Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Jerusalem-Most Coveted of All Religions

Nadene Goldfoot                                                             
Jerusalem's Tower of David
Tower of David in Jerusalem

Jerusalem, Israel is the capital of this small state.  It was built by David who was king of Israel who lived from 1010 BCE to 970 BCE.  That 40 year period was 3,026 years ago!  Israel was reborn in 1948 and Jerusalem became their capital again after the 1967 War when all the Arab nations surrounding her  attacked the 3rd time, but were repelled once again, making Israel the winner of the onslaught.  Jerusalem has been her official capital for the past 49 years, and there is yet a nation to accept this very fact.  They'd rather not, they say.
General Bar Kokhba's revolt against the Romans succeeded
in gaining back Jerusalem, if only for 3 years from 132 to 135! 
Jerusalem's Western Wall at night today.  It's the only place left for Jews since their site
of the 2nd Temple has a Mosque standing over it-a place Jews are not allowed to pray!
Now UNESCO of the United Nations has ruled that it has no Jewish connection!  Since
nations did not win against Israel in battles, they fight Israel in this way.  Their logic is
only nonsense, and we all know it.  

It was the capital of the remaining part of southern Israel called Judah until the Romans burned it down in 70 CE.  This means it was the Jewish capital for a good 1,030 years!  General Bar Kokhba made a last stand and retook their city in 132 and held it for 3 whole years before he was killed in battle.  That was the longest any group had held out against the mighty Roman army, and they were most angry about it.  This is when they named the land "Palestine" after the main Jewish enemy of the Philistines.  To later be called a Palestinian was rather an anathema to a Jew.  He was a Jew, an Israelite.
For the Christians and the Muslims want to claim  to be the ruling authority  over Jerusalem instead of Israel.  Christians came along because the Jesus of their narrative was a Judean born in Bethlehem.  He died on the cross due to Herod's  ruling.  The period of the Crusaders, from about 1095 to 1350,  had the king of England and others riding through Europe, killing Jews on the way as they showed their love for Jesus in this peculiar style.  They arrived in what was then called Palestine-named as such by the Romans who had killed Jesus, and commenced to slaughter all the people they had contact with; Jews and Muslims!

Muslims joined Judaism through their leader, Mohammad, who wrote his own good book called the Koran and claimed belief in one God only.  He lived from 570 to 632,  a period of 62 years.  That was only 1,446 years ago.  When he died, his followers turned into the most serious of proselytizers, forcing people at the point of a sword to convert to their way of believing..  Of course, one of their first acts was to follow the Romans in Jerusalem who had built a pagan Temple over the spot where the Jews' 2nd Temple had stood but had been destroyed by the Romans, and build their own mosque over it.
Al Buraf, an Islamic update of Pegasus
    Omar built a temporary Temple, and it was rebuilt 100 years later by Caliph Abd al- Malik in about 738, with the narrative that Mohammad had been there with his horse and they had flown there and then flew into the sky to heaven and back home in Arabia again.  They had many stories of flying carpets, but this was a first to be done on a flying horse.  Because of this story, they claim that Jerusalem is their 3rd holiest place in the world.
Abdullah I bin al-Hussein, King of Jordan 1946 to 1951
born and raised in Mecca, Arabia; was part of the Ottoman
Empire who lost WWI they had joined, being on Germany's side.
However, "
Between 1916 and 1918, working with the British guerrilla leader T. E. Lawrence, he played a key role as architect and planner of the Great Arab Revolt against Ottoman rule. So he was rewarded with almost all of the Jewish Homeland (80%). .  
Abdullah's descendant, King Hussein, grandson who was the son of Talal, Abdullah's son.
Today, Hussein's son is King Abdullah II.  Hussein had been king since 1952 until his death in 1999..  
Jewish Homeland given to Abdullah in 1921!  He'll take more in 1948 by
annexing land that's on
the West side of the Jordan River-Judah and Samaria.  TransJordan later
was just called JORDAN, ruled in 1952 by his grandson, Hussein. In 1970
he expelled the PLO-later to reconcile with Arafat. His own people were
originally the bedouin tribesmen from Arabia, where he was from. 

