Donald Trump should not and will not be the president of the United States, the head of the Republican Party in Israel said Thursday…
“The voters understand that to lead the United States, you need a person who knows more than how to sell products, with all due respect to Donald Trump, and everything he has achieved in his career,” Zell said.
“In my opinion, he cannot be president of the United States.”
Trump was speaking Wednesday night in Manassas, Virginia, where he was asked about his stance on supporting Israel.
“Very soon I’m going to Israel,” Trump said. “I’m going to be meeting with (Prime Minister) Bibi Netanyahu.”
The GOP front-runner said he “love(s)” Israel and will support it whole-heartedly — and attacked President Barack Obama for not doing enough to support the U.S. ally.
Donald Trump says that if he’s elected president, he’ll know within six months whether he can achieve an elusive peace accord between Israelis and Palestinians, one of the world’s most vexing challenges. But the Republican presidential candidate says he has doubts about each side’s commitment to the peace process…
“A lot will have to do with Israel and whether or not Israel wants to make the deal – whether or not Israel’s willing to sacrifice certain things,” Trump said. “They may not be, and I understand that, and I’m OK with that. But then you’re just not going to have a deal.”…
Trump said he was a “big, big fan” of Israel. Yet his questioning of Israel’s commitment to a lasting peace with its Palestinian neighbors could still raise eyebrows in some Republican corners.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) on Thursday lashed out at Donald Trump’s comments suggesting that Israel should offer “sacrifices” to win a peace deal, telling a prominent Republican Jewish group that conflict is the Middle East amounts to more than “a real estate deal.”
Rubio, who is rising in polls of GOP voters, questioned Trump’s commitment to Israel given the business mogul’s interview published earlier in the day with The Associated Press.
“There is no moral equivalence between Israel and those who seek to destroy her,” Rubio said in an address to the Republican Jewish Coalition. “Understanding that fundamental truth is essential to being the next commander in chief.
“This is not a real estate deal with two sides arguing over money. It’s a struggle to safeguard the future of Israel.”
Donald Trump set off a mini-controversy during his address to the Republican Jewish Coalition meeting in Washington Thursday.
Trump “repeatedly invoked stereotypes about Jews and money” in the speech, BuzzFeed noted, pointing to Trump statements, like “Is there anyone in this room who doesn’t negotiate deals? Probably more than any room I’ve ever spoken” and “You’re not going to support me because I don’t want your money.” A Twitter debate erupted as Trump spoke. “You have to give plaudits to Donald Trump for chutzpah,” tweeted the Guardian’s Ben Cohen. “Who else gives a borderline anti-Semitic speech at the Republican Jewish Coalition?”
“You just like me because my daughter happens to be Jewish,” Trump announced to open his speech, remarking that he can never reach her on Saturdays, the Jewish sabbath. (Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, converted to Judaism to marry real estate developer Jared Kushner.)…
Trump also mentioned more than once that he knew the crowd must want to give him money, but that he doesn’t want their money…
“Stupidly, you want to give money,” Trump said again later. “Trump doesn’t want money.”
“You’re not going to support me because I don’t want your money,” Trump said…
Trump got mixed reviews after his speech. Some thought Trump’s jokes were fine.
“I think it’s okay to joke with your audience,” said Stewart Bolno of Philadelphia.
Jonathan Greenblatt, the Anti-Defamation League’s CEO, that that after having carefully reviewed the speech, the ADL does not believe “that it was Donald Trump’s intention to evoke anti-Semitic stereotypes.”
“He has made similar comments about spending his own money on the campaign, and not asking for money from donors, to many other groups,” said Greenblatt in a statement. “Here, context is everything. Mr. Trump’s presentation was completely supportive of Israel and the Jewish community, even if one might disagree with him on some of the other issues he raised.”
“In this case he is speaking to a group of Jewish Republicans, a significant portion of whom are business people. We do not believe he intended his comments regarding negotiations and money to relate specifically to their Jewishness,” he explained…
Former ADL national director Abe Foxman, however, differed with his successor: “Somebody should give Donald Trump a copy of my book “Jews and Money-story of stereotype,”” Foxman told Jewish Insider. “For someone who claims to be so smart, he should know better than to reinforce and legitimize this history old anti-Semitic canard.”
Donald Trump drew a few rare boos toward the end of his appearance at Thursday’s Republican Jewish Coalition candidate forum, after refusing to say that Jerusalem should be the undivided and recognized capital of Israel.
“You know what I want to do? I want to wait until I meet with Bibi,” said Trump. “You know, I’m leaving for Israel in a very short while.”
The rest of his answer, about a planned post-Christmas trip to Israel, was interrupted by scattered jeering. Trump turned to a heckler near the front of the Ronald Reagan Building’s ballroom whom he could hear clearly.
“Who’s the wise guy?” asked Trump. “Just relax. You’ll like me very much, believe me.”
Donald Trump is appealing to the Nazis, white nationalists, and affiliated scum. He knows that it’s not the masses who pad his numbers to the 20s in the polls, who are the dynamo of his Internet movement. It’s the fringe “alt right” that is…
Most Republicans want to be seen as pro-Israel because Israel is the one free country in the Middle-east, where Christianity isn’t outlawed. It’s pretty bad when a major Republican candidate is signaling that he’ll be as anti-Israel as the amazing pair of Barack Obama and John Kerry, blaming Israel for being attacked by terrorists because they allegedly don’t have a “commitment” to give away to the terrorists whatever they demand.
Let’s not pretend Trump doesn’t know that Hamas and other “Palestinian” groups refuse to recognize Israel, and what that means for any peace process. Is Israel supposed to be committed to its own destruction in the name of a New York liberal-endorsed peace?
Trump backtracked on comments that he made Wednesday in which he suggested that Israelis could sacrifice more than they had already for the sake of peace.
“It has to be said that Israel has given a lot,” he acknowledged. “I don’t know whether or not they want to go that final step, you know, and that’s going to be up to them. But Israel has not been given the credit that they deserve for what they’ve done, I will say that. I will say that.” At the same time, he added that he didn’t know “if Israel has the commitment to make [a deal with the Palestinians]” or “if the other side has the commitment to make it.”