News of recent anti-Semitic acts in the U.S. — like the toppling of tombstones in a Jewish cemetery in St. Louis and bomb threats against Jewish community centers — is being followed closely in Israel. So is the Israeli government’s response to these incidents.
Some Israelis are questioning whether Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has played down the incidents to keep pressure off his political ally, President Trump.
The president has frequently deflected questions about threats and attacks against Jewish institutions. Last week, Trump called a question he was asked about anti-Semitic incidents “repulsive” and “disgusting.”
But on Tuesday, he called the recent incidents “horrible” and “painful.”