Are American Jews and Israeli Jews enemies

Trump and US Jews in the election campaign"It's about the ideals of the republic"

According to Donald Trump at the end of 2019, Jews have never had a better friend in the White House than him. In this election campaign, the Republicans repeatedly refer to the successes of his Israel policy, such as the relocation of the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. In a recent poll by the Jewish Electorate Institute, 30 percent of Jewish voters said they wanted to vote for Trump - that would be six percentage points more than in the previous election. But Steven Windmueller, Professor Emeritus of Jewish Studies at the Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles, thinks this is unlikely.

"I assume that the number of those Jews who vote for Donald Trump will rather decrease compared to 2016. By four to six percentage points. Because many American Jews who voted for Trump last time are now disaffected and disaffected - like other groups of voters - increasingly reluctant to continue to support this government. "

Jewish interests

Hannes Stein, himself a Jew, who has lived in New York as a writer and correspondent for many years, shares this assessment:

"Jews have always been for the Democrats, and that has not changed under Donald Trump, it has, I believe, got even worse. There is only one group of Jews who are in the Trump camp, so to speak, that is, the ultra- Pious. This is the only group among which there is a large crowd who are pro-Trump. But otherwise Trump has few fans among Jews. "

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Polls confirm that Donald Trump's Israel policy has little effect on Jewish voters. Steven Windmueller:

"American Jews are worried about a few things. First of all, because we are dealing with a comparatively old group of voters, they are interested in health care and health insurance. Questions like immigration, the Supreme Court or the gun laws are important to them. You can see in polls that Israel is somewhere between number 7 and number 12 on their list of priorities. "

Hannes Stein, writer and correspondent:

"Ultimately, American Jews would not vote for a candidate who is rapidly anti-Israel, that is, who says this state must somehow be blown off the map. That would deter American Jews. But Joe Biden does not. No more is asked . It is not required that an American president constantly assert how great he thinks Netanyahu. Nobody here really cares. "

Trump serves stereotype

The president deduces from his self-attested friendliness towards the Jews that American Jews could vote for him - and only for him - in the election.

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Any Jew who elects the Democrats is either very ignorant - or very disloyal. He later added: Disloyal to the Jewish people and the State of Israel. Trump is quoting the anti-Semitic stereotype of double loyalty: Jews could not be loyal to any other country because in truth they always had a secret loyalty to Israel. Writer Hannes Stein:

"Among Jews something like that triggers ... either it is not noticed at all or if it does, then it creates more cheerfulness. Because it is of course complete nonsense. The Democrats are one of two parties here. The party platform of the Democratic Party still does not call for it to cut diplomatic ties with Israel now. The Democrats are still in favor of a two-state solution. Most American Jews, at least if they really care, are also in favor of a two-state solution. "

Lauren Berkun is rabbi and vice-chairwoman of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, an institution that works to strengthen the Jewish faith in Israel and the United States. You worry Trump's statement about the alleged lack of loyalty among Jewish voters.

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"Such a statement is part of the attempt to make Israel a question of party politics, according to the motto: If you are for Israel, you can only vote for Republicans. This has to do with the polarization of society on the one hand - and strategy on the other the Republicans, who want to win over Jewish voters. Making Israel the bone of contention for partisans - that is extremely dangerous for American society. "

The number of anti-Semitic attacks has risen

Many Jewish citizens are also concerned about the skyrocketing number of anti-Semitic attacks during Donald Trump's presidency, including fatal attacks on rabbis and visitors to synagogues. Rabbi Lauren Berkun:

A very high percentage of American Jews believe that Trump's presidency gave fanatics a voice - including right-wing extremists and all those who want to divide our society. His leadership style, the way he speaks and what he doesn't say, all of this has contributed to the resurgence of anti-Semitism. Those who advocate white supremacy feel empowered to say things and engage in violence that have not existed for decades.

Lauren Berkun offered a prayer during the Democratic Party's virtual nomination party conference. In her private life she is involved in the election campaign for Joe Biden, but in her role as a rabbi such a position is a tightrope walk for her and many of her colleagues, says Berkun. Because in these politically charged times it is also the task of religious authorities to bring their communities together and to give every member the feeling of belonging - regardless of which party they voted for. This year, this task has never been more difficult for rabbis.

"In this particular election campaign there are some rabbis who would normally argue that they are politically neutral pastors, that they and their synagogues are concerned with giving space for spiritual nourishment and not for political activism they have the impression that this choice is existential. It is a special choice. Society is in danger, we are living in a crisis. "

Or in the words of the Jewish writer and now naturalized voter Hannes Stein:

"It's about nothing else than the sausage, it's about nothing else than the preserves, it's about nothing other than the ideals on which this republic was founded. This election is not about anything else."