It is unclear whether Donald Trump, by the end of his term in office, will be remembered as Israel's greatest friend to ever sit in the White House, but until now, he could clearly have been called Israel's most embarrassing friend.
Some of Trump's Jewish allies have come to his defense, including the Republican Jewish Coalition in Manhattan. Early in the day, Trump tweeted quotes from one of his more sycophantic - and unhinged - followers, Wayne Allyn Root, calling Trump the "King of Israel" and "the second coming of God".
But beyond the latest controversy, some New York Jews say they feel growing unease with certain positions taken by the Democratic Party. It makes no sense!
Jews, Blacks, Gays, everyone.
Jeffress, who led a prayer in a ceremony previous year to celebrate relocation of the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, said that from a safe distance, it's easy for Americans to say, "Well why can't Israel be a little bit more tolerant?" Root, as The Daily Beast reported last September, claimed Special Counsel Robert Mueller was investigating Trump's ties to Russian Federation because he has "penis envy". "Somebody had to do it, so I'm taking on China".
Until this week, it was taken for granted that American Jews could vote either Republican or Democrat without being accused of being disloyal to the United States.
Jonathan Greenblatt, the Anti-Defamation League's national director and CEO, noted that: "Charges of disloyalty have always been used to attack Jews", while the American Jewish Committee described the president's remarks as "inappropriate, unwelcome and downright unsafe". "And in fact, I intend to vote for a Jewish man to become the next president of the United States". "I think that any Jewish people that vote for a Democrat, ahh, I think it shows either a total a lack of knowledge or great disloyalty", he said during a discussion regarding Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib.
President Trump spouted the age-old "dual loyalty" anti-Semitic trope after condemning Omar and Tlaib for doing the same thing.
"He does not see himself as the messiah, but he did run on the principle in 2016 that he would be a great defender of Israel, and no president has been more pro-Israel than Donald Trump".
The latest conundrum arose over a planned trip to Israel by two Democratic members of Congress: Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rep. Rashida Tlaib of MI, the only female Muslim Congresspeople.
Asked Wednesday by a reporter if his comments about "disloyalty" were anti-Semitic, Trump replied that they were not. He also suggested the National Rifle Association, one of the most powerful lobby groups, might drop its strong opposition to gun restrictions.
Rabbi Marvin Hier, founding father of the Simon Wiesenthal Middle, and Rabbi Abraham Cooper, affiliate dean of the center, condemned Trump's remarks on Wednesday, announcing that bipartisan enhance is "completely most essential to the prolonged tear effectively being and safety of the Jewish Voice".