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‘DEBATE ME’: Jewish Voices For Trump Co-Chair Challenges ‘pro antisemitism’ Biden Camp

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In an exclusive interview for SaraACarter.com, Jewish Voices for Trump co-chair Boris Epshteyn challenged his counterpart at Joe Biden’s presidential campaign to a debate, which he claims he refuses to accept.

This Biden Campaign didn’t respond to this reporter’s request for an interview with its Jewish Outreach Director, Aaron Keyak.

Current polling suggests President Trump is favored by nearly 30% of Jewish voters.

“That’s 5% higher than what President Trump got four years ago in 2016 and Joe Biden’s 67% support in that same poll is much lower than Hillary Clinton got in 2016 from Jewish Americans. And it would be, if that held on election day, would be the lowest Jewish American support for a Democrat since Michael Dukakis,” says Epshteyn.

With Keyak and Doug Emhoff, who’s headlined a number of Jewish voter outreach events for Biden and is married to his vice presidential pick Kamala Harris, Biden’s team is “sad,” Epshteyn said, adding “[Emhoff’s] only qualification I guess is being Kamala Harris’s husband.”

But, it”s also the fact that Biden and his party have aligned themselves with a number of antisemitic figures and it’s a cause for alarm, Epshteyn explained.

“In terms of where they stand, it’s clear,” Epshteyn said. “Joe Biden and Kamala Harris met with Jacob Blake Senior. He’s an antisemite. He’s a supporter of Louis Farrakhan who calls people like you and me termites.”

Blake Senior’s Facebook was found to be ripe with recent antisemitic posts lauding Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, who has called Jews ‘termites’ and the like. The antisemitism doesn’t stop there.

“They had Linda Sarsour speaking at their Democrat National Convention. She’s another pal of Louis Farrakhan’s. He’s not antisemite, he’s anti-termite, which means he wants to terminate people like you and me,” Epshteyn added.

“President Obama and Joe Biden treated Iran better than they treated Israel. We cannot go back to that. Jewish Americans cannot trust Joe Biden.”

According to Biden’s campaign site, however, he pledges to combat antisemitism, vows to support a strong U.S.-Israel relationship, and even says he’ll fight the antisemitic Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement that seeks to economically strangle Israel.

“Jewish Americans cannot trust Joe Biden,” Epshteyn said. “And, by the way, since when is not supporting BDS some sort of line in the sand? BDS is an antisemitic movement, so that shouldn’t be something that Joe Biden even has to say, but he does and it’s a lie because his people, the people who will be controlling him, the puppet masters behind Joe Biden do support BDS, they are antisemites, and Joe Biden is no friend to Jews or the State of Israel.”

Biden recently compared Trump to Adolf Hitler’s confidante and Nazi chief Joseph Goebbels, which Epshteyn says “was demeaning of the Holocaust,” adding that Biden’s Jewish Outreach Director recently liked and soon unliked a tweet comparing Trump to Hitler.

Epshteyn also gave an open offer to “anybody who’s willing to moderate” the debate including me and Jewish Telegraph Agency’s “leftist” Ron Kampeas. “Aaron Keyak better come out of hiding and debate me on the clear contrast between President Trump fighting against antisemitism and standing for the State of Israel and Joe Biden being pro antisemitism and pro-Iran,” said Epshteyn.

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Arab States Unlikely to Join Broad Military Defense with Israel Against Iran

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In an effort to re-charge the Abraham Accords launched by the Trump administration, Sens. Jodi Ernst (R-IA), Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Cory Booker (D-NJ) and James Lankford (R-OK) introduced the DEFEND Act, which calls for US leadership in supporting Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Iraq and members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) (Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar and Kuwait) to form a joint air and missile defense against Iran. The Biden administration will also visit Israel, Saudi Arabia and the Palestinian Authority from July 13-16. His visit to Saudi Arabia will include a “GCC+3” summit that would reportedly include the leaders of Jordan, Egypt, Iraq and the members of the GCC.

