in the Jewish-American publication Forward defending Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and insisting she would “reaffirm the unbreakable bonds of friendship and unity between the people and governments of the United States and Israel.”
Clinton is a close ally and friend of Haim Saban, a media mogul billionaire who is among the world’s 400 richest people and has been described as a “Koch Brother of Israel.” Clinton sent a letter to Saban in July denouncing Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which seeks to economically punish Israel for its treatment of the Palestinians. The BDS movement has also condemned Israel for building a Separation Wall between it and Palestinian territories, in an effort to battle terrorism. The structure has been labelled an “Apartheid Wall” by critics.
In the letter, Clinton asked Saban for advice on how to undermine BDS, emphasizing “how crucial it is for America to defend Israel at every turn.”
All the Republican candidates for president have also condemned the BDS movement.
In her letter to the Israeli-American megadonor, Clinton characterized U.N. resolutions calling on Israel to stop settlement building in the West Bank as “anti-Israel resolutions.” Salon Magazine previously exposed how the U.S. State Department, under Clinton’s leadership, boasted that it “deferred” U.N. action on Israeli war crimes in hopes of “reframing the debate” and “moving away from the U.N.”
Saban characterized Clinton as the ideal U.S. presidential candidate for Israel in an interview with the Israeli newspaper The Jerusalem Post in May 2015.
While Trump has had something of a falling out with Netanyahu after the Israeli PM condemned him for his call to ban Muslims entering the U.S., the Republican has remained steadfastly pro-Israel, even telling Jewish audiences that he would “be the best thing for Israel” without giving much in detail.