Trump Says Evangelicals Love Israel More Than Jews In The U.S.

( )- Former President Donald Trump raised some eyebrows late last week when snippets from an interview he did a few months ago revealed that he believes that Evangelical Christians loved Israel more than Jews in the United States do.

The interview was conducted by Barak Ravid, an Israeli journalist. In that interview, Trump said:

“There are people in this country that are Jewish that no longer love Israel. The Evangelical Christians love Israel more than the Jews in this country.”

His thoughts are apparently in response to the majority of Jews in the U.S. voting for Democrats in recent elections. And Trump believes that he, a Republican, was way more favorable to and defending of Israel than the Democratic administration currently in the White House.

Earlier in December, Trump also made headlines when he made comments about former Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who posted a congratulatory video of President Joe Biden’s victory over Trump in the 2020 presidential election.

The comment that caught headlines was when Trump said “f*** him” in response to being asked about Netanyahu and the video he made.

Trump has in the past accused the former prime minister of not being sincere about wanting to reach peace with the Palestinians as well as Netanyahu’s “lack of loyalty and gratitude for [Trump’s] favorable policies toward Israel.”

In the interview, Trump explained:

“It used to be that Jews had absolute power over Congress, and today, I think it’s the exact opposite. And I think Obama and Biden did that.”

One of the largest shifts in Congress, according to Trump, is the fact that there are many politicians who are anti-Israel now, as opposed to when he recently said “Israel literally owned Congress” in the past.

Trump was making loose references in his anti-Israel comments to the progressive House members of “The Squad,” who have often been chastised for making antisemitic comments and having a distinctly anti-Israel approach to policies.

In both the 2016 and 2020 presidential elections, the majority of Jewish voters in the United States sided with Democrats at the polls. This is despite the fact that Trump’s entire presidency — and campaigns beforehand — showed just how pro-Israel he was.

On the opposite side are Evangelical Christians, who have supported Trump and his Republican followers in large numbers from the very beginning. That is what caused the former president to comment:

“The Jewish people in the United States either don’t like Israel or don’t care about Israel. You look at The New York Times, they hate Israel. And there are Jewish people that run The New York Times.”

Not surprisingly, many Jewish groups responded in anger to Trump’s comments. Jonathan Greenblatt, the CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, for example, tweeted:

“It’s sad that once again we have to restate this point, but the vast majority of American Jews support and have some type of connection to Israel, regardless of which political candidate they vote for.

“Let me be clear: insinuating that Israel or the Jews control Congress or the media is antisemitic, plain and simple. Unfortunately, this is not the first time [Trump] has made these offensive remarks.”