Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump will address the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference next week in Washington. He has a habit of speaking his mind, and his upcoming remarks promise not to disappoint. I’ve obtained an advance copy of Trump’s speech that I wish to share with you, making clear his position on Israel – he loves it and his feelings towards the Jewish people, whom he also loves. It reads as follows:
“My name is Donald Trump and I’m a big fan of Israel. Israel’s given a lot, but hasn’t been given a lot of credit for what they’ve given.
I, however, have made massive contributions to Israel. Believe me. I have tremendous love for Israel. I happen to have a son-in-law and a daughter that are Jewish, okay? And two grandchildren that are Jewish
So, I really do love Israel. Believe me. Israel is our real strong supporter. I was even the Grand Marshall of the Israeli Day Parade in 2004
- or what I guess some refer to as the Salute to Israel Parade – whatever it’s called, I was in the front of it
And my people wouldn’t want me to say this, but I’m planning going to Israel, and I’ll be meeting with Bibi Netanyahu, who’s a great guy. I even helped him with a campaign commercial for his re-election campaign in 2013. He’s a good man, he’s worked very hard, but he has absolutely no support from President Obama
— absolutely none. Obama is the worst thing to ever have happened to Israel. But I would call myself “very, very pro-Israel.”
In fact, there is a lot to learn from Israel. Believe me. If you think walls don’t work,
all you have to do is ask Israel. Same model.
I even plan on doing business in Israel one day. For years I’ve been in talks and talks and even more talks to build a tower on the border of Tel Aviv, a Trump hotel in Netanya and the Trump Golf Course in Ashkelon. None of these efforts have ever come to fruition, of course, but I believe one day they really might. Or so I keep saying. I have great affection for Israel and its people, and I believe that Israel is a worthy place to be included in the list of communities which host Trump golf centers
. Be proud, you made the cut. It’ll be huge.
So what if I have properties in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Qatar and Saudi Arabia
– and if I partner with them and with Kuwait and the Emirates
– but I still don’t have a single business dealing in Israel? I will someday. Believe me.
Let me be sort of a neutral guy on Israel. I don’t want to say whose fault is it, I don’t think it helps. Some people ask me ‘how do you remain neutral when the US considers Israel to be America's closest ally in the Middle East?’ It doesn't help if I start saying, 'I am very pro-Israel, very pro, more than anybody on this stage.’ I can’t negotiate as well if I take sides
, but with that being said, I am totally pro-Israel. Believe me.
I think it serves no purposes generally to say there's a good guy and a bad guy. Let me be sort of a neutral guy on Israel.
But I'm a negotiator like you folks; we are negotiators. The Iran deal can be renegotiated. Is there anybody that doesn't renegotiate deals in this room? This room negotiates them
-- perhaps more than any other room I've ever spoken in.
Effective negotiations could happen with many Arab leaders…like…such as…well I hear the King of Jordan seems like a nice man
, but I haven’t been working too much with the Arab leaders to be honest with you. I mean, except for Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Qatar, Saudi, Kuwait and the UAE
Look, I happen to have a son-in-law and a daughter that are Jewish, okay? And two grandchildren that are Jewish
I know this may seem confusing, but sorry losers and haters, but my I.Q. is one of the highest
- and you all know it! Please don't feel so stupid or insecure; it's not your fault. Because I am so smart, I know why you’re not going to support me. You’re not going to support me because I don’t want your money
. I do want your support, but I don't want your money. Believe me. But, you are the only kind of people I want counting my money – little short guys that wear yarmulkes every day
And no, that’s not an offensive stereotype. Some critics like the Anti-Defamation League have problems with me saying things like that. They call some of my other remarks ‘obscene
’ too, because they appeared to tie Jewish donors to white supremacists.
But to be clear, when I was asked on 'Morning Joe' about white supremacist David Duke and other racist individuals or groups that endorse my candidacy, I did say that he was a bad person. I did not immediately condemn Duke on CNN
because I don’t like to disavow groups if I don’t know who they are. I mean, you could have Federation of Jewish Philanthropies in ‘groups.’ Believe me.
You know, I happen to have a son-in-law and a daughter that are Jewish
, okay? And two grandchildren that are Jewish.
And lastly, as far as comparisons of me to Hitler go, I condemn these remarks completely. Now, everyone, raise your right hand and repeat after me
. ‘I do solemnly swear that I — no matter how I feel, no matter what the conditions, if there’s hurricanes or whatever — will vote, on or before the 12th, for Donald J. Trump for president.’ Hands raised?
I love Israel. I love the Jews. I swear. Believe me. Thank you. You may put your hands down. Hey, where is everybody?”Steve Rabinowitz is a founder of Bluelight Strategies, a Washington, DC public affairs firm, a Jewish Democrat and a would-be satirist.