No friend of the Jews, Rex Tillerson…and he’s been fired by President Trump just in time for Pesach.
It’s being said that they differed, even quarreled, mainly over the Iran Nuke Deal… the one where Obama slipped $150 Billion to Iran’s tinhorn pharaohs in order, one way and another, to let them go ahead with a missile program intended to annihilate both Israel and the United States.
Tilllerson, for reasons that somehow made sense to himself and his State Department, wanted it kept pretty much as is. Trump wants it fixed or ditched.
So that difference of opinion is being cited as reason number one for the dismissal. That could be so.
Or perhaps Trump has been smarting over a remark Tillerson made early on…that’s when Tillerson called Trump a “moron.”
After that, it’s doubtful that Trump felt much warmth for the man who had his own view of the world…a view that set them miles apart also about Russia and China and Korea, but mostly about Israel.
That’s the rift, more than all the others, that finished it for Tillerson. Straight to the point, Trump is a friend and Tillerson is an enemy of the Jewish State.
More to the point, there’d have been no Jerusalem Declaration if Tillerson had his say. Trump had to work around him and through the entire State Department to get it done – get it “off the table,” in Trump’s own words, before they all woke up to discover that they’d been out-maneuvered. They never saw it coming.
Trump’s Declaration…officially naming Jerusalem the capital of Israel… was not only the boldest foreign policy move since Nixon opened up China, it was daring enough to be one for the ages, even Biblical. It changed everything in the Middle East. It shook the world. It certainly shook Tillerson and the State Department.
From the start, was Trump aware that Tillerson was just another Arabist – the kind that always seems to inhabit the State Department from the top on down?
Trump came into office – let’s remember – without the usual apparatus. He was no ordinary politician. In fact, he was no politician.
To assemble his team…much of it he had to do on the fly. Only now, now that’s he’s settled in, is he ready to launder the good from the bad.
National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster is likely next to be gone…and he too is no friend of Israel.
Tillerson shared his feelings about the Jewish State last July when his State Department issued its annual Country Reports on Terrorism.
The headline that ran with the story didn’t say it all, but said enough – “State Department blames Israel for terrorism, praises PA.”
The report okays Arab violence as a means to redress ‘frustrations’ and ‘disappointments’ …such as ‘lack of hope in achieving Palestinian statehood.’ The report faults the Jews, yes, Israel, for ‘incitement.’ (Stop laughing.)
People wondered how something like that could have come from the Trump Administration. It did not sound like Trump.
Rather it sounded like Tillerson, who inherited Obama’s swamp, but Tillerson doubled down, said yes, when asked if he okayed the report and if it reflected his feelings.
Good riddance, then, to Rex Tillerson, who put his name to a paper so harsh and so lopsided and clearly, as others have said, anti-Semitic.
Trump could not let that happen again, a determination so at odds with his own views.
Tillerson had to go before he could do any more damage to America’s only true friend in the region.
New York-based bestselling American novelist Jack Engelhard writes regularly for Arutz Sheva.
Just released is his augmented HOLLYWOOD EDITION of “News Anchor Sweetheart.” Engelhard wrote the international book-to-movie bestseller “Indecent Proposal” and the inside-journalism thriller “The Bathsheba Deadline.” He is the recipient of the Ben Hecht Award for Literary Excellence. Website: www.jackengelhard.com