The 45th President of the United States and the leading candidate in the Republican presidential race for 2024, Donald Trump, posted a Jewish New Year greeting on his social network Sunday night. However, the true intent behind his message remains ambiguous. Was he cautioning the Jewish American public, or was he simply highlighting his accomplishments and support for Israel during his tenure?
Accompanying a list titled "Wake up, America! What Nazi/anti-Semite ever did this for the Jewish people or Israel?"—which cataloged his actions, such as relocating the embassy to Jerusalem and recognizing Israel's sovereignty in the West Bank settlements and Golan Heights—Trump penned the following message: "Just a brief reminder for the liberal Jews who voted for the destruction of America and Israel because they believed in a false narrative. Let's hope you learned from your mistake and make better choices moving forward, Happy New Year!"
It is crucial to note that the majority of American Jews voted for Joe Biden and the Democratic Party in the last election. A survey conducted by the Jewish Electoral Institute revealed that over 70% of American Jews supported Biden. This aligns with previous elections, as most American Jews identify as liberals and often feel detached from their Jewish heritage.
Trump’s verified Truth Social account just posted a “quick reminder for liberal Jews who voted to destroy America & Israel because you belief false narratives! Let’s hope you learned from your mistake & make better choices going forward. Happy New Year!” pic.twitter.com/T1zDaSsP2p— Christian Vanderbrouk 🇺🇸🇺🇦🌻 (@UrbanAchievr) September 17, 2023
Trump had previously stirred controversy within American Jewry by accusing them of disloyalty to Israel for not being more supportive of his presidency, despite his assertion that he had made significant contributions to Israel. Furthermore, he faced criticism for associations with individuals like Kanye West and white nationalist Holocaust denier Nick Fuentes during an event at his Mar-a-Lago resort in November.
Coincidentally, billionaire Elon Musk recently threatened to file a defamation lawsuit against the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). This threat emerged in response to the league's reports indicating an increase in anti-Semitic posts on Twitter since Musk acquired the social network. Additionally, some users, previously banned for violating hate speech policies, were reinstated.
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In a parallel development, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took off to the US Sunday evening on a political trip. He will begin his trip with a visit to San Francisco, where he will meet with Elon Musk and tour the area. His trip will reach its peak when Netanyahu travels to New York to attend the United Nations General Assembly, deliver a speech, and meet with President Biden for the first time since he took office.