President Trump told the Israeli-American Council (IAC) National Summit last weekend that some American Jews “don’t love Israel enough,” and many of the Jews he was referring to immediately accused him of “anti-Semitism,” mainly through the social network Twitter.
This irreligious, amoral gentile is telling Jewish people that they don't love Israel enough. https://t.co/xvs8H9SgIT
— David Atkins (@DavidOAtkins) December 8, 2019
“We have to get the people of our country, of this country, to love Israel more … because you have people that are Jewish people, that are great people—they don’t love Israel enough,” President Trump said.
However, President Trump’s words that aroused the anger of many Jews are actually an ” awkward truth,” according to Rabbi Yaakov Menken in a column written for the Daily Wire.
According to a survey by the American Jewish Committee earlier this year, nearly 60% of American Jews consider being Jewish more a matter of ethnicity and culture than religion.
While the vast majority agree that Jews in the United States are less secure than they were a year ago, that college campuses have become increasingly hostile toward Israel, and even that “a thriving state of Israel is vital for the long-term future of the Jewish people”—nonetheless, less than 40% strongly agree that “caring about Israel is a very important part of my being a Jew.”
Similarly, he asserts that there is a tendency to talk about Jewish “disloyalty,” and that has always and exclusively referred to Jews placing Jewish interests ahead of their host countries and its other citizens.
For example, when Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) insinuates that Jews are buying up congressional colleagues to support Israel.
However, President Trump did not allude to this kind of disloyalty that most genuine anti-Semites do. He was referring to the feeling toward Israel, of recognizing their roots in their home country.
President Trump moved the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, sent Nikki Haley to confront anti-Semitism at the United Nations, and recognized Jewish rights in Jerusalem, in the Golan Heights and in Judea itself, yet now they call him anti-Semitic.
They also criticized him for saying that not all Jews are his friends and that there are some of them who are not good people.
“A lot of you are in the real estate business because I know you very well. (…) Not nice people at all. But you have to vote for me; you have no choice. You’re not going to vote for Pocahontas, I can tell you that. (Laughter and applause.) You’re not going to vote for the wealth tax (…) Even if you don’t like me; some of you don’t. Some of you I don’t like at all, actually.”
Various Jewish or Zionist figures, not only in the construction sector but also in the world of entertainment and the media, have widely criticized President Trump and most of them are related to the Democratic Party.
“After eight long years in which our alliance was undermined and neglected, I am happy to report that the United States-Israeli relationship is stronger now than ever before,” the president said.
He added that the United States and Israel are intertwined by history, heritage and hearts. “We share a love of freedom, democracy, religious liberty, the rule of law, and national sovereignty.”
The president remarked that throughout history, anti-Semitism has brought incalculable pain and destruction.
He also noted that recently, the European Court of Justice has tried to discriminate against products manufactured in Israeli settlements, advancing the anti-Israeli movement’s agenda of boycott, divestment and sanctions, or commonly known as BDS.
In early July, Omar proposed a resolution supporting the right to boycott Israel, after comparing the Jewish state with the boycotts that the United States once made to Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union.
According to Fox News, Omar’s action is co-sponsored by Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) the first Palestinian-American lawmaker in Congress to openly support a one-State solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
President Trump has claimed that Omar “hates Jews” and has a history of “launching vicious anti-Semitic screeds.”