Israel Holds Back on Trump’s Democrat Jews ‘Disloyalty’ Remark

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Israeli officials on Wednesday offered a muted response to remarks by U.S. President Donald Trump who said American Jews who vote for the Democratic Party were ‘disloyal.’

Referring to Democratic Congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib who, who under pressure from Trump were denied entry to Israel last week, the president told reporters on Tuesday at the Oval Office:

“Where has the Democratic Party gone? Where have they gone where they’re defending these two people over the state of Israel. And I think any Jewish people that vote for a Democrat, I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty.”

Jewish groups in the United States were outraged by Trump’s comment, but the Israeli government, which has particularly close ties with the Trump administration, appeared to hold back.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office declined to comment on Trump’s remarks. Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz, when asked about Trump’s statement, told Reshet Bet Radio:

“We must not intervene in the political disagreements in the United States. We keep good relations with both the Democrats and Republicans and we must continue to do so.

We have supporters and friends in both parties, among the Democrats and Republicans, Jews and non Jews and we embrace them all,” he said.

Trump and Netanyahu have been in lock-step over policies towards Iran and the Palestinians and the Israeli leader has touted their close ties as he heads to a national election on Sept. 17.

TRUMP TARGETS “THE SQUAD”

Trump has for weeks been attacking Tlaib and Omar, along with lawmakers Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ayanna Pressley – all women of color known as “The Squad.” He has accused them of hostility to Israel in a barrage condemned by critics as racist.

While Trump says he is not a racist his comments have drawn widespread criticism, including from Republicans.

Most Democrats disagree with the views of Tlaib and Omar on Israel but Trump’s repeated attacks have rallied support for the two among their party.

The president in turn has tried to paint that support as an endorsement of the two lawmakers’ position and sought to make them the face of the party.

J Street, a liberal Jewish-American lobbying group, said in a statement on Tuesday: “It is dangerous and shameful for President Trump to attack the large majority of the American Jewish community as unintelligent and ‘disloyal.'”

“But it is no surprise that the president’s racist, disingenuous attacks on progressive women of color in Congress have now transitioned into smears against Jews,” J Street said.

U.S. Jewish group, the American Jewish Committee (AJC) said it was outraged by Trump’s comments.

“The president’s comments are shockingly divisive and unbecoming of the occupant of the highest elected office,” said AJC CEO David Harris.

“American Jews – like all Americans – have a range of political views and policy priorities. His assessment of their knowledge or ‘loyalty,’ based on their party preference, is inappropriate, unwelcome, and downright dangerous,” Harris said.

Tlaib and Omar represent districts in states Trump is aiming to win in his 2020 re-election campaign: Michigan, which he narrowly won in 2016, and Minnesota, which he narrowly lost.

(The story was refiled to fix a typo in Ilhan Omar’s name)

(Reporting by Maayan Lubell; Editing by Stephen Farrell and Jon Boyle)

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Trisha Barton
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I agree with the President. I think the Jewish Democrats should really take a look at their party. It’s not what it used to be!!!

Paul
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While his statement may make a way for a serious discussion, this follows his other opinions: white nationalists as “honorable” people, African nations as s++tholes, Mexican immigrants as gun-toting drug-smugglers. C’mon, people! Whether you admire and respect him, or not, start to recognize that this man who is the “leader” of the free world could be having some serious mental or psychological problems that could lead our nation into serious complications with our allies and the rest of the world

General Confusion
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Jason Alsbrook: you have become confused and are indoctrinated with hate and are, therefore, very dangerous.

Friend
Member

I do not profess to understand why Jewish communities vote Democrats in the past and I certainly don’t understand why they vote Democrat now. Under the currently political climate, the Democratic party is led by Anti-Israel anti-Semitic groups. Nancy Pelosi refused to condemn them. California even propose anti-Jewish curriculum in high school. Are they lambs waiting for another holocaust for the slaughter. When will they wake up and look at reality.

William Conley
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William Conley

What’s the difference between Jews who sided with the Nazis and Democratic Jews? Time and location that’s about it.

Friend
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President Trump is absolutely correct, anyone with an ounce of brains has figured out that fact a long time ago…. Jews voting Democrat is counterintuitive to their very existence, it is moronic. It’s as insanely atrocious as a Jewish Nazi!!

Noah_Vaile
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Noah_Vaile

I agree with the President completely and I am Jewish.
I have long wondered how Jews can support a party that has been lurching leftward into the same politics we saw in Germany in the 1930s.
Anti-semitism is rife throughout the demokrat party, it goes unchallenged and fully supported. But then most Jews, I suppose, identify now with leftwing utopian ideas which is all the deokrat party is about anymore anyway.

Joey
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Joey

I would have to agree with the president. My question would be why would any Jew vote democrat when they look at what is going on in Congress. Not one democrat stands up to the squad and their antisemitism. They are not called out for their racism, because that is how I look at their attitudes, the squad is not representing all of their voters. And the squads use of the race card shows not only their racism but also their bigotry.

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