President Donald Trump spoke about Iran and the Israel-Palestine debate Saturday night during a speech to the Israeli American Council in Florida. He appeared on stage with Sheldon and Miriam Adelson, top donors of his.
Trump claimed that U.S. Jews "have to vote for me, you have no choice."
"You’re not going to vote for Pocahontas, I can tell you that," Trump said, referring to Sen. Elizabeth Warren. "You’re not going to vote for the wealth tax. Let’s take 100 percent of your wealth away. No, no. Even if you don’t like me – and some of you don’t, some of you I don’t like at all actually – and you’re going to be my biggest supporters because you’ll be out of business in about 15 minutes."
"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, you know that," he said, according to Haaretz.
"The Jewish state has never had a better friend in the White House than your president, Donald J. Trump," the president said. "Unlike other politicians, I kept my promises."
The president also praised his son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, saying of an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal that "if Jared Kushner can't do it, it can't be done."
In response to President Trump's remarks before the Israeli American Council’s National Summit yesterday in Florida, Jewish Democratic Council of America Executive Director Halie Soifer said the following:
"The president’s deeply offensive remarks before the Israeli American Council, including his unconscionable repeating of negative stereotypes that have been used historically to target Jews, only reinforce our belief that Donald Trump is the biggest threat to American Jews... We strongly denounce these vile and bigoted remarks in which the president – once again – used anti-Semitic stereotypes to characterize Jews as driven by money and insufficiently loyal to Israel. He even had the audacity to suggest that Jews ‘have no choice’ but to support him, and that we should ‘get people out of [our] country’ in order to increase support of Israel... An overwhelming majority of Jews are both pro-Israel and anti-Trump because of his incendiary rhetoric targeting our community and others, and because his symbolic gestures on Israel have not made America or Israel more secure. American Jews also reject President Trump because he’s emboldened the rise of white nationalism in America, which has directly led to increased hatred and violence targeting Jews.