Democrats would 'leave Israel out there'

Geraldine Edwards
April 9, 2019

"Under my administration the US will always support Israel's right to self defense", Trump said on Saturday at a meeting of the Republican Jewish Coalition in Las Vegas.

The president's comments were referring to anti-Semitic tropes made by Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar.

In his speech, Donald Trump stressed that relations between America and Israel had never been as good as they are today. She doesn't like Israel, I forgot, I'm sorry.

She is an outspoken critic of the U.S. policies toward Israel and has been in controversies several times since coming to Congress. And if he's re-elected, he'd be his country's longest serving prime minister.

Several protesters from the group IfNotNow disrupted the start of Trump's speech, chanting "Jews are here to say, occupation is a plague" - a reference to the Golan Heights controversy - before being ejected from the auditorium.

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Trump mentioned Netanyahu only briefly in his speech, predicting the election would be close and describing both the prime minister and his main challenger, former army chief of staff Benny Gantz, as "good people".

Trump met privately with Adelson before speaking, according to an official.

Trump is saying that "unlike other presidents, I keep my promises" and he calls the embassy move an example of a "historic action that had been decades in waiting". "But no it's not, it's largely stolen", Trump said.

At last year's ceremony in Jerusalem celebrating the relocation of the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv, evangelical Christian pastors allied with Trump delivered the opening and closing blessings.

Before Trump's appearance, people assembled for the event carried signs with "We are Jews for Trump" and "Trump" written in Hebrew.

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She also moved to abandon longstanding regulations that dictate how long children are allowed to be held in immigration detention, and requested bed space from the US military for some 12,000 people in an effort to detain all families who cross the border. Adelson has cancer and has been in poor health, but he and his wife attended Trump's remarks - receiving a standing ovation when they entered the ballroom.

The Adelsons gave President Donald Trump's campaign $30 million in 2016. "You have to follow the law, they were told".

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Republicans are hoping to narrow the gap in 2020 with Jewish voters, who have traditionally backed Democrats by a large margin.

Trump later repeated previous allegations that "the Democrats have even allowed the awful scourge of anti-Semitism to take root in their party and in their country", pointing to Democrats' recent move to block a measure condemning the boycott-Israel movement from the Yemen War Powers Resolution. The ACLU and other groups that are suing say that law does not apply to asylum seekers who cross the border illegally or arrive at a border crossing without proper documents. Jewish voters identify with or lean toward the Democratic Party over the Republican Party by a roughly 2-1 ratio.

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