Jordan had King Abdullah I in 1948  who took advantage of Israel being attacked 5 minutes after their claim of their state.  Israel had no army as yet, no uniforms, nothing and was ripe for the attack that they accomplished quickly.  Jordanians took ancient Judah and Samaria, naming it the West Bank as it lay on the Western side of the Jordan River.  It was land that was accepted by the League of Nations to be the Jewish Homeland and of course included part of Jerusalem.  Israel got it back legally by international law after the 1967 War.  The problem is that other countries or religions look at this law with a blind eye.  They haven't accepted it.
Jerusalem is written about in the Torah and other Jewish materials found in the "Old Testament" of the Bible.  Christians do not read the "Old Testament" nearly as much as their "New Testament."  In fact, the Presbyterians have a replacement theory whereby the they have replaced the Jews.  Evidently they must think they should be the ones to inherit Jerusalem this way.
Israel has been home to all religions.  Each one is respected, but that wasn't the way with Jordan's government.  No other religions were respected.  Jewish cemeteries were being destroyed, and so were holy places.  Israel has many minarets of the Muslim faith.  Jerusalem has always been the City of David, the City of Peace.  Yet the Muslims recently went around stabbing Jews they saw in this city, trying to kill them, and if that was too slow a process, went about ramming cars into crowds, trying to do the job faster.  There was no respect for life from this group at all!
Jews at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, the only place of history
left for Jews to visit for praying.  It was the first place they went to in 1967 upon
receiving entrance.  

When Jordan was governing, Jerusalem was a divided city.  Since being the capital, barriers were taken down.  It has one Israeli mayor, just like other cities. "An Islamic religious endowment lies under the management of the Jordanian government through the Waqf in Amman,  given by Moshe Dayan in 1967.   The Israeli government imposes entry limits to Temple Mount for political and security reasons. In addition, Jewish law imposes restrictions on entering Temple Mount.
One problem that still exists from Ottoman Empire days is that of praying on the Temple Mount.  "Jewish prayer on Temple Mount is completely forbidden. Jews may enter only to visit the place, and only at limited times. Muslims are free to pray on Temple Mount, however, Christians and Jews may only visit the site as tourists. They are forbidden from singing, praying, or making any kind of "religious displays".   During times of political tension and fear of riots, on Fridays and some Jewish or Muslim Holy Days entry to the Haram area is restricted to Muslim men over a certain age, which varies according to decisions taken by security officials. The restrictions do not concern Muslim women, who can enter regardless of their age. "  "A number of Jewish movements demand "freedom of prayer to Jews on Temple Mount": "The Temple Mount Faithfuls" have been led by Gershon Solomon "and my cousin, Stanley Goldfoot.                                                

I get it that Israel is sitting in the crossroads of the world, but this is 2016, and people can fly in jets quickly today.  They don't need the site that Israel sits on.  Israel's history is ancient and the Jews are one of the few ancient peoples who continue to exist.  Our history is part and parcel to our religion.  It is precious to us.  So is this land.  It holds the bones of our ancestors.  Our ancestors have prayed for the past 2,000 years for our return and that we NEVER forget Jerusalem.  We haven't!

Research, The New Standard Jewish Encyclopedia

Monday, October 17, 2016

Israel: Continuous Jewish Presence in Their Land and Enduring Wars Against Her

Nadene Goldfoot                                                                             
Hills of Judah, southern part of Israel
where tribe of Judah lived

King David 1010-
970 BCE

For over 3,000 years, Jews lived in Eretz Yisrael as proven by archeological and historical evidence.  It's civilization was already over 1,000 years old when Rome destroyed the Holy Temple and conquered the Jewish nation in the 70 CE-the 1st century that nations of today count from in their calendar.
Solomon's Temple

