Photo Credit: White House photo, Shealah Craighead
President Trump with the Japanese ambassador to the U.S. in 2018.

The choice for Jews in this election is clear. On one side is a candidate – President Trump – who has a proven track record of friendship with Israel and the Jewish people.

On the other side is a candidate – Joe Biden – who served as vice president with one of the most anti-Israel presidents in history and who has chosen as his vice presidential candidate a radical leftist who supports anti-Semites who back BDS and the Marxist BLM organization.


Trump has proven himself to be a friend of the Jewish people in innumerable ways, from relocating America’s embassy in Israel to Jerusalem to withdrawing the U.S. from the terrible Iran deal. He has also formally recognized Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan heights, so strategically important for Israel’s security, and withheld U.S. tax dollars from the Palestinian Authority, which continues to fund Palestinian terrorists who killed Israelis. (Biden has been outspoken about restoring aid to the Palestinians.)

Recently, President Trump’s administration has brokered a peace treaty between Israel, the UAE, and Bahrain. For the first time, what we got was not “land for peace,” but “peace for peace.” For his efforts, President Trump has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Obama got this prize simply for existing. If Trump gets it, it will be well-deserved, as more and more Muslim countries are joining Trump’s peace initiative despite protests from the Palestinians.

In addition, President Trump has called out anti-Semitism voiced by members of Congress such as Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, while Biden has welcomed their support and pledged at the virtual Million Muslim Vote Summit to invite “Muslim American voices as part of [his] administration.” He also said at the summit, “I wish we taught more in our schools about the Islamic faith.”

Also speaking at the summit was Biden supporter Linda Sarsour, who spoke at the Democratic National Convention as well. This is the same Linda Sarsour who has glorified Palestinian rock throwers and called Zionism “creepy.” Only after pushback from Jewish organizations did Biden try to distance himself from Sarsour.

In 1982, Senator Joe Biden told Menachem Begin that Israel’s settlement expansion would endanger American support for foreign aid to Israel. Begin responded angrily, “I am a proud Jew. Three thousand years of culture are behind me, and you will not frighten me with threats.”

More recently, Biden has pledged to bring back the PLO’s diplomatic mission in Washington and reopen the U.S. consulate in East Jerusalem (which primarily services Palestinians).

In spite of all President Trump’s accomplishments on behalf of the Jewish people, he has been berated and attacked on a daily basis, not only by Socialist Democrat leaders and mainstream media outlets, but by left-wing Jewish Democrat voters. They have internalized the false accusations heaped upon our president by the left-wing media, which has become the willing arm of the Democratic Party.

Many Jewish voters argue they cannot support a president whose morals they question. They also argue that it’s a basic Jewish value to support the downtrodden. Meanwhile, they turn a blind eye to the anti-Semitism expressed by Democrat members of congress who champion BDS. Is supporting anti-Semites a Jewish value?

Trump has signed an executive order that threatens to withhold funds from universities that support BDS or promote an anti-Semitic environment on campus. Indoctrination of our youth with anti-Semitism and Israel hatred has been a big problem on campuses in recent years; Jewish students have been forced to hide their Jewishness and their support of Israel for fear of being berated and even attacked. Trump stepped up to the plate and took action.

Talking about Jewish values, Biden and Harris support funding Planned Parenthood and taxpayer-funded abortions. The Democrat Party supports late-term abortion up till the moment of birth. Is that a Jewish value? President Trump, on the other hand, is the most pro-life president in history and supports the unborn child’s right to life.

Trump is crucially a law and order president. A free people cannot exist without law and order. Our Torah is based on law and order.

In contrast, throughout the entire Democrat Convention, no mention was made of the violence, the looting, and the destruction of property orchestrated by Black Lives Matter and other radical actors. The “mostly peaceful protesters” narrative of the media belies the devastation our own eyes witness in major Democrat-run cities, including New York City, where stores had to be boarded up all over Manhattan, and Los Angeles, where anti-Semitic graffiti desecrated synagogues and where Jewish businesses were specifically targeted and destroyed. Kamala Harris has said the “protests won’t stop – nor should they.”

Only when the Democrats realized their policy of remaining silent in the face of the mayhem they willfully allowed to unfold – and refused to condemn – was negatively affecting them in the polls did Biden finally come out amd say he opposes violent protests. (That’s after Biden said he supports redirecting police funding.)

Trump is a president who keeps his promises. Trump didn’t need this job, nor did he enrich himself as a result of this job as past presidents (and vice presidents, including Joe Biden) have. Trump donates his salary to charity.

So why did he run for election and why is he running for reelection after four years of unprecedented abuse to himself and his family? The answer is obvious. Trump is a true patriot who feels he can make a difference – and he certainly has despite the many obstacles the Democrats have put in his way.

People may not like Trump’s brashness at times, and they may not like the way he fights back when being attacked. But Trump is precisely the leader we need at this tumultuous time. A lesser man would have caved long ago. Trump does not cave. He fights for the people he has pledged to serve.

To those in the Jewish community who are concerned about Trump’s tweets, let me say this: Be concerned not about tweets from a president who loves America and who defends Israel’s right to exist. Be concerned about a future under a president who caters to anti-Semites and Marxists. Be concerned about a future governed by a Democrat leadership controlled by anarchists and governed by mob rule. Be concerned about a Democrat leadership that will not have your back and will throw Israel under the bus just as Obama did at the UN on his way out the door.

And finally, remember the Jewish value of hakaras hatov, gratitude. Trump unquestionably deserves our unswerving gratitude – and vote.


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Ettie Kryksman is a longtime yeshiva and public school teacher living in Brooklyn.