"If this is about Israel, then Trump is repeating a dual-loyalty claim, which is a form of antisemitism", Jewish Democratic Council of America executive director Halie Soifer correctly observed. Ilhan Omar (D-Minnesota) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Michigan), whom Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu barred from entering Israel.
President Trump took issue with continued American Jewish support for the Democrats after Tlaib and Omar gave a press conference libeling Israel in furtherance of their anti-Jewish, BDS agenda. Those who have worked full-time in this area have faced much harsher and, at times, far more unsafe accusations of disloyalty.
Rabbi Marvin Hier, founding father of the Simon Wiesenthal Middle, and Rabbi Abraham Cooper, affiliate dean of the middle, condemned Trump's remarks on Wednesday, saying that bipartisan assist is "absolutely essential to the future well being and security of the Jewish State". "President Trump is the greatest President for Jews and for Israel in the history of the world, not just America, he is the best President for Israel in the history of the world.and the Jewish people in Israel love him".
Zionist Organization of America president Mort Klein told i24 News on Wednesday, "I'm anxious that we're not having the strong support in the Democratic Party for Israel that used to be there five years and 10 years ago, and this is of great concern".
The "squad" is really bad on Israel and anti-Semitism - shamefully so.
It ignited after Trump said on Tuesday that any Jewish person who votes for a Democrat is guilty of ignorance or "great disloyalty", the New York Times reported. "And only weak people would say anything other than that".
Please hang on to this feeling because you've been saying them to me and to others in the anti-occupation movement for decades.
Trump's tweets cited Wayne Allyn Root, who described himself in a 2016 Townhall column as a "Jew turned evangelical Christian" and has promoted several conspiracy theories in the past, including that President Barack Obama was not born in the United States and that Obama is gay. Omar, accused by Democrats and Republicans of repeating anti-Semitic tropes, later apologized.
Moreover, it is telling that the same people insisting that Trump's statement was anti-Semitic are giving a pass to the Democrats for refusing to take any action to rein in their Jew hating members. "Literally, his son-in-law, his daughter, his grandchildren are Jewish, and as I mentioned earlier, all of those policy victories", he added.
Trump was speaking to reporters about two Democratic congresswomen, Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rep. Rashida Tlaib of MI, whose trip to Israel was canceled over their efforts to boycott the country. "Where have they gone where they are defending these two people over the state of Israel?" He has not apologized for his comments nor acknowledged the threats they could pose.
"Fortunately, we in the United States have a constructive role to play", Omar said.
I came back from a visit to the US two weeks ago. This kind of public interfaith dialogue about Israel between left-wing Muslims and Jews in the U.S. offers hope for any future for peacemaking between Israelis and Palestinians - as tragically impossible as that effort seems today.
It is unclear whether Donald Trump, by the end of his term in office, will be remembered as Israel's greatest friend to ever sit in the White House, but until now, he could clearly have been called Israel's most embarrassing friend.