Rome exiled only a portion of the population.  The remaining Jews were banned by Rome from living in Jerusalem, so they flourished for centuries in other Jewish towns such as Yavne, Rafah, Gaza, Ashkelon, Jaffa and Caesarea.
Christian Crusaders of the 12th century CE decimated the Jewish population they had found when they invaded the land.  However, the Jewish population managed to rebound in the next centuries as Jews returned in waves of immigration and settled in Safed, Jerusalem, Tiberius and Hebron, the 4 sacred and holy cities of Judaism.  Today Hebron has been taken over by Muslims.
After 1850, the Jewish population grew even more.  By the 1870's, Jews were the majority religious group in Jerusalem.  Early modern Zionists began purchasing land and created thriving communities like Tel Aviv in 1909, even while the land was being ruled by the Ottoman Empire who by the 1st World War had held it for the past 400 years.  The 1880's had brought on 5 Jewish immigration groups from Russia and the surrounding area called Alliyahs.  They had had enough suffering from pogroms in Russia that were continuous.

1920-1921 In Palestine there were Arab Riots and Terrorism against Jews led by Haj Amin al-Husseini, the Sherif of Jerusalem.  This is when Britain was given the mandate by the League of Nations (1st United Nations).  Jews were killed and wounded.  Jews organized a defensive force to protection as had none from English there.  Beginnings of Haganah-first IDF soldiering.
1929  Continued massacres against Jews, Hebron Jews attacked, 67 slaughtered.  Jews were raped, tortured, babies beheaded and mutilated.  135 Jews killed, 30 maimed/wounded.
1936-1939  Nazi Germany developed causing rebellion against British in Great Arab Revolt with Haj Amin al-Husseini visiting Hitler in Germany, plotting against Jews.  415 Jews, 200 Brits and 5,000 Arab killed.
1948-1949: Israel's War of Independence-Mandate ended on May 14, 1948 so State of Israel then established.  
1949-1956 Egypt trained Arab terrorists (fedayeen) attacked Jews in Lebanon, Gaza and Jordan.  1,300 Jewish Israelis killed or wounded in attacks.  Nasser in charge of Gaza attacks.

1956 The Sinai/Suez War blockage Israeli shipping in Suez Canal, port of Eilat.  Israel then captured Sinai Peninsula and Gaza.  Egypt peace and so Israel withdrew-assured Israel of safety.

1959  Al Fatah Raids:  Yasser Arafat formed Fatah with guerrilla warfare against Israel and they planned animosity between Israel and Arab neighbors.
Hillary Clinton known of admiration for Arafat
1964  {Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) formed in Egypt, supported by Arab League, anti Israel militant groups.  Fatah and PLO united..  PLO made thousands of attacks against Israelis, others around world.  Committed the 1st airplane hijackings.
1967 The Six-Day War:  Syria, Egypt, Jordan and Iraq with Egypt keeping international water from Israel, expelled UN peace-keeping forces easily.  Full scale invasion planned to turn Jews into dust.  Israel pre-empted in a defensive war, captured Judea and Samaria (was to be part of Jewish Homeland plan of League of Nations when Jordan captured them in 1948.)  Also took back Gaza and Sinai Peninsula from Egypt, and Golan Heights from Syria.  
Meeting Halevy, Commander of Galilee Division of IDF
1967-1970 The War of Attrition  After 67 Ceasefire-Egypt broke it and attacked Israelis in Sinai; lasted 3 years with 1,424 Israeli soldiers and over 100 Israeli civilians killed.  Jordan expelled PLO-had war with them in 1970.  

1972 The Munich Massacre  Palestinians terrorists act worldwide.  Black September group held hostages and murdered 11 of Israel's Olympic Team at 1972 Munich Olympics.  Yasser Arafat's Fatah faction of PLO responsible.                                              
Moshe Dayan (1915-1981) in Haganah, founder of Palmah, lost eye in 1941
in British Army in Lebanon; In War of Independence, repelled Syrian army from Jordan Valley,
Commander of Jerusalem region, chief of general staff from 1953-1958, in 1956 responsibvle for Sinai Operation, in Knesset  in 1959, Minister of Defense before 6 Day War, resigned in 1974 because of
Yom Kippur War's setbacks.  
1973  The Yom Kippur War when Egypt and Syria's surprise attack on the holiest day of the Jewish year when all were in the synagogues praying and fasting.  IDF pushed Syrian troops back from Golan Heights.  2,688 Israeli soldiers killed in 3 weeks of fighting.  Egypt claimed its honor again because of 1st 48 hours.
Lived in Safed from 1981 to November 1985 in apartment
in northern Galilee close to Lebanon.

