International

For American Jews, Trump is key figure in Israeli election

Israel’s prime minister has aligned closely with Donald Trump in his battle for political survival ahead of Tuesday’s elections a troubling tactic for the roughly 75% of American Jewish voters who lean Democratic.

Benjamin Netanyahu featured Mr. Trump in a recent campaign video, while Mr. Trump has made a series of policy moves viewed as strengthening Mr. Netanyahu in the eyes of Israeli voters, including relocating the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem.

The American Jewish community numbering 5.5 million to 6 million leans Democratic overall but is not monolithic. Most older Jews remain supportive of Israel’s current Middle East policies, as does the roughly 10% of the Jewish population that is Orthodox.

But many liberal American Jews fear Mr. Netanyahu will push Israel’s government even further to the right if he wins.

Source: thehindu.com

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *