'Nothingburger': Jewish Republicans Defend Trump After 'Fuck Bibi' Comment

Matt Brooks, the Republican Jewish Coalition's executive director, said the controversy over Trump's remarks doesn't mean he wasn't 'the most pro-Israel president'

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U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the Republican Jewish Coalition 2019 Annual Leadership Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., April 6, 2019.
U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the Republican Jewish Coalition 2019 Annual Leadership Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., April 6, 2019. Credit: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters
Ben Samuels
Ben Samuels
Washington

WASHINGTON – A top Jewish-Republican official dismissed on Sunday former U.S. President Donald Trump's angry attack on former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a "nothingburger" story.

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When asked for comment on the matter, Matt Brooks, the Republican Jewish Coalition's executive director, dismissed the controversy, saying: "Nothing in this story diminishes the historic accomplishments the two accomplished together, the fact that Trump was the most pro-Israel president EVER and received a historic share of the Jewish vote in Florida that helped him carry the state."

Brooks' comments come two days after Trump's explicit-laden criticisms of Netanyahu – for congratulating U.S. President Joe Biden over his electoral victory – were first reported.  

"The first person that congratulated [Biden] was Bibi Netanyahu," Trump said, referring to Netanyahu by his nickname. "The man that I did more for than any other person I dealt with," Trump told Israeli journalist Barak Ravid during an interview for his upcoming book “Trump’s Peace: The Abraham Accords and the reshaping of the Middle East."

"I haven’t spoken to him since," Trump added, "fuck him."

Halie Soifer, the CEO of the Jewish Democratic Council for America, the RJC's Democratic counterpart, said that Trump's comments "demonstrate – yet again – that Donald Trump only 'loved' Israel to the extent he believed it was politically lucrative and would further his political agenda. Like so many other things, Trump's relationship with Israel was purely transactional and morally bankrupt.

"The RJC has demonstrated time and again that literally nothing Donald Trump did – aligning with and inciting white supremacists, launching a violent insurrection and attacking our democracy, hurling profanities at the Israeli PM – would be enough for them to finally admit that Trump was a danger to the United States, Jewish Americans, and Israel," she added.

J Street, the pro-Israel left wing organization critical of both Trump and Netanyahu, said the controversy only sheds light on the damage done by the leaders.

"It’s a real shame for Israelis and Palestinians that so many key decisions about their future have been made by leaders as petty, vindictive and deluded as Trump and Netanyahu," J Street Vice President of Communications Logan Bayroff said. "While it’s unsurprising that Trump would ultimately turn on his partner – and acknowledge the obvious truth that Netanyahu never had serious interest in compromising for peace – it doesn’t change the fact that his administration went out of its way to reward the rejectionist Israeli right and to punish the Palestinian people." 

 "Trump’s ultimate legacy in the region will be all he did to help Netanyahu normalize occupation and undermine the two-state solution," Bayroff added.

 Americans for Peace Now CEO Hadar Susskind, meanwhile, expressed his point more succinctly: “I guess there is one time that I agree with Donald Trump.” 

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