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Bibi, Save Yourself and Defect to Trump's U.S.A.

Bradley Burston
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Trump talks with Netanyahu at the White House, January 27, 2020.
Trump talks with Netanyahu at the White House, January 27, 2020. Credit: Evan Vucci,AP
Bradley Burston
Bradley Burston

There’s every reason why Benjamin Netanyahu would be wise to defect to Donald Trump’s America at this very moment. And not only because he’s already there.

For Bibi, the push and pull factors have aligned. As a non-Muslim, fair-skinned millionaire of European origin, his application for asylum would certainly rate an understanding ear at the White House.  

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His story, after all, is their story. Hounded by leftists and a traitorous news media, under indictment at the hands of turncoat law enforcement and prosecutors, unable to outrun the torches and pitchforks of unpatriotic legislators. Where else but in Trump’s White House will Netanyahu’s woes resonate with such telling force.

You know the guy can sell anything. At least to evangelicals. And you know from experience that the guy can sell himself to Donald Trump. And from there, a fortune is assured in speaking fees, selling Trump and Greater Israel to megachurches, Zionists of America, the Israel American Council and inevitably, inescapably, also to Fox News.

Like other exiled royals, the Netanyahus will doubtlessly insist on retaining their titles, trappings and ill-gotten gains. But even if that goes awry, the administration can easily whip up a well-paying non-job for their lout of an elder son. Not to mention for Bibi’s first lady, who can, in a pinch, fill in for Kellyanne Conway.

Or Netanyahu can run as a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate from, say, New Jersey or Pennsylvania, where he spent much of his childhood and teens. Or if there’s no room there, there are any number of red states in the south and west who’d be more than delighted to adopt him as a native son and right-wing religious vote magnet.

Plus, he already has former GOP functionary Ron Dermer to run his campaign.

And if all else fails, he has singular connections to those with the best understanding of how to evade extradition, even under difficult circumstances.

While Netanyahu was also serving as health minister, his deputy helped accused sexual predator Malka Leifer successfully leverage clerical-political connections to stave off extradition for years.

There’s only one reason, in fact, why Netanyahu should not defect to Trump’s America at this very moment: To paraphrase a popular Israeli television commercial – The Jewish People Have Suffered Enough.

The Jews of America do not need another leader who believes that democracy has nothing to do with protecting the rights of minorities, that might itself makes right, that migrants – and their children – are an existential threat, or that anyone who does not support the authoritarian-in-chief is an enemy of the state.

The Jews of America do not need another politician who cares more about the evangelicals’ needs for Armageddon and rapture than he cares about the rights, welfare and future of the Jewish, Muslim and Christian residents of the Holy Land.

The Jews of America do not need another politician who sees anti-Semitism only in terms of Iran and the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement, and cannot be bothered to address the rising oceans of Jew-hatred among white supremacists, ultranationalists and neo-Nazis – especially if some of them profess to be pro-Israel while at the same time hating on the Yidden.

The Jews of America don’t need another politician who’ll do anything, hurt anyone, collude, corrupt, deceive, break any law and violate any trust – all just to stay in office.

Nowhere in the world do the Jews need another such politician. Nor do non-Jews.

But there’s only one place in the world where, so far at least, Netanyahu has been able to get away with all this.

On Wednesday, Benjamin Netanyahu will most likely do the only positive thing he has ever done for American Jewry.

He’ll board a plane and leave.

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