Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump last week warned that if he is not elected America’s next president, it will spell doom for Israel.
The Iran nuclear deal brokered by the Obama Administration “is going to destroy Israel — unless I get elected. Then Israel will be just fine,” Trump said at a campaign stop in Cleveland.
Regarding the agreement that lifted sanctions on Iran in return for more openness regarding its nuclear program, a deal the Iranian leadership has since treated with great disdain, Trump called it “one of the worst negotiated deals I have ever seen.”
Whether or not they believe Trump’s “messianic” prediction, a growing number of Israelis are urging locals who hold American citizenship to vote for the controversial real estate mogul.
“I urge all eligible voters to register and vote for [Trump], who can significantly help strengthen of the State of Israel, as well improve the ties between us and the US,” said Yossi Dagan, head of the Samaria Regional Council, during a visit to a local Republican field office last week.
While a majority of Israelis still hold fond memories of Bill Clinton, and therefore support Hillary, many fear the Democratic candidate would push Israel to make dangerous concessions to her enemies. And there is little hope that she’d get along with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.