Not even a month ago, noted foreign policy commentator and frequently cited Middle East expert Daniel Pipes was a harsh critic of President Donald Trump, but now he’s reversing course.
According to the Jerusalem Post, Pipes is now praising Trump for having “bucked conventional thinking” when it comes to the long-running Arab-Israeli conflict.
In fact, Pipes took his praise even further, declaring Trump “the most pro-Israel president ever.”
That’s a far cry from what Pipes wrote in a Wall Street Journal column published Jan. 23 (subscription required), where the commentator accused the president of cooking up a raw deal for the Jewish state.
So what did Trump do to earn such high praise? Pipes outlined his reasoning on Twitter:
I’ve talked with @USAmbIsrael David Friedman since my @WSJopinion article appeared last week. That analysis raised concerns about the #Trump administration’s plan for a #Palestinian–#Israeli deal; see below for my thoughts following our discussion. pic.twitter.com/gQIUQa2oFy
— Daniel Pipes دانيال بايبس (@DanielPipes) January 31, 2019
He noted things such as the U.S. Embassy being moved to Jerusalem and the defense of Israel the United States has shown in the United Nations. He was swayed, at least in part, by a conversation with U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman.
Criticism of Trump, specifically related to him somehow not being a friend to Israel, or worse, anti-Semitic, is nothing new. Despite evidence to the contrary of Trump being very pro-Israel, the narrative has continued.
As part of that, just months ago, Trump was blamed in some liberal circles for the October shootings in Pittsburgh at the Tree of Life synagogue due to his “rhetoric.”
As anyone who even casually follows politics would know, that’s nonsense.
One of Trump’s own daughters, Ivanka, converted to Judaism as part of her marriage to Jared Kushner, a Jew. This means the president has a daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren are Jewish.
But we’re supposed to believe he hates Jews? He has both Ivanka and Jared in his staff.
He’s not doing a very good job of being anti-Semitic, is he? But that doesn’t quash the smears and accusations.
Conservatives traditionally are pro-Isarel. Trump’s stances and actions are just more reasons for conservatives to be proud of him.
Conversely, the left has shown a pro-Palestine/anti-Israel slant.
This is along with smearing Trump and conservatives as being alleged anti-Semites and “white supremacists.”
This means that Trump’s stances and actions are all the more reason for them to despise him. And despise him they do.
And yet, even now, Democrats and the media are going easy on Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar.
This is a woman who actually retweeted a post from a critic who said Omar’s contention that Jewish lobbies buy the support of American politicians was such blatant anti-Semitism that it amounted to calling Jews “hook-nosed.”
It was as though she was applauding being called an anti-Semite, like it was something to be proud of.
And Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Democratic rising star, said she was “proud” of how Omar handled the controversy — not a hint of condemnation for the anti-Semitism that started it.
If the left wants to point fingers of anti-Semitism at Trump and conservatives, they would do well to remember that they have three pointing back at themselves.
And that just might seem be a more accurate assessment when it comes to where the real anti-Semitism lies.
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