Trump: Some American Jews “Don’t Love Israel Enough”

  • The President listed his actions in favor of Israel, including moving the American embassy and taking on the BDS movement.
  • Some American Jews, Trump said, "don't love Israel enough," which others condemned as antisemitic.
  • Trump also attacked Iran, its quest for nuclear weapons, and its treatment of demonstrators.

Some 4,000 people attended the Diplomat Beach Resort Ballroom on Saturday night at a function of the Israeli American Council. President Trump was invited as the keynote guest speaker at the function. Also at the event was Sheldon Adelson, the billionaire casino giant who introduced President Trump. Adelson is one of the largest donors to the IAC and a supporter of President Trump financially and emotionally.

Trump refrained, in this speech, from supporting any Israeli candidate in its likely forthcoming elections, and did not mention Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by name.

The President listed his actions in favor of Israel, including moving the American embassy to Jerusalem, recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, defending Israel in international forums, and signing the Taylor Force Act into law. The Taylor Force Act is an act of the US Congress to stop American economic aid to the Palestine Authority until they cease paying stipends to terrorists. He also condemned the BDS movement, which calls for boycotting Israel until Israel meets its obligations according to International Law.

The President recently made a statement against the BDS and their claim that Israel’s presence in Judea and Samaria is illegal. The President did not mention anything regarding annexation of parts of the Jordan Valley. He insists that America is interested in a permanent peace agreement between the two states, Palestine and Israel, as its ultimate goal.

The President went on to ask and wonder, given his actions toward Israel, why there weren’t more Republicans within the Jewish community. Some American Jews, Trump said, “don’t love Israel enough.” Some Jewish Democratic organizations said these remarks were offensive. “We strongly denounce these vile and bigoted remarks in which the president once again used anti-Semitic stereotypes to characterize Jews as driven by money and insufficiently loyal to Israel.”

Trump also refrained, in this speech, from supporting any Israeli candidate in its likely forthcoming elections. He did not mention Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by name. He criticized Israel’s sworn enemy, Iran, and said that they should not be allowed to have nuclear weapons. Trump also attacked the regime’s treatment of Iranians demonstrating against their government, even claiming that large numbers have been viciously murdered. “America will always stand with the Iranian people in their struggle for freedom.”

There is no question that the Jewish community in America is divided on its support for Trump, although they claim to be united in their support for Israel. Some Jewish Americans feel that Trump is using Israel as a personal political survival mechanism to keep the Christian right with him. The Jewish people are divided anyway, even without the controversy created by President Trump.

Likud party members show their support for President Trump.

In the Jewish world, there are various factions: Zionist Jews; liberal Jews more interested in freedom; reformed Jews, who are less concerned about assimilation; and Orthodox Jews, who consider freedom of less importance than national religious support for the Jewish nation. The controversy over President Trump is a global conflict between the old and new, theocracy and democracy. The majority of Jews have become more supportive of democracy as a goal, than being Jewish or Israeli.

Trump represents conservative democratic nationalism. There are also liberal democratic nationalists in the world. They differ on many issues, but all agree that democracy is here to stay, and the only way to bring the world to its ultimate goal, which is peace.

Opposing democracy is Iran, who have changed over to become an Islamic military state. Israel, a friend of America and a democracy, is united with America in the Middle East, which is the slowest in the world to change over from theocracy to democracy. Trump is for Israel as long as it remains a democracy.  America is for democracy, but America has entered into socialist influence, led by those who are the most fervent enemies of Donald Trump, even to the extent of impeachment.

Israel is almost completely behind Trump. However, there are Orthodox Jews who are still waiting for the Messiah to return the country to a theocracy. They appreciate Trump and his efforts, but ideologically, they are against America and the State of Israel.

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David Wexelman

Author of 5 books on the internet on topics of Jewish mysticism, managing two websites.

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