Dr. Miriam Adelson, wife of GOP mega-donor Sheldon Adelson, wrote an op-ed for a newspaper she and her husband own together in which she said President Donald Trump deserves most credit among any other leader for securing a strong relationship between the U.S. and Israel.
“In nuptial terms, our countries celebrated their ‘golden anniversary’ more than 20 years ago,” Adelson wrote this past weekend in the opinion pages of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “We are now at platinum — a miracle of preciousness, radiance, and endurance. And the man who most deserves credit for this is President Donald J. Trump.”
Adelson cited many reasons why she credited Trump with improving relations with Israel, including formally recognizing Jerusalem as the nation’s capital, and declaring the Golan Heights to be Israeli territory, in his view. The withdrawal by the U.S. from a nuclear agreement with Iran was also brought up by Adelson as to why Trump was the best president for Israel.
"Would it be too much to pray for a day when the Bible gets a 'Book of Trump,' much like it has a 'Book of Esther' celebrating the deliverance of the Jews from ancient Persia?" Miriam Adelson writes an op-ed in the paper she and her husband own: https://t.co/yh1bRTIZ3X
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But Adelson was curious as to why more Jewish Americans like herself didn’t back Trump up.
“By rights, Trump should enjoy sweeping support among U.S. Jews, just as he does among Israelis. That this has not been the case (so far — the 2020 election still beckons) is an oddity that will long be pondered by historians,” she wrote.
“Scholars of the Bible will no doubt note the heroes, sages and prophets of antiquity who were similarly spurned by the very people they came to raise up,” Adelson added. She also wrote that the Bible itself may one day require a new addition to it — one in which Trump is the central character.
“Would it be too much to pray for a day when the Bible gets a ‘Book of Trump,’ much like it has a ‘Book of Esther’ celebrating the deliverance of the Jews from ancient Persia?” Adelson asked.
Most Jewish Americans don’t share Adelson’s views, and give Trump bad marks overall. Only 23 percent of Jewish Americans support Trump, according to polling from the Jewish Electorate Institute, while 71 percent disapproved of his job performance, the Washington Post reported in May. Sixty-seven percent of Jewish Americans said they’d vote for a generic Democrat in the upcoming presidential race in 2020.
Why don’t Jewish Americans support Trump? the JEI asked many questions that provided insights, including finding that 73 percent feel less safe under his leadership. Seventy-one percent also believe he hasn’t addressed anti-Semitism in the country in an adequate way, and 60 percent believe his rhetoric helped inspire violence at synagogues across the country.