Former President Donald Trump said he believes that Jewish Americans are not interested in Israel anymore, according to clips from a podcast interview.
Trump argued Jewish Americans have abandoned support for Israel, instead pointing to white Evangelicals, who have historically expressed strong support for the Middle Eastern nation, as the country's strongest backers, saying, "Evangelical Christians love Israel more than the Jews in this country."
"The Jewish people in the United States either don't like Israel or don't care about Israel," Trump told Israeli journalist Barak Ravid in a clip released on an episode of Unholy: Two Jews on the News on Friday. "There's people in this country that are Jewish [who] no longer love Israel."
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New quotes from Trump to @BarakRavid: Most US Jews don't love Israel. Exclusive for Unholy podcast— Yonit Levi (@LeviYonit) December 17, 2021
The former president cited former New York Times Chairman A.O. Sulzberger Jr., who is Jewish, as evidence that Jewish Americans don't support Israel.
"I mean, you look at the New York Times. The New York Times hates Israel, hates 'em, and there are Jewish people that run the New York Times. I mean the Sulzberger family," Trump said.
Trump argued former President Barack Obama and President Joe Biden contributed to Israel losing influence over Capitol Hill.
"It used to be that Israel had absolute power over Congress, and today, I think it's the exact opposite, and I think Obama and Biden did that," Trump said.
Trump, who touted several deals in which other countries recognized Israel during the waning months of his presidency, also slammed former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, once considered an ally.
"I liked Bibi. I still like Bibi. But I also like loyalty," Trump said, referring to Netanyahu's video congratulating Biden after he was declared the victor of the 2020 contest despite Trump's claims of widespread voter fraud.
"F*** him," Trump added.
Trump previously drew criticism for making remarks at the Israeli American Council National Summit in Florida in 2019 that some argued resembled antisemitic tropes about Jewish people loving money. He's also accused Jewish Americans of being "disloyal" to Israel due to voting for Democrats.
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The Pew Research Center estimates that 71% of Jewish Americans were affiliated with the Democratic Party in 2020, while 26% were registered as Republicans.
Jewish Americans have expressed ambivalence about Israel in recent years. Only 45% of U.S. Jewish adults see caring about Israel as "essential" to what being Jewish means, Pew found in a survey of 4,718 new Jewish respondents from November 2019 to June 2020 with a margin of error of 3 percentage points.