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HEARD YESTERDAY — Former U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro said in a conference call hosted by the Jewish Democratic Council of America (JDCA) on Monday: “I think what we understand well enough about this president by now to understand what he really means is that American Jews who vote for the Democratic Party are disloyal to him. And this is consistent with his narcissism and his transactional nature, which he has expressed in many other situations — that he has a belief and a kind of an insatiable desire for praise and an expectation that anybody [for whom] he has done something that he thinks they should be grateful for, will simply salute, and in some sort of obsequious gratitude, express their support for him.”

“It shows how little he knows our community. And it shows how little he understands the reason that the American Jewish community, consistently for decades, [has] voted in the 70 to 75 percent range for Democrats. That was true in his election in 2016 — 71 percent. I’m quite certain that his contribution to this debate will cause those numbers to tick up, because the way he expresses himself on this issue, [and] his policies on many, many other issues, are quite antithetical to the views and values and beliefs of so many in our community.”