1982-1985 The Lebanon War (I had immigrated in 1980) PLO now in Lebanon who had Civil War from 1975 to 1990.  PLO attacked northern Israel. (I lived in Safed-very close to Lebanon.) Israel entered Lebanon in 1982 to root out PLO who later relocated in Tunis. By then 95,000 people had died by 1982.  In 1985 Israel withdrew to a 4 miles wide  area along border; unilaterally withdrew in 2000.  Civil War had Lebanese Christian Phalangists entering PLO refugee camps of Sabra and Shatilla and massacred about 460 to 700 people including 200 PLO fighters.  Israeli court said that Israel and General Ariel Sharon had indirect responsibility because of not stopping Phalangists from entering into the camps. They had asked, Sharon and agreed that they did the entering.  They were our friends, had been guarding our border, did R&R in Israel.
1987-1991-First Intifada by PLO with 27 Israelis killed, over 1,400 civilians and 1,700 soldiers injured.  Palestinian casualties from other PLOs in the Intifada-internal fighting among PLO factions.
1991  Persian Gulf War:  USA led coalition to get Saddam Hussein out of Kuwait and he tried to draw Israel into the war and fired 39 Scud missiles into Israel.  Israel din't retaliate, helping coalition this way.  

1994  First suicide bombing in Israel: 8 civilians were killed while on a bus in Central Israel, followed up repeatedly by radical Islamic terrorist factions all over the world.
Israeli patrol near Jenin, Palestinian town from bible days
of En Gannim mentioned in Joshua, or Ginaea in Roman days.  Center of Arab
nationalistic fanaticism in the 1930s.  Part of Jordan from 1948 to 1967, In 1967-
population was 8,346 apart from 5,019 Arab refugees in the vicinity.  
2000-2006 2nd Al Aqsa Intifada  suicide bombings and terrorist attacks started September 29, 2000 and in 5 years left over 1,068 Israelis dead and over 7,000 injured--69% civilians.  About 3,k000 Palestinians were killed in this conflict.  2005 saw Israel withdraw from Gaza.
Black Jew, Druze, Christian and Muslim IDF soldiers

2006-2008  Acts of War against Israel with Hamas and other terrorists attack daily with rockets 6 months after withdrawal from Gaza.  June 2006 saw Gaza terrorists tunnel into Israel, killing 2 soldiers and kidnapping 1.  Hezbollah-helped by Iran and Syria, attacked Israel across the Lebanese border, killed 8 soldiers and kidnapped 2, shooting rockets into civilian towns in northern Israel.  Israel had military operation that lasted 34 days to end it.  
Fatah-Hamas Leaders United into Their Palestine
Women IDF soldiers

2008-2009  Operation Cast Lead-Hamas rocket fire from Gaza reduced
2012  Operation Pillar of Defense-Hamas rocket fire from Gaza stopped
2014  Operation Protective Edge-destruction of Hamas tunnels

And UNESCO says that Israel does not have a presence in Jerusalem?  We have a presence in all of this land going back to Abraham and to Moses who re-entered with 6 million in 1271 BCE.  We've shed blood and tears over this land to bring about a normal  and morally good life that others had had for over 2,000 years.  Evidently their idea of morality did not include the rights of Jews. 
Research:  Israel 101 magazine by StandWithUs, page 42, 12-13.
The New Standard Jewish Encyclopedia 1992 edition/FactsOnFile-New York/Oxford
Letters From Israel by Nadene Goldfoot-amazon.com

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Western Wall in Jerusalem and Denial From UNESCO

Nadene Goldfoot                                                
Solomon's 2nd Temple rebuilt after Babylonian destruction in 586 BCE by the Jewish returnees from Persia with the good graces of Cyrus who  permitted their return and building plans.
UNESCO, a part of the United Nations, standing for United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, has just come out with a denial that the Western Wall in Jerusalem has had anything to do with the Jewish people!

