Trump fans rally

JERUSALEM – On a rooftop overlooking the walls of Jerusalem’s Old City, around 200 American-Israeli fans of Donald Trump gathered to proclaim their support for the Republican candidate, convinced he will be Israel’s best friend if elected.

Wearing “Make America Great Again” baseball caps, the small crowd, ranging from Holocaust survivors in their 80s to grinning teenagers in Trump T-shirts, said they didn’t care about the sexual assault allegations against the candidate or the online anti-Semitism of some of his supporters.

“Mr Trump will let Israel be itself and make its own decisions, that’s what I like,” David Weissman, a 35-year-old from Queens, New York, who moved to Israel three years ago, said at the event.

“He’s not a saint, but look at his achievements. He’s not afraid to identify the enemy as radical Islam, and he’s not going to support the two-state solution,” he said, referring to long-standing efforts to forge peace with the Palestinians.

Mr Trump said the women who accused him of sexual misconduct fabricated their stories to damage his campaign. Others at the rally said they liked the fact that Mr Trump was promising to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, officially recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, and would not berate Israel for building Jewish settlements in occupied territory.

“It’s very important that he becomes president,” said Connie Gordner, 82, who moved to Israel from Jacksonville, Florida, 21 years ago.

“If Hillary Clinton becomes president, we’re dead.”

The rally was organised by Republicans Overseas Israel, which estimates that there are 300,000 US citizens living in Israel or in Jewish settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, which the Palestinians seek for their own

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