What is Trumponomics, and how would it affect Israel?
WHOM WILL Americans choose as their president on November 8? Arguably America’s choice for president is as important for the people of Israel as their own prime minister.
He or she will impact Israel’s foreign policy, economy, defense and even internal politics.
Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton’s policies and platform are more or less transparent.
She has been highly visible for some 24 years, serving as US senator, secretary of state and an active first lady, beginning with Bill Clinton’s election in 1992. She first visited Israel 35 years ago and has been back many times since.
In contrast, the Republican candidate Donald J. Trump, host of the popular reality show “The Apprentice” for 11 years, is rather opaque. As a BBC commentator noted, when Trump announced he was running for president on June 16, 2015, he was widely mocked by pundits. They are laughing no longer.
Though Trump trails Clinton in the polls, political analyst Nate Silver, who correctly predicted the results of the 2012 presidential election in all 50 states, gives him a 38 percent chance to win. And there are still three months left until the election.
Trump regularly foregoes teleprompters and written speeches, preferring to improvise.
This makes it hard to nail down what he believes and will implement. But it is possible to piece together a fairly coherent picture of Trumponomics – the Trump view of business and economics.