Such denial only shows who they are partial to, and that is the Muslim community that wants to take over Jerusalem, Israel's capital that goes back in history to King David's Israel of  (1010 BCE to 970  BCE).
Undoubtedly, UNESCO must not know that this wall used to be called the Wailing Wall, or that Jews from 1948 onward were prevented from entering and visiting this wall by the Jordanians whose King Abdullah had taken over this part of the promised Jewish Homeland as promised by the UN's prior group,.League of Nations.  We wailed or cried in 70 CE when the Romans burned down our Temple as well as the city and thousands of Jews were starved and slaughtered to death.
Now called the Western Wall or in Hebrew, kotel maarravi, it was once part of the wall that enclosed Herod's Temple.  Herod  (73 BCE to 4 BCE) was appointed as king of Judah by the Roman senate.  Herod was NOT elected by the Jews, but did rule them and was Jewish himself.  He was the son of Antipater, the Idumean and his mother, Cypros,  was a Nabatean.  Idumeans were converted Jews who were from around Mount Seir, a country also called Edom south of the Dead Sea and were also Semitic but descended from Esau and lived by hunting.  They were traditional enemies of the Israelites and had fought against King Saul and were defeated by King David.  So he was looked at askance and not really trusted or liked at all by the population.  It had been John Hyrcanus who had forcibly converted them to Judaism and Herod was a descendant. As for his mother, Nabateans were people of Arab extraction living in Edom in the 6th century BCE and were nomads who learned to develop agriculture in the desert.  They developed a remarkable Arab-Hellenistic culture, especially in their rose-red rock cut city of Petra which is part of Jordan today.  They were subdued by the Romans in 63 BCE.  Evidently Herod did not have a Jewish mother.    Jews stopped converting actively a long time ago, this being one of the reasons why.
His father had been in cahoots with the enemy, the Romans.  His father was very political and had appointed Herod as the governor of Galilee and showed a strong hand by executing dissidents.  The Sanhedrin almost put him to death as he had deserved to be, but he was saved from this with Hyrcanus and Sextus Caesar, governor of Syria  intervening.
Rabbis had brought in a few extras for prayers 
The Temple was the 2nd Temple of Solomon, which had come into ruin with all the battles from Greeks and Romans in the land.  Herod did remodel it as such a building was the way nations showed their power in those days.
Praying  here is serious, deep meditation under prayer shawls
The 5 lower courses, each over 3 feet high, dated from the time of Herod.  The wall continues over 60 feet underground.  At the West end of the Temple was the HOLY OF HOLIES, where only the high priest could enter.  This part of the wall was regarded as sacred ever since Talmud writing days of the 10th century.  Regular services had been held before it.
Mosque of Omar -also called Dome of the Rock: over 2nd Temple site
built by Caliph Abd al-Malik in about 738 to replace the temporary structure set up by
Caliph Omar 100 years earlier.  It is on the traditional site of Mt. Moriah and is in the
center of the Temple area (al-Harim ash-Sherif) in Jerusalem, Israel.

