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Jerusalem • 1/30/2019

All but the most tuned-out Americans (a growing throng I suspect) surely know that Vice President Mike Pence--a committed Christian and probably Donald Trumpís best political pick in my opinion--would become Commander In Chief if Trump could not continue in office for any reason. Indeed, twice in my lifetime, Vice Presidents have suddenly been forced to step up---Lyndon Johnson after John Kennedyís tragic assassination in Dallas in 1963 (when I was a young boy), and Gerald Ford, when Richard Nixon resigned in disgrace when I was a young man in 1974. So it obviously can happen without much, if any, notice. ..........HOWEVER IíM SURE few Americans realize that Iowa Republican Senator Chuck Grassley is currently third in line to be sworn in for the nationís Highest Job. Thatís because the soft spoken Senator, who presided over last yearís disgraceful Kavanaugh Supreme Court hearings, is President Pro Tempore of the Senate. In fact, all 14 people who are constitutionally in line to become President after Mike Pence --except for one--are also Republicans, including two female cabinet ministers and one African American (Ben Carson). ........I WILL ADMIT that Donald Trump was hardly my first, or even fifth or tenth, choice to become the Republican party nominee in 2016. I liked Marco Rubio, Lindsey Graham, Ted Cruz, Ben Carson, and indeed all of the other multiple candidates better than the former reality television star (former??) with the red face and funny hair. In fact, having lived in Israel since 1980, I only really knew that he was a New York-born, twice divorced, billionaire building mogul and former Democrat who really liked pretty women. I had only caught a couple episodes of his NBC reality show---definitely not my cup of tea. ...........STILL I APPRECIATE most of Trumpís policy positions and government and Supreme Court choices, along with his bold US Embassy move from Tel Aviv to my beloved Jerusalem. And like many Americans, I was disturbed to see Roger Stone, the Presidentís longtime gadfly friend with a Nixon facial tattoo on his back (!!!) arrested last week before dawn in excessive military fashion, like he was El Chapo! Stone later said he was the victim of the ďSpecial ProsecutorĒ who was out to topple both Trump and Pence and replace them with Nancy Pelosi (one of my friends calls her Nancy Pastrami), the next in line to become Commander in Chief if something happens to the President and Vice President. .......ALTHOUGH IT SEEMS a remote prospect at present, itís certainly not unthinkable that a plot could be afoot to bring in the first, although temporary, female President by means other than the ballot box (the first electoral attempt obviously failed, to the enduring shock and chagrin of angry Democrats everywhere). With the world seemingly rushing toward a new global conflict, and the Man of Sin probably on the way, anything is certainly possible.

DAVID DOLAN is an author and journalist who lived and worked in Israel for over three decades, beginning in 1980.

  • HOLY WAR FOR THE PROMISED LAND (Broadman & Holman), his latest book, is an overview of the history of the Israel and of the bitter Arab-Israeli conflict that rages there, plus some autobiographical details about the authorís experiences living in the land since 1980. It especially examines the important role that militant Islam plays in the conflict.
  • ISRAEL IN CRISIS: WHAT LIES AHEAD? (Baker/Revell), which examines the political and biblical prospects for a regional attack upon Israel,†settlement in the disputed territories,†and related topics, is also available for purchase, along with an updated edition of his popular end-time novel,†THE END OF DAYS†(21st Century Press).

You may order these books at a special discount price by visiting his web site at, or by phoning toll free 888-890-6938 in North America, or by e mail at:

DOLAN'S NEW DVD, "FOR ZION'S SAKE" is now available for purchase.† Click the title under "BOOKSTORE"†for more details.

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