Giuliani: Israel should wait w/MOU for next POTUS

Former Mayor of New York Rudolph Giuliani offered the Israeli government some unsolicited advice during a trip to Israel: wait for the next U.S. administration to sign a new 10-year “memorandum of understanding” (MOU).

“I’d wait for the next president,” Giuliani said during an interview with journalist Sharon Kidon on Israel’s Reshet TV on Sunday. “You’re going to do better with the next president. Any president would be better than Obama.”

According to Giuliani, Hillary Clinton “would not be particularly good for Israel” because “she would cave in to the left wing of her party” and “keep her administration very much to the left” to prevent a progressive challenger like Senator Elizabeth Warren from running against her in a 2020 Democratic primary. Nonetheless, the former Republican presidential candidate and supporter of Donald Trump suggested, Clinton will be “better than the worst president for Israel, who is Barack Obama.”

“And Trump will be a lot better for Israel,” Giuliani added.

Current negotiations over the the long-term security aid package have been ongoing since November 2015.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu indicated on Thursday that the talks near conclusion.

“I hope that we’ll conclude a new memorandum of understanding for the invaluable American support for Israel’s defenses for the next decade,” Netanyahu said in remarks at the U.S. Embassy’s 4th of July annual reception in Tel Aviv. Adding, “I’m deeply grateful for the political and military support America has given Israel over the years.”

President Reuven Rivlin, who also spoke at the event, expressed hope for a quick end to the negotiations over the military aid agreement. “I want to thank the American people — on both sides of the aisle — for years of financial, diplomatic, and military support, and for helping us carry the burden of defense,” he said. “Looking to the future, I hope that an agreement on this important issue will be reached as soon as possible.”

On Friday, National Security Adviser Susan Rice sent a joint letter to Congress with the director of the Office of Management and Budget, Shaun Donovan, updating lawmakers on the MOU talks, according to 

HEALTH CARE DECISION — Jews React: Bikur Cholim Jewish Healthcare Foundation President

Rabbi Hershy Ten, president of Bikur Cholim Jewish Healthcare Foundation in Los Angeles, never thought the health care system needed much reform.

“Thank God, the United States has always been a destination for people from all over the world to come here to receive the best possible care. Our system of health care has always been a leader innovation, in safety, in creating proven therapies that have gone from the lab to patients’ bedsides,” he said. “So I never thought that our health care system required reform. But I do believe the insurance industry requires reform.”

Bikur Cholim offers health education to the Jewish community and support services to those facing illness, including helping them find physicians and navigating insurance.

Ten isn’t convinced that the Affordable Care Act will get more people better health care.

“The administration has always been motivated to see that more Americans are insured, and I believe Obamacare is an end to that means,” he said. “But, the fact that more Americans will be insured does not guarantee that more Americans will have access to health care.”

Most medical providers don’t accept public benefits, Ten said. He said for people on

Medicaid, finding a doctor is two-fold challenge. Very few providers accept Medicaid, and there is no comprehensive list of those that do. And he said almost no specialists or surgeons accept Medicaid. Many doctors don’t even accept some nationally known private insurers, because the reimbursements are not worth their time.

“Insurance does not allow for equal access, and my concern now is whether our already overburdened health care system will collapse under this new law,” Ten said.

Ten concedes that opening up insurance to those with pre-existing conditions, and other provisions in the health care law, will help those who can afford private insurance.

Ten said he would remain vigilant as implementation rolls out.

“I think for those of us dedicated to making sure people get quality health care, time will tell, he said. “ We need to stay focused on how things, at the end of the day, affect the people that need care.”