NEW OP-ED: Biden is good for the Jews & Israel

May 8, 2024

Yesterday, I was honored to attend President Biden’s address at the U.S. Holocaust Museum’s annual Days of Remembrance event marking Yom HaShoah.

With deep conviction, President Biden unequivocally declared “there’s no place on any campus in America—or any place in America—for antisemitism or hate speech or threats of violence of any kind.” He also reiterated his “commitment to the safety of the Jewish people and the security of Israel, and its right to exist as an independent Jewish state is ironclad, even when we disagree.”

Read my op-ed in Newsweek on why President Biden’s speech only reinforced what we know to be true – Joe Biden is a strong and unwavering ally of the Jewish community and Israel, and this stands in stark contrast with the words and actions of Donald Trump.

Newsweek: President Joe Biden Is Good for the Jews and for Israel | Opinion

The sharp distinction between President Biden and Donald Trump became more evident following Hamas’s horrific attacks on October 7. Joe Biden has repeatedly declared his support for Jewish Americans amid growing antisemitism and has stood by Israel, including through his unprecedented National Strategy to Counter Antisemitism, pledge of $14.3 billion in emergency military assistance to Israel, and directing the U.S. military to intervene and defend Israel from an Iranian attack.

President Biden’s moral clarity and leadership stand in stark contrast with the void of morality and decency from Donald Trump, who spends his days in a New York courtroom facing multiple felonies and only refers to “hostages” in the context of those detained for perpetrating an insurrection.

This election isn’t really about partisan politics – it’s a choice between a defender of democracy and someone who vows to be a “dictator on day one.” It’s a choice between someone fighting to restore the soul of our nation and someone who has repeatedly denigrated it. When faced with those options, it really shouldn’t be a difficult decision for Jewish voters or any Americans.

Share my op-ed far and wide, especially with those who need to be reminded what a strong ally and partner we have with President Biden, and what a threat Donald Trump poses to our democracy, freedoms, values, and rights.

Thank you for your continued support of our efforts to elect Democrats who share our values, like President Biden. We hope you’ll support JDCA PAC today, which will help us do even more to impact the outcome of this election.

In solidarity,

Halie Soifer
CEO, Jewish Democratic Council of America