Trump: Some U.S. Jews ‘Don’t Love Israel Enough’
FLORIDA — Some American Jews "don't love Israel enough," U.S. President Donald Trump said as he addressed some 4,000 Israelis and American Jews at the annual conference of the Israeli-American Council in Florida on Saturday.
Trump also said that International law does not prohibit Israeli settlements in the West Bank.
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Trump also said he had been told that there was no more difficult deal to make than Israeli-Palestinian peace, adding that "if [son-in-law and senior adviser] Jared Kushner can't do it, it can't be done."
Israel "suffered very much under the last administration," Trump asserted in a criticism of predecessor Barack Obama.
Boasting of Washington's decision to halt funding for the Palestinian Authority until it stops paying the families of convicted terrorists, Trump slammed "radical Islamic terrorism" before moving on to his claim that he had successfully destroyed ISIS and that he had rebuilt the U.S. military.
Donald Trump stands on stage with Sheldon Adelson ahead of his address to the Israeli American Council National Summit on December 7, 2019.MANDEL NGAN / AFP
"The Jewish state has never had a better friend in the White House than your president, Donald J. Trump," the president said earlier in his speech. "Unlike other politicians, I kept my promises."
The IAC is an organization funded by two of Trump's supporters, Jewish-American billionaires Miriam and Sheldon Adelson, and presents itself as a voice for the Israeli-American community.