What Trump mentioned about Israel is each deeply offensive and flat out incorrect. A wide selection of American Jews have set him straight, together with a few Senators.
What Trump mentioned this week is an ideal bookend to what he said after neo-Nazis—individuals who chanted “Jews is not going to substitute us”—marched in Charlottesville, Virginia three years in the past, particularly that there have been “very high-quality folks on either side.” That march resulted within the homicide of anti-fascist protestor Heather Heyer, mowed down by a kind of “very high-quality” neo-Nazis. So Trump, don’t you dare discuss loving something that has to do with Jews after giving consolation to folks like that.
In fact, as a member of the Jewish group, I care concerning the security and safety of Jews as a complete. Which means, by definition, I care about what goes on in Israel. In a world the place a terrific navy energy, not that way back, got down to homicide each Jew on the planet—and succeeded in killing 6 million (a truth about which two-thirds of Individuals between 18 and 39-years-old are ignorant, apparently)—the existence of Israel offers reassurance that there’s a place that may take us in if an identical risk arises sooner or later. That’s one thing we didn’t have throughout the Holocaust, when Jewish refugees had been repeatedly turned away and despatched again to Hitler, together with by our country.
Please observe that after I say “our nation,” I’m speaking concerning the place the place I used to be born, the place that took my ancestors in—throughout a unique time—the place I name residence, and the place the place my loyalty lies. I’m speaking concerning the nation that I like above all others. I’m speaking about the USA of America.
Ian Reifowitz is the creator of The Tribalization of Politics: How Rush Limbaugh’s Race-Baiting Rhetoric on the Obama Presidency Paved the Way for Trump (Foreword by Markos Moulitsas)