Solomon's Temple was the place where Abraham prepared to sacrifice Issac. It is where Mohammed ascended to heaven on his horse.  It has become a very holy place to Islam and has been for Judaism. since David's days. 
Since 70 CE and the destruction of our Temple and our city of Jerusalem,  the Romans had the audacity to build a Roman temple on the site over our Temple.  Since the Moslem Period from 632, after Mohammad's death, a mosque has stood over the Roman Temple called the Mosque of Omar.  This is how it is now in Jordanian hands, as exemplified by Moshe Dayan in the 1967 War who allowed Muslim worshippers there. Muslims have not reciprocated to us and do not allow Jews to pray near their own 2nd Temple site.If a Jew is seen moving his lips, he is arrested if caught.
1967 IDF finally at Wall
The area in front of the Western Wall is considered as Moslem property, so a serious fight broke out between Jews and Moslems in 1929, a year of  many attacks that were made on the Jewish population due to the instigation of  the Sherif of Jerusalem, a Muslim who wanted to be king.  There was a paragraph in the Israel-Jordan 1949 Armistice Agreement saying there was the Jewish right of access to the wall but still access was not allowed by Jordan.
The result of the 1967 Six Day War with all the attacking nations against Israel was that Israel won, and so won the right to  visit the Wall now under Jewish sovereignty for the 1st time since the 2nd Temple period.  On Shavuot 1967, the 1st day the Wall could be visited by the Jewish public, 200,000 people went there.  Since then it has been a focal point for Jews from all parts of the world.  It's the first place a tourist wants to go to.  We leave prayers in the cracks of the wall.
After 1968, excavations in the area directed by B. Mazar, uncovered many remains dating from Temple times.  So UNESCO voting members, DON'T TELL ME WE JEWS DON'T HAVE A CONNECTION TO THIS WALL!

Update: 6:40pm 10/16/16 So far, USA and Japan are not sending money to UNESCO for denying Western Wall's connection to Jews.  (seen on facebook).

Resource: The New Standard Jewish encyclopedia
UPDATE: 10/19/16  https://unitedwithisrael.org/watch-sukkot-priestly-blessings-at-jerusalems-western-wall/?utm_source=pushengage&utm_medium=push_notification&utm_campaign=pushengage

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Trump's Epiphany?



    Nadene Goldfoot                                                                      
I'm waiting for the debate tonight.  Donald Trump has just been exposed by Hillary Clinton's team as a morally damaged presidential candidate and has Republicans calling for his stepping down immediately.  All along such facts have been coming out as it is: Miss Universe was shamed by him for gaining weight; and private conversations have now been aired, showing how he has acted in the past.  This latest scandal happened at age 59, 11 years ago. 

Actually, men rarely change their youthful attitudes unless they go through an epiphany for some reason or other.  An epiphany is an altering of attitude suddenly.  Something has to happen to turn a person around.  It's happened in religious stories; a change of heart.
Being a new grandfather
can cause an epiphany
   " An epiphany is an experience of sudden and striking realization" . It can be used to describe  "philosophical discoveries, but it can apply in any situation in which an enlightening realization allows a problem or situation to be understood from a new and deeper perspective."
"Epiphanies are relatively rare occurrences and generally follow a process of significant thought about a problem. Often they are triggered by a new and key piece of information, but importantly, a depth of prior knowledge is required to allow the leap of understanding.  Famous epiphanies include Archimedes's discovery of a method to determine the density of an object ("Eureka!") and Isaac Newton's realization that a falling apple and the orbiting moon are both pulled by the same force."

As Giuliani said this morning, Trump has learned after this past year,  and speaking 
 to people has changed and what this means..  He has finally grown up-better late in life than 
never.  (my words.)  
17 caught in a performance for us
Here are 14 left
How did Trump ever trump 16 other well qualified and outstanding men in this Republican 
race in the first place?  He was the one without any political background which was refreshing.
He was the only businessman, living and working with the common man as well as the very rich,
 the entertainment field, but rarely the academic.  At heart, he's a builder.  
Remember Gore's  chutzpah.  This was Bill Clinton's Vice President
in Time Magazine. He dared to branch out of politics and step into science of weather.
I see Trump through the eyes of a teacher.  Like others I have seen, he must have been a very bright
but unmanageable child whose parents probably spoiled him.  This man must have grown up as the 
prince of the household, with the father finally realizing with his own epiphany that his only chance
in life was to go to a private military academy to learn some rules and obey them.  There, this hyper 
young man who did not have the patience to sit down and study found other ways to soak up
 information most likely, as he graduated.  

