Former US President Donald Trump delivered a speech at the Republican Jewish Coalition summit in Las Vegas, where he strongly condemned Hamas and characterized their conflict with Israel as a battle between “good and evil.” Trump vowed to protect West Jerusalem and take measures to prevent the importation of anti-Semitism into the United States.
During his speech, Trump blamed Hamas for the deaths that occurred on both sides since the group’s attacks on Israeli villages. He emphasized that every life lost in the conflict is the responsibility of Hamas and accused Iran of playing a role in the violence. Trump labeled Hamas as “monsters” and declared that there should be no sympathy or excuses for their actions.
The former president argued that the war between Hamas and Israel is not a fight between two equal sides but rather a clash between civilization and savagery. He stressed that Hamas worships death while Israel cherishes life and the nation. Trump positioned himself as a defender of the nation of Israel and pledged to support West Jerusalem.
As Trump continues to be a leading Republican candidate for the 2024 election, he criticized President Joe Biden for allegedly ignoring the outbreak of anti-Semitism in the United States. He claimed that pro-jihadist protests have been taking place in major cities and on college campuses during the Israel-Hamas conflict. Trump blamed Biden’s administration for allowing an influx of jihadists as refugees or foreign students into the country, stating that the US should not replicate the situation in Europe where jihadists are present.
To address these concerns, Trump promised to reintroduce the travel ban he implemented during his presidency, which restricted entry to the US from seven predominantly Muslim countries. He also vowed to deport foreign nationals who protest in support of Hamas and implement ideological screenings for all immigrants coming into the country. Trump emphasized that if individuals hate America, want to abolish Israel, or sympathize with jihadists, they will not be allowed to enter the country.
Furthermore, Trump targeted pro-Hamas foreign students who joined protests, stating that their study visas would be canceled. He threatened colleges and universities with the loss of federal funding and academic accreditation if they fail to eradicate anti-Semitism and pro-terrorism from their campuses.
Trump concluded his speech by asserting that if he had been president, the attacks on Israel would not have occurred, similar to his belief that he would have prevented the Russia-Ukraine conflict. He claimed that during his four years in office, the US did not face such problems and attributed current issues like inflation to the current administration.
Overall, Trump’s speech at the Republican Jewish Coalition summit highlighted his strong support for Israel, his condemnation of Hamas, and his focus on preventing the importation of anti-Semitism and jihadist sympathizers into the United States. As a potential candidate for the 2024 election, Trump reiterated his commitment to defending West Jerusalem and implementing strict measures against individuals and institutions that support terrorism.