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Dermer or Friedman – Does It Even Matter?

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Donald Trump’s remark that Jews who vote Democratic are either ignorant or disloyal was interpreted as an accusation of “dual loyalty.” That is, lack of loyalty to the United States. The next day, he clarified that he meant that Jews who vote Democratic were “being disloyal to Israel.” In fact, both the original statement and the clarification skirt the issue of “dual loyalty” in an original way.

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They reveal that under Trump, Jews are immune to any such dilemma because there can be no conflict of interests between Israel and the United States. Loyalty to the United States means loyalty to Israel and vice versa. On condition, of course, that loyalty to both countries means loyalty to the policy of its current leader.

It’s hard to think of two people who better personify this symbiosis between the interests of Trump’s United States and Benjamin Netanyahu’s Israel than Israel’s ambassador to the U.S., Ron Dermer, and the U.S.........

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