There are three monotheistic religions that view Israel as its Holy Land: Judaism, Isalm, and Christianity. But when it comes to the devotees who live on American soil, former President Donald Trump believes that Christians hold Israel in the highest regard. In an interview with Barak Ravid from the "Unholy" podcast, the former president explained his theory on the air.
"There's people in this country that are Jewish that no longer love Israel," Trump said. "I'll tell you the Evangelical Christians love Israel more than the Jews in this country. It used to be that Israel had absolute power over Congress and today I think it's the exact opposite, and I think [Barack] Obama and [Joe] Biden did that."
In addition to criticizing the administration that preceded his tenure, Donald Trump also took aim at The New York Times, claiming that the owners of the Pulitzer Prize-winning publication were also to blame for the way in which Jewish Americans view their homeland.
"The Jewish people in the United States either don't like Israel or don't care about Israel," he added. "I mean, you look at The New York Times, The New York Times hates Israel -- hates them. And they're Jewish people that run The New York Times, I mean the Sulzberger family."
The recent assertion from the 45th president comes nearly five years after he once said, "I am the least anti-Semitic person that you've ever seen in your entire life."
In response to the former president's interview on the "Unholy" podcast, Johnathan Greenblatt, the CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, offered some pushback.
"The comments, unfortunately, are not very surprising from former President Trump," Greenblatt said. "But they fall somewhere between stunning and stupid. Now, I expect this from people from the far right or the extreme left. But you would think that a former President of the United States with Jewish grandchildren would get stuff like this right. Look, the bottom line is: He is not the one to tell Jewish people about their feelings for Israel. There is widespread overwhelming positive feelings amongst the Jewish community for the Jewish state."
Donald Trump has been no stranger to controversial comments surrounding the Jewish community. It has been about one month since the conclusion of the "Unite The Right" trial in Charlottesville. An incident highlighted by verbiage aimed at the Jewish community. The former president denounced the anti-Semitic sentiment but he also claimed that there were "very fine people on both sides" of the violence that ensued afterward.
Stay tuned for more information on this developing story.