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Trump Flashes God Complex: 'I Am the Chosen One': Doubles Down on `Disloyalty'
Comments, saying that all Democratic Voters Not Just Jews are Against
By JTA, World Israel News & Rolling Stone
"I am the chosen one," Donald Trump declared to reporters Wednesday on the White,
looking toward the heavens.
The president was reflecting on his trade war with China, insisting that it should have
been launched long ago to curb what he characterized as China's theft of our wealth and
intellectual property. "Somebody had to do it," Trump insisted.
In another context, one might excuse the quip as mere puffery. But in the case of Trump,
the president's pathological narcissism appears to metastasizing into a messiah complex.
Earlier Wednesday morning the president tweeted out unhinged praise of his Middle East
policies from the self-styled "conservative warrior" Wayne Allyn Root. Trump retweeted a
post from Root that American Jews "don't even know what they're doing or saying anymore.
It makes no sense!"
Root was likely referring to that fact that polls show U.S. Jews overwhelmingly oppose
Trump despite the president's track record of supporting Israel, including moving the U.S.
Embassy to Jerusalem, recognizing the Golan Heights as Israeli territory, cutting aid to
the Palestinian Authority, and tightening sanctions on Iran, which has threatened Israel
repeatedly with annihilation. Pew Research found that 79% of U.S. Jews in 2018 voted
Democrat for the House of Representatives.
Root also complimented the president for his efforts on behalf of Israel. Root said Trump
is "the greatest President for Jews and for Israel in the history of the world, not just
America, he is the best President for Israel in the history of the world
Jewish people in Israel love him like he's the King of Israel. They love him like he is
the second coming of God
Israel's prime minister on Wednesday steered clear of Trump's comments questioning the
loyalty of American Jews who support the Democratic Party, in sharp contrast to the tide
of condemnation from Jewish critics who accused him of trafficking in anti-Semitic
Binyamin Netanyahu's decision to keep quiet on the controversy reflected the importance of
his close alliance with Trump a relationship that has dented the bipartisan support
Israel has traditionally enjoyed in Washington as well as Israel's equally important ties
with the American Jewish community.
With an eye on re-election, Trump has attempted to use his close ties with Netanyahu to
win over Jewish voters, who overwhelmingly vote for Democrats. Critics say it is part of a
broader strategy that has also targeted minorities and immigrants with sometimes racist
rhetoric to try to shore up his base of white, working-class voters.
``Where has the Democratic Party gone? Where have they gone where they are defending these
two people over the state of Israel?'' Trump told reporters in the Oval Office on Tuesday.
``I think any Jewish people that vote for a Democrat, I think it shows either a total lack
of knowledge or great disloyalty.''
The comments triggered an outpouring of condemnations from Jewish American groups and
Democratic lawmakers, who accused Trump of invoking anti-Semitic stereotypes by implying
American Jews have dual loyalty to the United States and Israel. At a time of rising
anti-Semitism in the U.S., some expressed fear that Trump's words could invite new
violence against Jewish targets.
But Netanyahu remained silent about the latest uproar. His office declined comment, while
Yuval Steinitz, a Cabinet minister in Netanyahu's Likud party who is close to the prime
minister, dismissed it as internal U.S. politics. ``We mustn't intervene in the elections
and the political disagreements in the United States,'' Steinitz told Israel Radio. ``We
have close supporters and friends in both parties, Democrats and Republicans, both Jews
and non-Jews, and we embrace everyone and want everyone's support and friendship.''
This is not the first time Trump has been accused of making comments seen by some as
anti-Semitic. On the campaign trail, he told Jewish Republicans in 2015 that ``you're
not going to support me because I don't want your money.'' Following a march by neo-Nazis
and white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017, he said there were ``very
fine people on both sides'' after clashes between protesters and counterprotesters. On
international Holocaust Day in 2017, Trump condemned the ``horror inflicted on innocent
people by Nazi terror,'' without mentioning anti-Semitism or the 6 million Jews killed by
the Nazis and their sympathizers.
The alliance with Trump, who is popular with the Israeli public, has paid great dividends
for Netanyahu. Over staunch objections from the Palestinians, Trump has recognized
Jerusalem as Israel's capital and moved the U.S. Embassy to the contested city. With
strong Israeli encouragement, he withdrew from the U.S.-led international nuclear deal
with Iran, and more recently recognized Israel's annexation of the Golan Heights, captured
from Syria in the 1967 Mideast war.
Trump, guided by a team of advisers with close ties to Netanyahu, has cut hundreds of
millions of dollars in aid to the Palestinians and closed the Palestinian diplomatic
offices in Washington.
A series of decisions by Netanyahu, ranging from incendiary comments about Israel's Arab
minority seen as racist, along with the cancellation of a mixed-prayer area at Jerusalem's
Western Wall, have further alienated American Jews. Opinion polls in recent years have
shown sharp differences in support for Israel among American Jews, with Republicans far
more supportive than the Democratic majority.
Shmuel Rosner, a senior fellow at the nonpartisan Jewish People Policy Institute in
Israel, said he expected Netanyahu to keep a low profile because the relationship with
Trump is too valuable. ``He believes that keeping his relations with Donald Trump is
essential for Israel's well-being and safety,'' Rosner said. ``I don't think Israel is
going to distance itself from a president whose policies and expression of views are
favorable to Israel.''
Rosner said Netanyahu will likely try to assure Democrats that he values their support and
reach out to American Jews, even though he said many Israeli leaders quietly believe that
support from the Jewish American community is not what it should be. ``There's a
complicated situation here for Israel to navigate,'' he said. ``Maybe the only way to fix
this thing is to wait for a new president or a new prime minister or a new
Amazon Launches Operations in Israel
Amazon announced the launch of operations in Israel. The company set up a website in
Hebrew, which talks about its local delivery services, in order to attract vendors. Amazon
also is asking overseas businesses to warehouse their inventory in Israel and make
arrangements with international shippers to deliver their products through local shippers.
"We are currently working with sellers in Israel to help them sell worldwide with Amazon
Global Selling," Amazon said in a statement. "Local Delivery is one aspect of Global
Selling that looks to improve the opportunities for sellers in Israel to sell more
effectively to customers in Israel who shop on Amazon.com."
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