Author and former Israeli Air Force pilot Tal Keinan ripped as “disingenuous” media reactions to President Donald Trump’s comments about Jewish Americans being “disloyal.”
During a Saturday afternoon appearance on “America’s News Headquarters” with Fox News anchor Gillian Turner, Keinan drew an “important distinction” borne out in Turner’s playing of the entire clip.
“In my opinion, the Democrats have gone very far away from Israel,” Trump saidthis week. “In my opinion, you vote for a Democrat, you’re being very disloyal to Jewish people, and you’re being very disloyal to Israel.”
Fox News contributor Jessica Tarlov took personal offense as a Jewish American, calling Trump’s comments “disgusting.” The Jewish Telegraphic Agency listed several Jewish individuals and groups taking issue with the president, including some who called them antisemitic.
Turner’s guest, however, took a different approach, arguing that Trump’s “disloyalty” comment referred to disloyalty to Israel, not the United States, which would have specifically been the “old canard.”
“First of all, I’m glad you played the whole clip, because I think the president makes it clear he’s talking about disloyalty to the Jewish people and to Israel, not disloyalty to the United States, and that’s an important distinction,” said Keinan.
“There’s been some disingenuous reactions to that,” the “God Is In The Crowd” author added. “He was not raising the old canard. This is neither an attack, nor defense of Donald Trump’s statements, but we should be honest in how we’re looking at this. That disloyalty canard, I understand why it evokes that sort of reaction among Jews. It’s been raised from the times of the pharaohs in Egypt until present day Europe as a way to stoke hatred against Jews. I just don’t think that’s what’s happening here.”
Keinan also pointed out that there is a “distinction between disloyalty and dual loyalty,” the latter of which is “compatible” with loyalty to the United States.