Is Trump a better choice for Jewish voters than Biden?

Is Trump a better choice for Jewish voters than Biden?
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The Democratic Party is no longer a home for those concerned about anti-Semitism, Israel and many other issues important to America’s Jews — yet, most Jewish voters continue to pull the Democratic lever in elections. In the latest example, one of the party’s most prominent figures, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezSanders: Netanyahu has cultivated 'racist nationalism' Meghan McCain: Greene 'behaving like an animal' Deleted video shows Greene taunting Ocasio-Cortez's office in 2019 MORE (D-N.Y.), refused to meet with the New York Board of Rabbis and the Jewish Community Relations Council.

Perhaps most disturbing to many Jews are the anti-Semitic rhetoric and policies openly embraced by many in the party, and the failure of Democratic leaders to condemn both.

It is time for Jews to wake up to the new politics in this country. Many might surely wonder if — to paraphrase Joe Biden — "you ain’t Jewish” if you vote for the former vice president and his running mate, Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisHere's why Joe Biden polls well, but Kamala Harris does not Immigration experts say GOP senators questioned DHS secretary with misleading chart Carper urges Biden to nominate ambassadors amid influx at border MORE (D-Calif.), because of the policies they and their party now represent.


For decades, support for Israel was strong across both political parties, and so Jews could vote their social conscience and support a Democratic Party that stood strongly with Israel and against anti-Semitism. Given that 6 million Jews were murdered in the Holocaust, Jews have felt enormous empathy against discrimination, as well as deep support for Israel as a Jewish state; they felt at home in the Democratic Party of past decades. But the differences that have emerged between the country’s two political parties now require Jewish voters to react to the new realities and switch their support to Donald TrumpDonald TrumpVirginia GOP gubernatorial nominee acknowledges Biden was 'legitimately' elected Biden meets with DACA recipients on immigration reform Overnight Health Care: States begin lifting mask mandates after new CDC guidance | Walmart, Trader Joe's will no longer require customers to wear masks | CDC finds Pfizer, Moderna vaccines 94 percent effective in health workers MORE.

President Lyndon Johnson not only supported the Voting Rights Act and Medicare but also weapons for Israel — and backed Israel when it counted. That was the heyday of American Jewish voters feeling comfortable voting Democratic, even after President Nixon removed the arms embargo on Israel completely during the Yom Kippur War. President Carter’s approach at first worried many American Jews but the result of peace deals in the Mideast again cemented Democratic support. President Clinton came to understand that an evenhanded approach in the Mideast would not work because the Palestinian Authority was never really coming to the negotiating table; it was aligned with too many forces who wanted the destruction of Israel.

But things turned with President Obama, who implied in a speech to the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) that he supported moving the embassy to Jerusalem but then quickly retracted it. Under his leadership, the Democratic Party turned from being a supporter of Israel into a supporter of Iran, as he threw more than $1 billion at the single greatest threat to Israel’s existence. And, in the closing days of his presidency, he refused to veto an anti-Israel resolution in the United Nations; even Senate Minority Leader Chuck SchumerChuck SchumerBiden 'encouraged' by meeting with congressional leaders on infrastructure Republicans welcome the chance to work with Democrats on a bipartisan infrastructure bill Cheney sideshow distracts from important battle over Democrats' partisan voting bill MORE (D-N.Y.) called that move “frustrating, disappointing and confounding.” Thus, for the first time in a long time, Israel was no longer a bipartisan issue.

It was soon after the end of the Obama presidency that a long-hidden photo of Obama smiling with Louis Farrakhan, an open anti-Semite, surfaced.

As a president, Joe BidenJoe BidenVirginia GOP gubernatorial nominee acknowledges Biden was 'legitimately' elected BuzzFeed News finds Biden's private Venmo account Kid reporter who interviewed Obama dies at 23 MORE would return the country to those Obama-era policies.


When Trump came into the White House, Democrats often called him “Hitler” and “anti-Semitic.” It was a frequently repeated false trope, even as the Democratic Party drifted further and further from bipartisan support against anti-Semitism and for Israel. Studies purported that Trump was responsible for a rise in hate crimes — never mind that, for the previous eight years, attacks on Jews were among the top three hate crimes in America (although you rarely, if ever, heard about it).

As Democrats move to embrace more power for “intersectional” groups that leave out Jews, the power of the party’s anti-Semitic wing has grown in strength. Even after Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarDeleted video shows Greene taunting Ocasio-Cortez's office in 2019 Tensions mount among Democrats over US-Israel policy Project Veritas surveilled government officials to expose anti-Trump sentiments: report MORE (D-Minn.) made comments widely considered anti-Semitic and implying that American Jews had allegiance to a foreign power, the majority of House Democrats opposed condemning her remarks and watered down a resolution that would have repudiated anti-Semitism in favor of a general denunciation of all hate speech. Rep. Eliot EngelEliot Lance EngelLawmakers on hot mic joke 'aisle hog' Engel absent from Biden address: 'He'd wait all day' Bowman to deliver progressive response to Biden's speech to Congress Liberal advocacy group stirs debate, discomfort with primary challenges MORE (D-N.Y.), who strongly condemned Omar’s remarks, was primaried and defeated by the left.

Far from being an anti-Semite, Trump welcomed Judaism into his family with the marriage of his daughter. He combatted hate crimes against Jews by signing an executive order giving Jews greater legal protections against persecution. He has strongly opposed the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel favored by three of the four House Democrats known as “the squad.” 

When it comes to foreign policy, Trump fostered a great relationship with Israel’s prime minister and people, moved the American embassy to Jerusalem against the advice of the entire foreign policy establishment which had given only lip service to the idea, and brokered agreements with other Mideast nations to recognize Israel. During the Republican convention, Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoUS Olympic Committee urges Congress not to boycott Games in China Pompeo on CIA recruitment: We can't risk national security to appease 'liberal, woke agenda' DNC gathers opposition research on over 20 potential GOP presidential candidates MORE was visiting Israel, signaling the strength of the relationship; at the Democratic convention, it was crickets when it came to Israel, for fear of angering the left that openly takes the Palestinian side of the Arab-Israeli conflict.

Most importantly, Trump reversed the pro-Iran appeasement policies that strengthened the hand of Israel’s — and the world’s — biggest threat to peace. He eliminated ISIS and Iran’s chief terrorist leader as part of a policy of favoring our allies and opposing the enemies of stability in the region. Biden would reverse the policy of isolating Iran that has realigned the Mideast and, instead, would again bow to the mullahs who chant “Death to America!” while turning his back on the real supporter of democracy and of our country.

It’s no longer the old Democratic Party that supported Israel but a new party that has turned its back on both American Jews and Israel in significant ways. From empowering Iran to empowering Rep. Omar on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, the difference has never been clearer. Jewish voters should recognize that new reality in this election.

Andrew Stein is the former Democratic president of the New York City Council and founder and chairman of “Democrats for Trump.” He is the brother of The Hill’s chairman.