|Obama in Sderot, AP|
The Israel visit has been a rite of passage in the campaign for quite a few years or even decades. The usual formula/itinerary includes a pledge to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's Capital City and move the American Embassy to there. But we all know that it's a lie, a joke, just something they say to get applause and votes.
Mike Huckabee has already been here. Actually, he one-upped the usual pro-Israel line by having headline grabbing fundraiser in Shiloh.
“I would happily go to Shiloh anytime,” he said. “I think it is very important that as Americans we show support for Israelis in their capacity to build their neighborhoods in their own country.”
Huckabee, who stressed he did not view Judea and Samaria as occupied territory, said Israel – with a 3,500-year historic tie to Shiloh – has a much stronger link there than Americans have to Manhattan, a connection dating back only four centuries. (Jerusalem Post)
Actually, Huckabee, unlike most other presidential hopefuls actually has a consistent record of being pro-Israel and Israeli rights in the Land of Israel.
From my observations, here in Shiloh, Jews and Israel will have a smaller role in and value in the 2016 presidential election campaign than for decades. As I've written before, there's an internal revolution going on in the United States. And if the American public was more knowledgeable they'd be campaigning for the immediate abolishment of the Electoral College so that the USA President would be elected by popular vote and not the convoluted way he/she is now, which can create a situation in which the winner received fewer actual votes of the citizens than the loser.
But we shouldn't forget about tradition, so no doubt campaign managers are reserving suites and rooms in Israel's fanciest hotels for the presidential hopefuls and their staffs. I wonder if any other wannabe will put Shiloh on his/her itinerary.