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Former president Donald Trump stirred controversy in an interview where he urged Israel to “finish up” their conflict with Hamas, warning that they are losing support from the world. Despite expressing concern about Israel’s release of photos showing the destruction in Gaza, Trump admitted that he would have responded similarly to the Hamas attack if he were in Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s position. However, Trump did not offer any specific recommendations for Israeli or U.S. policy and instead focused on blaming the conflict on President Biden’s foreign policy.

In addition to his comments on the Israel-Gaza conflict, Trump also continued his attacks on American Jews who vote for Democrats, claiming that support for him should be “automatic.” He also criticized progressive members of Congress, calling Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rep. Rashida Tlaib “insane” and claiming that they “truly hate the Jewish people.” These remarks come amid increasing tensions within the Democratic party and ongoing debates about U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East.

Trump’s interview coincided with the passing of a U.N. resolution calling for an immediate cease-fire in Gaza, a move that the U.S. abstained from, declining to use its veto power to block the resolution. Netanyahu responded by canceling an upcoming visit to Washington, D.C. just minutes after the U.S. abstained from the vote. Trump’s comments have further fueled discussions about the U.S.’s role in the Israel-Gaza conflict and the broader implications for Middle East peace efforts.

This is not the first time that Trump has made controversial statements about American Jews and Israel. In a recent radio interview, he claimed that Jewish people who vote for Democrats “hate their religion” and should be ashamed of themselves. The White House has denounced these remarks as “unhinged” and “antisemitic.” Despite these criticisms, Trump continues to boast about his support for Israel during his presidency, highlighting his decision to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem and recognize Israeli annexation of the Golan Heights.

Overall, Trump’s recent comments on the Israel-Gaza conflict and American Jews highlight the ongoing divisions within U.S. politics and the challenges of navigating international relations in the Middle East. As debates continue about U.S. foreign policy and the role of political leaders in shaping diplomatic efforts, Trump’s remarks serve as a reminder of the complex dynamics at play in the region and the importance of thoughtful and informed decision-making in addressing global conflicts.

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