Criticising Israel is not anti-Semitic, but Trump’s statement on Jews is

Israeli president Reuven Rivlin speaks at the opening night of the Jerusalem Film Festival in Jerusalem

President Donald Trump has repeated his claim that voters are being "disloyal" when they back Democrats, expanding on remarks made the previous day, despite criticism from Jewish groups.

He said "you're going to see more and more people like Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and company that are anti-Israel, and that brings an entirely different viewpoint into the United States Congress". Tlaib was eventually granted a humanitarian waiver to visit family, but she declined, saying the conditions Israel attached were unacceptable.

On Tuesday, Trump told White House reporters, "Any Jewish people that vote for a Democrat - I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty".

The Republican Jewish Coalition defended Trump Wednesday after his latest comments.

In March, Omar said at a town hall, "I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is okay to push for allegiance to a foreign country", referencing Israel.

Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, and Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the center, condemned Trump's remarks on Wednesday, saying that bipartisan support is "absolutely essential to the future well being and security of the Jewish State". Not just in America, Trump is the best president for Israel in the history of the world.

"I don't think Democratic Jews ever saw this coming for Israel and they're going to have to make a very hard decision in 2020", Pipko concluded.

"The Jewish people in Israel love him like he's the King of Israel", the quote from Root continued.

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Jumping disingenuously on the word "disloyalty" - which is antisemitic when employed as a slur to accuse US Jews of caring more about Israel than they do about their own country - anti-Trump Jews around the world went into a calculated frenzy.

Rev Billy Graham's son, Rev Franklin Graham, also made a similar statement in May 2018. The President's next stumble: he equates the Jewish people with the policy of the state of Israel.

Trump is not the first president to apparently link himself to Jesus.

In the new Netflix documentary "The Family," which is based on a decade-plus of investigative work by journalist Jeff Sharlet, it's explained that a secretive group of conservative Christian power brokers - including Vice President Mike Pence and former Attorney General Jeff Sessions - preach this idea of the "wolf-king", a leader anointed by God to enact the Christian right agenda.

He did so by dividing them into "loyal" and "disloyal" camps, under the absurd terms of USA partisan politics, and the even more absurdly dysfunctional relationship between the U.S. and Israel.

TRUMP: But I stood with your Prime Minister at the White House to recognize. "I know Joe Biden has had communion denied to him by the Catholic Church in certain parishes because of the absolute inconsistency between his faith and his practice". Trump often speaks as though the interests of Israel and Jewish people in America are one and the same.

In his remarks on August 20, Trump said there will be no changes to foreign aid for Israel in response to Omar's suggestion.

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