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When it comes to Jewish ties, no one trumps Trump
When it comes to Jewish ties, no GOP candidate trumps Trump
Donald Trump participating in the first Republican presidential debate for the 2016 race, at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Aug. 6, 2015. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)
NEW YORK (JTA) — Among the expansive field of 2016 Republican presidential candidates on display in the party’s first debates, Donald Trump may be the most closely connected to the Jewish people.
Trump is from New York, works in professions saturated with Jews and long has been a vocal supporter of Israel. His daughter and two grandchildren are Jewish, the executive vice president of his organization is Jewish — and Trump certainly has chutzpah.
But you won’t find Jewish donors of influence in Trump’s network of associates: The billionaire’s campaign is self-financed, not donor-funded. Forbes estimates Trump’s net worth at about $4 billion; Trump says he’s worth $10 billion.
As the main attraction of the Republican debate on Thursday night, Trump’s trademark chutzpah was on sharp display. Asked about past references to women he dislikes as “fat pigs,” “slobs” and “disgusting animals,” Trump said he has no time for political correctness. He bragged about how Hillary Clinton dared not miss his most recent wedding because he donated to her campaign. And he refused to rule out running as a third-party candidate should someone else win the Republican nomination.
Given his myriad Jewish associations, Trump is not an unfamiliar face in Jewish circles. He has served as a grand marshal at New York’s annual Salute to Israel Parade. After Hurricane Katrina, he was among a group of celebrities who decorated Jewish federation tzedakah boxes to be auctioned off to support hurricane disaster relief. And in February, he was honored with an award at the annual gala for the Algemeiner, a hawkishly pro-Israel Jewish news organization.
“I have a Jewish daughter. This wasn’t in the plan, but I’m very glad it happened,” Trump said at the event in Manhattan. On Israel, he said, “We love Israel. We will fight for Israel 100 percent, 1,000 percent. It will be there forever.”
Before the 2013 Israeli election, Trump recorded a video message endorsing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
“You truly have a great prime minister in Benjamin Netanyahu. He’s a winner, he’s highly respected, he’s highly thought of by all,” Trump said in the 30-second spot. “Vote for Benjamin – terrific guy, terrific leader, great for Israel.”
By the same token, Trump has made clear that he believes President Barack Obama is bad for Israel and has questioned how American Jews could support the president.
“I have many Jewish friends that support Obama and I say, ‘Why?’ and they can’t explain why. They support him, they give him money, they give him campaign contributions,” Trump told radio host Michael Savage in February. “This is the worst enemy of Israel.”
Trump at times has dabbled in Israeli real estate. About a decade ago he bought a site in the Tel Aviv metropolitan area with plans to build Israel’s tallest building, to be called Trump Plaza Tower. He later sold the Ramat Gan property to an Israeli firm before its development. In 2012, Trump met with Israel’s tourism minister to discuss possible investments in real estate and tourism, according to the Israeli news website Ynet.
Trump’s closest Jewish association is with his daughter Ivanka’s family. Ivanka Trump, a fashion designer and celebrity in her own right, converted to Judaism before marrying Jared Kushner, the son of New York Jewish real estate mogul Charles Kushner.
She studied for her Orthodox conversion with Rabbi Haskel Lookstein of Manhattan’s Kehilath Jeshurun synagogue and the Ramaz School, and Lookstein officiated at her wedding. Trump and Kushner are members of Lookstein’s Orthodox synagogue and are Shabbat observant. They have two children.
When it comes to The Trump Organization, Trump’s right-hand man is a Jewish lawyer, Michael Cohen, who also serves as a top campaign aide
Uriel Heilman is JTA's senior writer and former managing editor. Follow him on Twitter at @urielheilman. Hillary is a vicious lifetime anti-Semite and racist, Israel hater, pro-Islamic jihad, except during election season, on the take for hundreds of millions from them $$$,+ most corrupt, evil, incompetent, repugnant, psychotic, pathologically lying, reckless and negligent candidate ever.https://www.facebook.com/RpblcJew/videos/10154212623370837... Hillary voters betray Israel. Caroline Glick of Jerusalem post says Obama worst ever US President for Israel and Hillary will be worse and that Bibi greatly prefers Trump.https://www.facebook.com/Hillary-Anti-Semite-Israel-hater-…/ Just read her emails!!! She never thought they’d be exposed. http://observer.com/…/it-wasnt-just-sid-torrent-of-anti-is…/ 1. No chance a Hillary president will scuttle genocidal Iran deal or stop Iran's constant cheating. She is huge proponent of it. 2. No chance she'll be aggressive vs Islamic jihad. A. She took hundreds of millions in bribes from them in pay to play. They didn't pay those bribes out of kindness of their hearts. They are barbarians. She and Bill have taken millions from terrorist nations and front groups she owes them big. .https://www.washingtonpost.com/…/foreign-donations-to-hill…/ B. She says Islamic gas nothing to do with terror. C. She says we must empathize with them and fight Isis with live and kindness. D. It was during her incompetent tenure at State Isis was born, and 5 countries devolved into terror countries. E. She tried and failed to get Terrorist Muslim brotherhood leader to retain power in Egypt. Morsi. F. her probable chief-of-staff Huma edited radical Islamic journal and cones from Muslim terrorist family. 3. Hillary is lifelong Israel hater. http://counterjihad.com/8-things-know-huma-abedins-involvem… A. Her other top advisor, so bad even Obama wouldn't let her hire him at State, Sid Blumenthal, constantly forwarded vicious anti Israel emails to her.http://observer.com/…/hillarys-email-trail-of-troubling-an…/ B. She tried to justify 10000 missiles from Gazan schools and hospitals. C. Distributed articles to staff they called the anti Israel handbook. Hillary’s Emails Reveal That She Distributed to Staff “I Hate Israel Handbook”http://jewfacts.com/bombshell-hillarys-emails-reveal-that-…/ D Called Israel occupiers. http://freebeacon.com/…/clinton-accuses-israel-of-being-oc…/ E. #3 top donor to Hillary, Soros has spent tens of millions on attacking Israelhttps://www.yahoo.com/…/eaf…/why-is-team-hillary-taking.htmlhttps://www.yahoo.com/…/b…/not-shocking%3A-george-soros.html F. Fully embraces Blacklivesmatter that have aligned themselves with jihadist anti-Israel terrorist organizations http://www.washingtontimes.com/…/black-lives-matters-anti-…/ G. Her VP pick has extensive Muslim terrorist ties http://www.breitbart.com/…/clinton-vp-pick-tim-kaines-isla…/ 4. Trump is 100% behind Israel.