August 22, 2019

Israel Doesn't Need a Friend Like Trump

“I had not expected that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would comment to US President Donald Trump on his inserting Israel’s name into his tweets, this time, to disparage Democratic congresswomen whom he accused July 14 of attacking Israel. Netanyahu has tied his political fortune to Trump. As he did not criticize Trump for his statement on protesters in Charlottesville two years ago — “You had some very bad people in that group, but you also had people that were very fine people, on both sides” — Netanyahu would not consider, after all the gestures Trump granted him, demanding that Trump not include Israel’s name in the political fray between Republicans and Democrats in America.

American Jewish organizations, foremost among them the Anti-Defamation League, did well in roundly condemning the president’s tweets and made sure to note that the president incorrectly ascribed hatred of Israel to all of the four congresswomen he tweeted about: Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Presley.

In his attacks on them, Trump even crossed his own lines. According to him, the congresswomen came from countries whose governments are a total disaster, corrupt and incapable of running a country, and suggested they return to the countries they came from, and instead of criticizing what’s happening in the United States, fight corruption and fix the bad situation in their homelands. He did not even notice the simple fact that three out of these four women were born in the United States.”

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