By Juan Cole
Source: Read full article at Truthdig
This piece originally appeared on Informed Comment.
Trump on Tuesday attacked American Jews who vote for the Democratic Party (as 70%-80% of them do) as demonstrating “a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty.”
What Trump meant has been widely debated and, in my view, misinterpreted. He wasn’t bringing up dual loyalty or accusing Jewish Democrats of being unpatriotic Americans. As Debra Sushan rightly observed, he was accusing Jewish American Democrats of being disloyal to Israel. He was simply stating the position of far rightwing Israeli parties such as the ruling Likud of PM Binyamin Netanyahu.
When you look at the context, it’s pretty clear Trump is accusing American Jews of being insufficiently loyal TO ISRAEL. So not only is he accusing us of dual loyalty…he’s saying that most of us aren’t very good at it. Glad you’re cool w/ that, RJC. t.co/1Z2Avx0ejd t.co/nOY3XWv9Mp
— Debra Shushan?דבורה שושן?دبرا شوشان (@ShushanAPN) August 20, 2019
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