Donald Trump's Inauguration Speech - Full Speech
View of the Inauguration from Israel
By Cathy Sherman
January 21, 2017
As the preparations and hype for the inauguration of Friday, January 20, heat up and the anticipation grows, many people across the world are watching. Through live streaming of news from computer monitors or TV screens, the events will be watched by Americans and non-Americans in Israel. Because it’s happening on a Friday, which is Sabbath in Israel, those who are observant will have to wait until Saturday night re-runs, but the interest is still high.
Much has been expressed about the transition from Obama to Trump. All of the major Israeli online news sources are covering stories leading up to Friday’s main event. The biggest issue in Israeli media about Trump is his promise to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The big back-story here is that, though it is a law on the books in the US, every president since its passage has utilized a waiver to avoid the controversy which is threatened to erupt if this is done.
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The problem is that anything that changes the policy on Jerusalem is an excuse for the Arabs in Israel and in the Palestinian Authority to riot and protest. They still think they will be able to steal Jerusalem from the Jewish people as part of their proposed state. However, the issue has been put six feet under by most Israelis, since for 20 years at least, the Arabs have not accepted any offers of land from Israel, other than Jordan. Moving any embassy to Jerusalem is a proclamation that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. Of course it is the capital and has been for 3000 years. It’s never belonged to any people called “Palestinian”, since they are a new people which was created in 1964 by Yasser Arafat, an Egyptian. Besides, their state is supposed to be Jordan, which was given land from Palestine-Israel decades ago.
The newest update on the Jerusalem issue is that Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat has begun his own campaign which encourages Israelis to welcome Mr. Trump in his new role as US president. The first part of his campaign is to post a petition online endorsing Mr. Trump’s support of Israel and his promise to move the embassy. The mayor then will present the petition with signatures to the new Trump administration.
Barkat exemplifies the hopes that the new administration is bringing to Israeli citizens. He says, "After the eight dry years, a true friend has come to the White House. And I, along with all the citizens of Israel, welcome President-elect Donald Trump as he is elected leader of the free world, and thank him for his support of Israel and his efforts to move the embassy to Jerusalem.
"The call to sign the petition comes in light of Israel's enemies' strong opposition to the move. I'll direct all sectors of Israeli society [to it] and together, we'll send a signal to leaders in Washington that the U.S.'s greatest friend is still here."
It’s interesting to note that Mayor Barkat referred to Mr. Trump’s election as that of “elected leader of the free world.”
Yishai Fleisher, a leader of settlers in Judea, though he lives on the Mt. of Olives which cannot be called a settlement, also expressed hope in the new president. Anyone familiar with the Bible, and particularly the New Testament, realizes how important the Mt. of Olives was to the events revealed in the Bible. Yet to Obama and the UN, the whole area east of Jerusalem is now called an illegal settlement which, along with the Temple Mount and the Western Wall, is Islamic.
Fleisher wrote that “most indications show that he does not share your [Obama’s] contempt for Israel, for Jerusalem and for the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria. We are looking forward to the next four years.”
After writing the above, I went to a birthday party in my neighborhood. Some of my friends were discussing where the embassy could be built and the length of time it would take to build it. The best solution seems to be the most obvious. A few years ago a new US consulate building was completed in Jerusalem, right smack on top of the imaginary armistice line of 1948. So it is in between Arab and Jewish neighborhoods. It is in the valley and there is lots of room to build more buildings, if other countries wanted to move their embassies there.
As with most things, it’s hard to get definite answers to questions, because when we try to find out if this new consulate building was indeed planned to turn into a an embassy when the time came, we have been told both yes and no. Whatever the plans were, it does seem prudent to just turn the consulate into an embassy. Then Mr.Trump could easily check one major promise off his list. More than that, he would be demonstrating his courage, along with his support for an ally which has been much maligned in the past eight years.
And the Arabs? This would be a major calling of their bluff. The only reason they can protest is the same old argument about borders of their never-gonna-happen state. The building is already there, the personnel are mostly Arab, there would be no change to the neighborhoods or the way of life in the area. So it’s a good guess the Arabs would back down and not start another war which they know they’d lose.
So Israelis have had much to talk about these past two months and the conversation has intensified as the final day of Obama approached. From where I sit in the outlaw territories deemed by the UN and Obama to be illegal for Jews, a great time of celebration will ensue on Saturday night after sundown. At that time we’ll all rush to check our internet, to make sure Mr. Trump is indeed the 45th president of the United States.
© 2017 Cathy Sherman - All Rights Reserved
Cathy Sherman is a freelance writer with a major interest in natural health. She wrote many articles on healthy living. An interest in the fascinating subject of water inspired her to write her recently published children’s book, Drew Drop and the Water Cycle.
After moving to Israel, she realized the need to clarify some of the incorrect and misunderstood narratives surrounding Israel and its conflict with Arab neighbors.
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'Big Agenda' Author David Horowitz: Trump Speech a 'Tremendous Slap in the Face to Democrats'
By Newsmax Staff
Friday, 20 Jan 2017
President Donald Trump's inauguration speech was "tremendous" and sets the stage for him to "blow up the Democrat base" and prevent it from winning a national election "for a long time," says David Horowitz, author of the just-released bestseller, "Big Agenda: President Trump's Plan to Save America."