But this grand summit faces some serious challenges. While the UAE and Bahrain are already coordinating with Israel on defense, the other GCC countries plus Iraq are quite far from such a possibility. And Saudi Arabian normalization with Israel is the Biden administration’s diplomatic breakthrough to lose.

Iraq seems far from any reconciliation with Israel. Iraq recently made it illegal for Iraqi citizens to have any ties with the Jewish State, a crime punishable by death or life imprisonment. The law is so egregious that even the State Department condemned it.

Kuwait continues to express outright hostility to Israel. Yes, it is refreshing to hear that a Kuwaiti editorial supported normalization with Israel and bashed the Palestinians, calling for the Gulf States to cut off aid to the latter. But Kuwait has shown little signs of changing its actual policy towards Israel. Kuwait recently banned maritime shipping between Israel and Kuwait, as well as the film Death on the Nile because it featured Israeli actress Gal Gadot.

Qatar is a long way away from joining the Abraham Accords, and any defense agreement that would involve Israel. In a welcomed diplomatic step, Qatar will allow Israelis to visit the country using Israeli passports to attend the FIFA World Cup. Israel will also propose an arrangement with Qatar where Israel would have direct flights to the country for the World Cup. While these are welcome developments, Qatar must abandon significant hostility to Israel like its support for jihadist groups and state-sponsored anti-Semitism and anti-Israelism before it can join any broader defense agreement with the Jewish State.

While Oman has clandestine ties with Israel, it has stated numerous times that it will not join the Abraham Accords. While warm to Israel, it also has a strong relationship with Iran which includes military cooperation. So, Oman joining a defense pact against Iran seems absurd.

The most likely country to join Israel, UAE and Bahrain in a defense pact against Iran would be Saudi Arabia, who has to its credit moved incrementally closer to normalization with Israel. US and Israel are reportedly in the midst of helping to broker the transfer of strategic islands in the Red Sea from Egypt to Saudi Arabia. Both US National Security Council Middle East coordinator Brett McGurk and State Department energy envoy Amos Hochstein were recently in Riyadh to help broker this deal. According to Axios, the Biden administration seeks to clinch a deal between Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Israel on these islands before the GCC+3 summit. The deal would also serve a two-fold purpose: 1) to advance normalization between Saudi Arabia and Israel; and 2) to improve US-Saudi relations that have long been antagonized by the Biden administration’s anti-Saudi policies. Israel wants security arrangements regarding the islands, as well as access to Saudi airspace to Asia, in addition to direct flights for those seeking pilgrimages from Tel Aviv to Mecca and Medina. Saudi Arabia currently grants Israel limited access to its airspace for flights to the UAE and Bahrain.

And as the Wall Street Journal has reported, there have been a growing number of secret business and security discussions between the two countries. According to an Israeli newspaper Globes, “dozens” of Israeli businessmen recently traveled to Saudi Arabia using special visas and their Israeli passports. This report further alleges that Israeli businessmen have been travelling to Riyadh and the future location of Neom, a planned hi-tech city, for months. The Globes article further mentions that Israelis and Saudis have already signed “a number of agreements” which each other, “including a multi-million dollar deal in the agriculture tech sector and a second deal for an Israeli water tech solution.”

The greatest hope for a broader Gulf defense agreement with Israel against Iran would be if Saudi Arabia joins the UAE and Bahrain in normalizing ties with Israel, with one or more countries following suit. Israel and Saudi Arabia have made strides towards normalization. But the Biden administration must follow its shuttle diplomacy with reversals of numerous counter-productive anti-Saudi policies. It must climb down the tree it planted when it accused MBS or orchestrating Jamal Khashoggi’s murder, without presenting hard evidence and ignoring Khashoggi’s checkered past. And it must support Saudi Arabia in its war against Iran’s proxies, the Houthi terrorists in Yemen. Only when America reconciles with Saudi Arabia can the region see a broadening of the Abraham Accords.

NOTE: Due to an editorial error an earlier draft of this story was posted, it is now updated. 

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