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Donald Trump

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Donald Trump’s controversial views on foreign affairs have been in the spotlight as the presidential race heats up. During an MSNBC national security forum featuring both Trump and Hillary Clinton, the real estate mogul praised Vladimir Putin as a better leader than Barack Obama, said that he has “secret plan” to take on ISIS, and doubled down on his misleading claim that he did not support the Iraq War. His candidacy has divided a key GOP foreign policy constituency, neoconservatives.

 

 

Irving Moskowitz

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When Irving Moskowitz passed away in June 2016, the Times of Israel highlighted his settler work: “The Moskowitz Foundation he founded in 1968 along with his wife, Cherna, was a major supporter of El’ad and Ateret Cohanim, two organizations involved in moving Jews to live in predominantly Arab neighborhoods of East Jerusalem. … In 2008, the Moskowitzes established the Moskowitz Prize for Zionism, whose winners included Moshe Levinger, an early settler in Hebron after the 1967 Six Day War who later was jailed in Israel for violence against Arabs.”

Eric Cantor

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Since being ousted in a surprise primary upset by a Tea Party challenger in 2014, former Rep. Eric Cantor—a key “pro-Israel” voice in the House—has worked for an investment bank and commented regularly on U.S. politics. Although sharply critical of Donald Trump’s immigration views Cantor has said that we will vote for Trump.

 

 

James Woolsey

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Unlike other neoconservative activists who staunchly oppose Donald Trump, former CIA director James Woolsey has decided to join forces with the real estate mogul. A national security adviser to the Trump campaign, Woolsey claims that Trump knows what he’s doing with Putin and will reverse “harmful defense budget cuts.”

 

 

 

Mark Kirk

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Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL), a vociferous Iran hawk who called the Iran nuclear deal the “greatest appeasement since Chamberlain,” is among a host of GOP senators who oppose Donald Trump’s presidential ambitions, arguing that he is “too bigoted and too racist” to be president. Kirk has also recently backtracked on his previous support for linking Iran talks with the release of Americans held in that country. s to Iran.”

 

 

 

 

Jim Talent

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A one-time foreign policy adviser to Sen. Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign, former Sen. Jim Talent has been critical of Donald Trump, expressing particular concern over whether Trump would be sufficiently pro-Israel. However, Talent’s name has also been floated as a possible secretary of defense in a Trump administration.  Talent is known as a stalwart advocate of Pentagon spending and defender of the decision to invade Iraq.

 

Andrew C. McCarthy

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Andrew McCarthy is a former federal prosecutor who is known for his extreme anti-Islamic views and wild conspiracy theories, like accusing President Obama of being a “bridge figure between the Left and the Islamists.” A former adviser to the Ted Cruz campaign, McCarthy says that Donald Trump “is uninformed on many topics, ill-informed on others, untrustworthy, and pathologically vindictive.” Although he doesn’t want Trump to win, he is also “certain” that he wants Hillary Clinton to lose.

 

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From the Wires

The Israeli prime minister’s tells imaginary tales at the UN about meetings with Palestinians.


The unrelenting urge among American politicians to keep punishing Iran continues to work against sensible statecraft and U.S. interests.


The new U.S. aid deal for Israel is the largest military aid package to any country in the history of U.S. security assistance, providing Israel $38 billion over ten years starting in 2019.


Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL), a hardline Iran hawk who consistently opposes diplomatic efforts to constrain Iran’s nuclear program, had a change of heart when it came to seeking the release of Americans held in Iran.


Within days of the 9/11 attacks, the Bush administration announced a “war on terror,” which included launching an air war in numerous hotspots across the globe. Almost 15 years have passed and that air war is still ongoing.


In a recent speech Hillary Clinton made American exceptionalism a major theme. She chose that theme in part because it would enable her to criticize Donald Trump, who has said he doesn’t like the term.


The United States needs to undertake the same type of investigation that condemned former Prime Minister Tony Blair’s decision-making during the lead up to the Iraq War.


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