Trump has been following life  by becoming most successful in his field of real estate.  Building 
after building has  the stamp of Trump on it.  He's had millions and has lost millions only to regain

them.  He has had what I call "chutzpa". " personal confidence or courage that allows someone to do or say things that may seem shocking to others." shameless audacity, 
impudence, cheeky, and having lots of fortitude.  .  The word is sometimes interpreted—particularly in business parlance—as meaning the amount of courage, mettle or ardor that an individual has.  It shows up in his personality of expecting himself to be a winner in everything. 
Personally, I find his past actions  nauseating, as many others do.  Most of us have not been brought up to voice such feelings.  Now he's finding this out with so many turning against him as of this very morning.  
  He is an impressive man;  6'3", and about 236 lbs,   a big man at 70 years of age.  This stature is what usually makes leaders.  They stand out.   He has leadership qualities deep inside him that come out in his body language.  He's a known celebrity.  He received possibly special handling during the TV presentations of what they called, "debates."  They may have called them debates, but to this former high school debate judge, they were no debates, more like 1929 police interrogations.  
Mary Ann Trump, mother of Donald
Why he has been vilifying  and objectifying women  up to the middle age of 59 and even only as late as 1 1/2 years ago,  is shocking, but evidently he has rubbed shoulders with men in locker rooms who like this kind of talk, and it has fed into his ego.  His own mother was absolutely beautiful!  Mothers often are blamed either for faults or successes in sons.  
Mayor of New York during 911-Rudy Giuliani
My hero, former Mayor Giuliani, defended him today by reminding us all what the other choice of Hillary means to us, and to me it means even more.  My concern is that the past 8 years of Obama have been very hard on Israel at a time my 2nd home needs the best from the USA as a partner.                                                                                                          
Obama and Netanyahu
                    Barack Hussein Obama II, 44th USA                      

Obama has it in for Netanyahu, a prime minister democratically chosen by his country as the best man to keep them all safe and combat all the hatred for them we find in the world today. They have had their disagreements because of the direction each wants for Israel, which is very different.  Many also feel this is true about the direction Obama wants for the USA, too.   

 I feel that Clinton will mean another 4 years of Obama with this same attitude if not even worse with her.  Respect and understanding of Israel's position has been lacking.  Jerusalem has been Israel's capital once again since 1967 and the USA is afraid to offend the Palestinians by recognizing something that has been true for the past 49 years.  Trump promised he would do it.   I admired Guiliani so much this morning as he calmly explained the picture of what is happening.  Too bad he wasn't running for president.  I think he would have won.  What a gracious and intelligent man he is!   He held us together during 9/11.  

Election Day is this coming November 8th.  What are Americans like?  Will they accept 
Clinton even though she is not a favorite for the Democrats over Trump, who has also 
turned out to be a flawed person?  What sins are they ready to accept and ready to charge
as guilty?   Will they think about what's best for our country instead?  

Post Debate:  Trump exceeded expectations,  though the polls, carried mostly by leftist politicians, had Hillary winning.  I don't agree.  He was on the attack during the whole debate with facts this time, disappointing her followers by her not saying much of anything through many of the attacks.  Trump pointed out that there is this difference in his gutter locker-room talk and Bill Clinton's and Hillary's  actions, but he did apologize about it.  Trump countered Hillary with having 4 women in the audience who have said they were harmed sexually by Bill, and of course Hillary thought Trump was finished by the turning away of many top Republicans after hearing this last straw of Trump's gutter language use against women.  Trump's followers were very happy with his performance, and Pence is still his Vice President.  He hasn't abandoned Trump.  

We certainly have two stars to pick from, don't we?  What do they have in common?  They both are very very wealthy.  They both have earned their money by means most of us never thought of.  One's a male businessman Republican and the other is a female lawyer Democrat.   
Post Debate comment:  
Nothing is worse than an ignorant president for the USA.  A debate, helped to decide which person we want in this office, is to find out who is the most informed.  Facts are to be checked by each debatee, NOT the moderator.  This is not held to see how brilliant this person is, or to take sides and preferences of the persons debating.  That's up to these 2 parties; Clinton and Trump.  They have to catch each other's bluff and lies.  We have one more to go.  I  hope the next moderators will hold their tongues.  Fact checks later are enough; and even at that, they have to be on their toes to see where each person's facts came from-reliable sources or was it pie in the sky.  Nadene

Resource:  My opinions based on facts.