Israel’s Economy Minister says attempts to depict Trump as antisemitic are pathetic

Economy Minister Eli Cohen: President Trump has hit back at those trying to boycott Israel economically, through U.N. envoy Nikki Haley, has changed the diplomatic attitude toward Israel, and in short says, President Donald Trump is “among the greatest friends Israel has had in a president.”

By Israel Hayom Staff


Economy and Industry Minister Eli Cohen (Kulanu) came out in support of U.S. President Donald Trump over the weekend, after the embattled president faced accusations of being racist and anti-Semitic in the aftermath of violent events in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Israel’s Economy and Industry Minister, Eli Cohen. – Photo: Wikimedia נתן מור

“Efforts to portray Trump as anti-Semitic are pathetic,” Cohen said, adding that of all the U.S. presidents, Trump is “one of the most sympathetic toward Israel.”

“Ever since Trump entered the White House, efforts to boycott Israel in the economic arena have suffered a critical blow,” he said.

“The shift in the discourse toward Israel is apparent has been apparent in the diplomatic arena in general and in the U.N. in particular,” he added. “U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley has been clearly implementing Trump’s policies.”

Furthermore, on the economic plane, the efforts to target Israel economically, which were prevalent in the past, have waned dramatically since Trump took office,” he said.

Nikki Haley visits Hamas built terror-tunnel on Israel’s border with Gaza on June 8, 2017 – Photo: IDF Spokesperson’s Office

“Calling a person whose son-in-law and daughter are Jewish, and whose first official overseas trip [as president] was to Israel, an anti-Semite is utterly unfounded. There is nothing anti-Semitic about him,” Cohen insisted.

“Even in conversations with [other] administration officials, the positive atmosphere is discernible,” he continued. “It is apparent in the expansion of trade agreements with the U.S., which are on the rise and have reached a record $27 billion in the last year, not to mention the investments being made by American companies in Israel and the establishment of development and manufacturing centers [in Israel].”


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