Hadash MKs Welcome Trump’s Defeat as a “Victory over Fascism”

Chairman of the Joint List MK Ayman Odeh (Hadash) welcomed on Saturday night, November 7, the electoral defeat of US President Donald Trump, saying “Trump’s loss is an important step in the struggle against far-right populism that has taken control in Hungary, Brazil, India and Israel,” but “we still have a long way to go until we reach our final goal; the struggle for justice and equality around the world will continue.” “Like in Israel, the problem is not just a specific leader. The solution to the international despotic wave is in offering a future of true democracy rather than nostalgia for a past that was never just,” Odeh said,

According to Hadash MK Aida Touma-Sliman (Joint List), “Trump’s defeat is a victory over fascism. Now is the time to get rid of the Trump-Netanyahu legacy, namely ‘The Deal of the Century,’ and to bring the struggle against the occupation to the forefront. These were four bad years, but it is not too late to change the future.” Touma-Sliman also congratulated “a growing and impressive group of left-wing allies in Washington, committed to fighting with us against the occupation and for a just peace,” among them New York’s Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Michigan’s Rashida Tlaib, Minnesota’s Ilhan Omar and Massachusetts’s Ayanna Pressley.

Joint List MK Ofer Cassif (Hadash) went further saying, “Trump has long been proving that he is a danger to his people and to the entire world.” Cassif called Trump’s personality disgusting and his worldview nationalist, fundamentalist, sexist and racist. “Zealousness is a contagious disease and this great darkness stands before us here as well,” Cassif said.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara meet then Vice President of the United States Joe Biden (center) in Jerusalem, March 9, 2010. (Photo: GPO)

Far-right Likud party officials are fretting over the victory of Democratic US presidential candidate Joe Biden, inasmuch as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has developed a particularly close relationship with the Republican incumbent Trump. Speaking to Zman Israel website on Thursday, November 5, Likud official warned that a loss for Trump could affect Netanyahu badly, as well as make Washington more wary of clashing with United Nations institutions on Israel’s behalf. “Now they will tell Netanyahu: Your friend is gone, against all odds, so you will go too,” a senior Likud official said, referring to the premier’s opponents. “Now they will talk about how Netanyahu severed ties with the Democrats, what price we will all pay and how he — who knows America better than anyone — gambled on the wrong horse,” the Likud official said, speaking anonymously.

Settlement Minister Tzachi Hanegbi warned on Wednesday night, “Biden has said openly for a long time that he will go back to the nuclear agreement [with Iran]… “I see that as something that will lead to a confrontation between Israel and Iran.” The minister told Channel 13 News that Netanyahu said the Iran Deal signed by the Obama administration in 2015 – known formally as The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action – as “mistaken – and that’s an understatement.” Hanegbi speculated, “If Biden stays with that policy, there will, in the end, be a violent confrontation between Israel and Iran.”