MembersWhat Tipped the Scales?

Once again Israel is in the middle of global events, and this time it has to do with the unlikely election of Donald Trump to the presidency the US and leader of the free world.

By Israel Today Staff |
Netanyahu and Trump
OLD FRIENDS Netanyahu and Trump meet at Trump Tower in New York in 2016 Photo: Kobi Gideon/GPO

As data still trickles in, it is becoming more evident that a strong showing of American evangelicals (estimates say over 80 percent) voting for the Republican candidate tipped the scales in favor of Trump. So what convinced so many evangelicals to vote for a candidate whose behavior and comments were, let’s say, problematic?

Experts say that it was Trump’s strong support of Israel that tipped the evangelical vote to his advantage. This was an ingenious move as Israel is one of only a few issues that inspire American Christians at the polls. During the campaign, Republicans opened headquarters in Israel for just this purpose. They wanted to send a clear message to American Christians: If you love Israel, Trump’s your man.

“Trump’s election campaign in Israel was specifically tailored for the Christian voters in the US,” explained Israeli journalist Udi Segal on Channel 2 TV. “Trump’s advisors understood that Israelis and Jews who sided with Donald Trump would...

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