Yuval Rabin is right, the presidential campaign of Donald Trump has been an ugly thing to behold, replete with hate-filled rhetoric against Mexicans, Muslims, foreigners and whoever else his handlers tell him to insult and offend.
Since the death of his father, Yitzhak Rabin, Israel has been on an ever-deepening downward spiral of greater cruelty and violence, of social and moral decline to the point of being utterly bankrupt in political, moral, social and ethical terms. The peace process seems farther away than ever and the rest of the world increasingly unfriendly and unwilling to continue to ignore the genocidal rape of the Palestinian people.
In short, the rise to power of the right wing Likud party, largely under Netanyahu, has been nothing short of a disaster for both Israel and the Jewish diaspora.
Have no doubt that a right wing GOP regime under Trump would be any less of disaster. A large part of the world’s population already hates America for good reason; Trump seems hell-bent on making sure everyone else feels the same way too, especially those who aren’t part of the elite or in the corporate world.
After 15 years of the ‘War On Terror’, Saudi-Israeli-Neocon sponsored terrorism and destabilisation of nations from Venezuela to Vietnam, the world badly needs peace. The world badly needs the US people to see Trump for what he is and realise he stands for racism, bigotry, elitism and various other forms of hate-filled behaviour that we hoped we were leaving behind.
Jewish Telegraphic Agency
Yitzhak Rabin’s son warns Donald Trump: Same kind of ‘incitement’ spurred murder of my father
The son of slain Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin said Donald Trump’s “ugly” campaign rhetoric is threatening American democracy and creating an atmosphere similar to the one in Israel leading up to his father’s assassination.
In a USA Today op-ed on Sunday, Yuval Rabin wrote that the recent call by Trump to “Second Amendment people” is the same kind of “incitement” that “led to the murder” of his father in 1995.
“More than one commentator in Israel and the U.S. has pointed to the parallels between Israel in the 1990s and the U.S. today,” Rabin wrote, citing articles in Haaretz and The New York Times.
He added: “Trump has called Clinton ‘the devil,’ claimed that the election might be ‘rigged,’ denigrated religions and questioned the impartiality of the justice system.
“Intentional or not, the Republican presidential nominee is removing confidence in the democratic form of governance. If an election is seen as illegitimate, if those who supported a candidate are viewed as somehow lesser ‘Americans,’ then it becomes acceptable — and even appropriate — to work outside the political system.”
Trump’s comments last week — suggesting that gun-rights supporters could take action against Hillary Clinton if she “wants to abolish” the Second Amendment, or the right to bear arms — also prompted Connecticut Gov. Daniel Malloy to make the Rabin assassination comparison.
“I instantly thought about Rabin and Israel,” Malloy, a Democrat, said on MSNBC. “There were rallies going on in Israel where ‘Death to Rabin’ was shouted and politicians didn’t respond, so I’m going to respond.”
Rabin was shot and killed by a right-wing extremist, Yigal Amir, amid tensions over Rabin’s push to make peace with the Palestinians.
Yuval Rabin went on to argue in his piece that Trump’s words are “a threat to American democracy.”
“It is not my place to make this claim,” he wrote. “But I have been touched by political violence, and have witnessed the environment that led to at least one person to believe such violence was called for.”