The Israeli Minister for the Jewish Diaspora defended President Trump from criticizing the shooting of Pittsburgh and described it as unfair and wrong to associate him with the weekend massacre.
The closeness between the conservative government of Israel and the Trump government has widened a gap between Israel and many American Jews, much of whom belong to the liberal streams of Judaism known as conservative and reformist movements.
Many American Jews have criticized the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for their policies and their official exclusion by the Israelis Rabbinate, which controls issues such as the administration of holy places and religious conversion.
"Any attempt to blame President Trump for this terrible attack is simply wrong and unfair," Diaspora Minister Naftali Bennett told The Wall Street Journal Wednesday. "President Trump has proved to be a great friend of Israel and of the Jewish people."
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Mr. Bennett traveled to the US to provide support and support to the Jewish community in America following the mass shooting in the Tree of Life synagogue on Saturday killing eleven people.
Trump was accused of encouraging extremists with his rhetoric, and Pittsburgh's officials and some American Jews had asked him to cancel a trip to Pittsburgh on Tuesday, where he visited the temple and hospital.
Protesters protested during their visit to the public with signs saying "No room for hatred" and "We are building bridges, not walls".
Some critics claim that Trump made Mr. Trump's remarks during his term of office. Violence during a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville has contributed to an atmosphere in which anti-Semitic attacks in the US are on the rise.
The representatives of the Trump administration have rejected the idea that Trump fueled extremism. His counselors have determined that his daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren are Jewish.
Mr. Netanyahu promoted unity among the Jewish community after the shooting.
"Jews were killed in a synagogue. They were killed because they are Jews. The place was chosen because it is a synagogue. We must never forget that. We are one, "he said.
Mr. Trump is predominantly popular in Israel because of political decisions, including the US Embassy's move to Jerusalem and the announcement that it will be the capital of Israel.
But Such steps have not found similar favor among American Jews: 74% of American Jews Want for Democrats According to a Mellman group recently commissioned by an American electoral commission on behalf of the Jewish Electoral Institute for Jewish Students (75%), Trump disapproved of Mr. Trump.
In a presentation of tensions between broader liberal Jews In America and those in Israel, Israeli Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi David Lau on Sunday described the location of the shooting in Pittsburgh as "a place with prominent Jewish characters" rather than a synagogue. In an interview with the right-wing Israeli Mashor R ikon weekly.
Prior to Mr. Trump's visit, more than 35,000 people signed an open letter from leaders of a progressive Jewish group based in Pittsburgh to W. Trump. The president said the president would not be welcome if he did not denounce white nationalism and no Minorities denounced more.
Other members of the Jewish community in Pittsburgh greeted Mr. Trump and said in a letter that "their support for Israel and American Jewry is appreciated, especially in the face of virulent anti-Semitism, our community has suffered a few days ago."  US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman said Wednesday in Tel Aviv that the Jews should not be separated from the Pittsburgh massacre. "We can never let ourselves be put through the pointless exercise of blaming someone other than the killer himself
Mr Trump said on Twitter Wednesday that he and his wife were treated very nicely during their visit on Tuesday and had not seen any demonstrators.
-Dov Lieber contributed to this article.
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