Former President Donald Trump drew criticism on Sunday for posting that US Jews “have to get their act together.”
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Trump on Sunday wrote that US Jews “have to get their act together” on matters relating to Israel.
Jewish organizations and key figures such as the ADL and AJC blasted Trump’s remarks that same day.
“Support for the Jewish state never gives one license to lecture American Jews,” the AJC tweeted.
Former President Donald Trump was slammed by Jewish organizations and commentators on Sunday for a social media post in which he said American Jews “have to get their act together.”
“No President has done more for Israel than I have. Somewhat surprisingly, however, our wonderful Evangelicals are far more appreciative of this than the people of the Jewish faith, especially those living in the US,” Trump wrote on Truth Social on Sunday.
“US Jews have to get their act together and appreciate what they have in Israel — Before it is too late!” he added.
Jonathan Greenblatt, the CEO and national director of the Anti-Defamation League, blasted the post in a tweet, calling it “insulting and disgusting.”
“We don’t need the former president, who curries favor with extremists and antisemites, to lecture us about the US-Israel relationship,” wrote Greenblatt, who is Jewish.
—Jonathan Greenblatt (@JGreenblattADL) October 16, 2022
The American Jewish Committee also criticized Trump’s post. “Support for the Jewish state never gives one license to lecture American Jews, nor does it ever give the right to draw baseless judgments about the ties between US Jews and Israel,” the organization tweeted.
—American Jewish Committee (@AJCGlobal) October 16, 2022
Alexander Vindman, a former National Security Council member and retired US Army lieutenant colonel, accused Trump of “executing the fascist playbook to turn his mob on Jews.”
A Jewish refugee from Ukraine, Vindman immigrated to the US at the age of 3. He was a key witness in the 2019 impeachment inquiry into Trump surrounding the former president’s dealings with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
—Alexander S. Vindman (@AVindman) October 16, 2022
Trump was supportive of Israel while in office, moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in 2017, recognizing the city as the capital of Israel.
In 2021, he controversially accused Jewish people in the US of caring less about Israel than evangelical Christians, saying that American Jews “either don’t like Israel or don’t care about Israel.” Those remarks were also criticized by the American Jewish Committee, which called the comments antisemitic.
“His past support for Israel doesn’t give him license to traffic in radioactive antisemitic tropes — or peddle unfounded conclusions about the unbreakable ties that bind American Jews to Israel. Enough!” the organization tweeted that year.
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