Donald Trump Thinks the Jews Aren’t Grateful Enough
‘But I gave them Jerusalem!’ A recent report warned of a ‘growing frustration’ in the White House for U.S. Jews’ lack of appreciation for his policies toward Israel. Perhaps because they’re too grown up, and informed, to supply such unfounded adulation
The annual assessments of the Jewish People Policy Institute rarely tell us stuff we don’t know. But the latest report, presented to the Israeli government and published on the JPPI’s website earlier this month, did include a paragraph that caught the eye of some journalists.
“Israel and U.S. Jewish organizations should sharpen their awareness,” the report noted – “of a trend of growing frustration within the Trump administration that the president’s pro-Israel moves (especially the transfer of the embassy to Jerusalem) are not sufficiently appreciated by large segments of the American Jewish community.”
This is a basically nice way of saying that Donald Trump and his sycophantic toadies are unimpressed that the majority of American Jews are grown-up enough and sufficiently informed to see that his “pro-Israel” policies may help the Likud government in the short-term, but certainly won’t ensure Israel’s long-term security and peace with its neighbors.
It’s hard to see, however, how anyone who has been paying the slightest attention to the goings-on of American politics over the last two years could be more aware that Trump craves constant and absolute adulation.
But besides stating the bleeding obvious, the JPPI’s experts don’t seem to have any recommendations how Israel and American Jews should be dealing with an insecure and unhinged president. Especially as, and the report omits this part, many of those within his administration who are so apparently frustrated over the lack of appreciation from “large segments of the American Jewish community,” are themselves Jewish.
Sure, they are a minority among American Jews, but the Trump Jews not only think that cutting off any realistic possibility of Israel achieving some sort of viable accommodation with the Palestinians is a good thing. They actually think we must express, in our Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur prayers, eternal gratitude to Trump for wishing upon us a future in which we continue to brutally rule over millions of Palestinians living without a minimum of self-determination and civil rights.
Putting aside the internal contradiction of these proud Jews’ thinking, who would surely argue that Trump’s policy is in the United States’ benefit as well. So why the craven need for our gratitude? What does the JPPI think we should do with this unique and rather dismal situation?