As part of its efforts to win over the hearts of Israeli-American voters, the Donald Trump campaign has decided to address Israelis in their own language. A newly released photograph of the Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence shows him holding a poster that says “Make America Great Again” in Hebrew.
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The photograph, distributed by the Trump campaign team in Israel, was taken Tuesday night on an airplane. In another photograph, Pence is seen holding a poster written in English that says: “Jews for Trump.”
According to representatives of the Trump campaign team in Israel, Pence received a brief lesson in Hebrew from one of his Jewish aides while on the flight, after which he asked to deliver the following message to American citizens living Israel: “You have a real chance to influence the outcome. I call on all American voters in Israel to register online quickly, so that you can vote and have influence.”
While visiting Israel a year and a half ago, Pence met with the leading Republican party supporters living in Israel.
The airplane photo-op comes a day after the Trump campaign in Israel opened an office in the West Bank settlement of Karnei Shomron – the first American election headquarters ever opened outside Israel’s internationally recognized borders. It was the fourth office opened by the campaign in recent weeks.
The Trump campaign in Israel has invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in reaching out to Israeli-Americans out of a belief that an overwhelming majority of them sympathize with the Republican Party and that their absentee ballots could prove critical in swing states like Pennsylvania, Florida and Ohio. The campaign has put special focus on the West Bank settlements, where a disproportionately large number of U.S. citizens reside.
According to various estimates, there are roughly 200,000 Americans living in Israel who are eligible to vote.