"It was tremendous and sharpens or underscores what the divide is really about," Horowitz said Friday to J.D. Hayworth on Newsmax TV's special live coverage of Trump's swearing in as the nation's 45th commander-in-chief.
"When it was the Obama years and the Democrats, it was always race, genders, classes, the powerless, the supposed 1 percent. With Trump he said when you have patriotism in your heart, there's no room for prejudice.
"What Trump celebrated was America, the American community and America with borders, which the Democrats hate. An America where you buy American, where you create American jobs. This is like waving a red flag at the Democrats."
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Horowitz — a longtime liberal-turned-staunch conservative and founder of The David Horowitz Freedom Center, a right-leaning think-tank — said Bill and Hillary Clinton, who attended the ceremony, looked "like they were at a funeral."
"It's great that they came, but they certainly weren't happy and when they flashed on [former President Barack] Obama during Trump's inaugural address, he wasn't happy either. I don't blame him for that," he said.
"But this is a wonderful day where the country or a lot of the country comes together, not the 60 Democrats, representatives that chose not to attend or the mobs with their lunatic attacks on Trump, calling him a racist.
"Anybody who watched that speech would know that this is a very inclusive president and what he has in store for these Democrats is what he's going to do for the inner cities of America, which will blow up the Democrat base and make it impossible for them to win a national election for a long time."
Horowitz also criticized the media's coverage of Trump and how it will now be on the defensive.
"It's been so partisan [it] has lost all credibility and Trump, because he's so aggressive . . . [is] not taking it. When the press dishes it out he goes right back in their face. They're going to have to adjust to the new reality," he said.
"Identity politics is anti-America . . . Regardless of race, religion, or color, everybody is equal. What the Democrats have been doing for the last 30 years is putting race, gender, and color right back as categories of privilege so if you're the right color you get to the head of the line looking for a job or to get into a university.
"That's why, it's the symbolism of Trump's inaugural address. It's America, it's one community, we're judged on our merits, we are individuals. Individual freedom is being erased steadily, or was in America until this last election."
Horowitz, who is also publisher of Frontpage Mag, is unconcerned about Trump's continuous use of Twitter.
"It's his aggressiveness that's important. He's a fighter and that is transforming the Republican Party. He is the guy [who said] we're not going to take it anymore," Horowitz said.
"He went right in their face, just look at that inaugural address, which is really an indictment of everything that Obama's done without mentioning him by name or the policies … [It was] a tremendous slap in the face to the Democrats.
"The reason that they're opposed to the nominations is because, and this is another Trump quote, they have tremendous hatred in their hearts for Republicans."
Horowitz's book, published by Humanix, presents a White House battle plan to "halt the Democrats' march to extinguish the values America holds dear."
The plan includes the restoration of Guantanamo, resumption of the Keystone XL pipeline project and end of amnesty for illegal immigrants. It also calls for "surprising" appointments to Supreme Court and federal judiciary and changes to the Affordable Care Act and EPA.
Donald Trump and the New American Patriotism
BY: Matthew Continetti
January 20, 2017 1:03 pm
Donald Trump’s inaugural address was a stirring call for national unity and a declaration of war against the establishment in Washington, D.C. The speech was vintage Trump: politically incorrect, critical of both parties, amped up, biting, strongly delivered, and wildly ambitious. Anyone who believed Trump would change his beliefs or style when he assumed the office of the presidency was proven wrong. He’s not going to change. And he’s not going to let up
Trump espoused his worldview in remarkably few words. He is a vituperative critic of the post-Cold War international system. Where the architects of that system see it as a bulwark of stability and global prosperity, Trump sees it as diminishing the United States in favor of foreign countries and an international class of wealthy political and financial elites. Washington has been serving its own interests, he said, and not the people’s. That ends now. His America will turn inward, focusing on domestic stability, education, infrastructure, and jobs. The one exception will be the fight against Islamic terrorism, where Trump is prepared to join with autocracies in pursuit of common goals.
Trump forcefully rejected identity politics. Racial and ethnic identities, he said, are less important than our status as American citizens. “When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice.” There are no hyphenated Americans in this worldview, only Americans and outsiders. And Americans are to be privileged over outsiders. It’s been said that American presidents are replaced by their opposites. What a contrast to Barack Obama’s second inaugural address, where he called for a “world without walls.”
This was not a programmatic speech. There will be more policy specifics when Trump addresses a joint session of Congress on his budget proposal. Instead the inaugural address was Trump distilled: nationalist, populist, and ready to fight.
He better be. Trump delivered his combative speech in the midst of the very establishment he is attempting to overthrow. Surrounded by Bushes, Clintons, Obamas, Bidens, and Ryans, Trump aligned himself with the crowd against the celebrities and VIPs on the dais. Mass rallies, social media, and sheer force of personality are his weapons as he attempts to defenestrate the ruling class in Washington and bring a new spirit of patriotism to America. He draws strength from his gut connection with Jacksonian America—a connection deepened and enriched by one of the most combative, polarizing, bold, evocative, and indeed revolutionary inaugural addresses in American history.
Matthew Continetti is the Editor in Chief of the Washington Free Beacon. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.*******