WASHINGTON (Dispatches) – U.S. President Donald Trump has addressed the annual Israeli-American Council (IAC) National Summit in Florida, saying people in the United States should love Israel more, RIA Novosti reported.
"We have to get the people of our country, of this country, to love Israel more, I have to tell you that. We have to do it. We have to get them to love Israel more,” Trump noted.
Trump also said that there are some American Jews who do not "love Israel enough”.
"It’s truly my honor to be here this evening, to celebrate our progress, to deepen the incredible partnership between the United States and Israel, and it suffered greatly in the last administration. I don’t think they liked Israel too much, I’m sorry,” Trump added.
The U.S. president stated that the Zionist regime has never had a "better friend in the White House” than himself, claiming that unlike his predecessors, he has kept his promises to the occupying regime.
His remarks have sparked outrage on social media, with many saying that the U.S. president cannot tell Jewish people they "don’t love Israel enough”.
Over the past two years, Trump has made a number of gestures toward the regime that previous U.S. presidents refused to make, including recognizing al-Quds as the so-called capital of the Zionist regime and the disputed Golan Heights, which were seized from Syria during the 1967 Six-Day War, as "sovereign Israeli territory”.
In November, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made a dramatic statement, announcing that the United States would no longer abide by a 1978 State Department legal opinion that Zionist regime’s settlements in the West Bank violate international law.
The sudden change of heart in U.S. foreign policy has raised more questions about the success of the Trump administration’s so-called peace plan for the Middle East.