Trump Suggests Jewish Voters Should ‘Reconsider’ Supporting Democrats Over Israel Policy

The Republican has accused President Joe Biden of “abandoning” Israel

Former US president and presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Wednesday suggested that Jewish-Americans would be misguided to vote for his rival in November.
Trump held an impromptu press conference on the tarmac of the international airport in Atlanta, Georgia, after flying into town for a campaign fundraiser. He used the occasion to criticize President Joe Biden’s handling of the Gaza conflict, among other things.
“Biden has totally lost control of the Israel situation,” Trump told reporters. “He has abandoned Israel.”
“Any Jewish person that votes for a Democrat or votes for Biden should reconsider,” Trump added.
During his term in the White House, Trump openly supported Israel, recognizing West Jerusalem’s annexation of the Golan Heights and moving the US embassy to Jerusalem. In the 2020 election, an 70% of American Jews voted for Biden.

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu declared war on Hamas after the Gaza-based militant group’s October 7 attack that claimed an estimated 1,200 lives. Since then, over 33,000 Palestinians have been killed in Israeli military operations. Many Palestinian and Muslim Americans have voiced frustration with Biden over his support of West Jerusalem, accusing him of not doing enough to stop the Israeli onslaught.
Finding itself criticized from both sides, the White House has tried to please both. The US has continued supplying ammunition and weapons to Israel and offered Netanyahu “ironclad” support against Iran, but also called for a ceasefire in Gaza and opening of humanitarian aid corridors.
Netanyahu has mostly US criticism, saying that “no force in the world” will stop Israel from destroying Hamas.
Last month, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat who is himself Jewish, called for the ouster of Netanyahu as a way to resolve the current conflict.