Donald Trump is once again being widely criticized for displaying “classic Antisemitism” in a newly aired interview with Israeli journalist Barak Ravid where he says that “the Jewish people in the United States either don’t like Israel or don’t care about Israel.”
He also said that the state of Israel once had “absolute power” over the US Congress but no longer does because of former President Barack Obama and President Joe Biden. “There’s [sic] people in this country that are Jewish no longer love Israel,” Trump said. “I’ll tell you, the evangelical Christians love Israel more than the Jews in this country.” (Evangelical Christian support for the Jewish state originates from passages in the New Testament that say Jews returning to what is now Israel is a precondition for the end of the world)
Trump’s comments were played on a new episode of the podcast Unholy: Two Jews on the news, which was posted online Friday. Trump’s Antisemitic remarks come from the same interview with Ravid where he dismissed former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with a “f–k him” for congratulating Joe Biden on winning the 2020 Presidential election.
Trump: "evangelical Christians love Israel more than the Jews" in the US
"it used to be that Israel had absolute power over Congress"
"the Jewish people…in the US either don't like Israel or don't care about Israel"
"they're Jewish people that run the NYT" https://t.co/oKkiyfLYxz
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) December 17, 2021
Ravid spoke at length with Trump during an interview for his recently released book, “Trump’s Peace”, which includes those Antisemitic comments and others. He also laments that Obama and Biden got “a lot of votes from Jewish people”, and said Jewish-Americans’ voting pattern “tells you that … the Jewish people in the United States, either don’t like Israel or don’t care about Israel”. Trump also pushed the Antisemitic trope that Jews are in control of the media.
Donald Trump to @BarakRavid:
"I mean if you look at the New York Times, the New York Times hates Israel, hates them. And they´re Jewish people that run The New York Times."pic.twitter.com/caknNsibwh
— Morten Øverbye (@morten) December 17, 2021
Trump has frequently suggested that Americans who are Jewish should be “loyal” to Israel, which is also consistent with the antisemitic trope which holds that Jews are inherently disloyal to the countries in which they reside. In 2019, then-President Trump said that American Jews who voted for Democrats were “being very disloyal to Jewish people” and “very disloyal to Israel”.
TRUMP: "In my opinion, if you vote for a Democrat, you are being very disloyal to Jewish people and you are being very disloyal to Israel. And only weak people would say anything other than that." pic.twitter.com/SuIKJ2ZmGn
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 21, 2019
In a statement to The Independent, a spokesperson for the Anti-Defamation League said it was “disturbing” that Trump had “once again … linked his lack of strong support among most US Jews to their feelings about Israel and used classic antisemitic stereotypes about Israeli and Jewish control of Congress and the press to bolster his argument”.
Israel’s Basic Laws define that country as the nation-state of the Jewish people. Every Jew in the world had the right under Israel’s law to emigrate there and become a citizen.