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By Stewart Ain

Trump called the resolution “a disgrace.” But his claims that the Democratic Party is “anti-Israel” and “anti-Jewish” were quickly countered by the Jewish Democratic Council of America (JDCA), which said in a statement that his facts are “just WRONG.”

“In the midterm elections, 82 percent of the two-party Jewish vote went to Democrats,” it pointed out. “As of early October, 70 percent of Jewish voters disapproved of Trump’s handling of the rise of anti-Semitism in our country. Those are FACTS.”

It noted that with Trump in the White House, Jewish support for Republicans has dropped from 24 to 17 percent. And a Gallup Poll released last week found that for the years 2017-2019, 58 percent of liberal Democrats and 66 percent of moderate/conservative Democrats viewed Israel “very/mostly favorable.”

Halie Soifer, executive director of the JDCA and an experienced congressional aide, said she believes “Israel retains strong support in the Democratic Party and [Omar’s] views represent a very small minority. She does not speak for the Democratic Party or the Democratic leadership on this issue. She is an outlier and [her] views are not shared widely.”