Presidents very supportive

I DISAGREE with your correspondent Keith Fairclough that Donald Trump is so much better for Israel than presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton and secretaries of state Hillary Clinton and John Kerry.

Bill Clinton was very supportive towards Israel, especially with Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.

He looked upon Rabin as a father figure.

When Clinton gave the eulogy at Rabin’s funeral in Jerusalem, he cited the week’s Torah portion in which God tested Abraham’s faith by seeing if he would sacrifice his son Isaac (Yitzhak) if so commanded.

The president said God was testing our faith even more terribly for he had taken Yitzhak.

President Clinton also tried to work with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition partners.

When Israel attempted to assassinate Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal in Amman, Clinton had to persuade King Hussein not to break off relations with Israel.

Obama also supported Israel during the Gaza conflict.

When, in 2014, Israel asked for funds for more Iron Dome defensive missiles, the president said “yes” immediately.

In 2015, Obama said: “I will continue to do whatever I need to do to make sure that our friends in Israel are safe.”

Obama always felt that Israel should be doing more for peace.

The problem which the extreme Arab world has is that it does not understand that compromise is not a defeat — it is a way of making peace.

Trump’s problem is that he does not take on board how the other side looks at the problem.

The idea that Israel and America leave the United Nations and set up another organisation is daft. You have to work with the UN as it is.

By remaining members, you talk to other countries. Sometimes you will win, other times you will lose. If you leave, you will always lose.

Victor Goldwater,
48 Bellwood Street,

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