Donald Trump is right about one thing America’s Jewish Leaders do lack Loyalty.

For the second time, Donald Trump accused America’s Jewish leaders of disloyalty. The first time was in 2019, during the last days of his Presidency, when he said US Jews were disloyal to Israel and that any Jew who votes for a Democrat shows “a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty.” Now he has accused Jews of being disloyal to him. “They should be ashamed of themselves. This lack of loyalty to their greatest friends and allies is why large numbers in Congress, and so many others, have stopped giving support to Israel.”

In the first instance, Trump may have had some justification for his criticism of Jewish leadership; in the second, Trump is less plausible and guilty of ill-thought-out ideas verging on incoherent.

Where Trump is correct on the issue of disloyalty, even though he does not understand what that disloyalty consists of, is that the leaders of the people determine their destiny, fate, and future. If fortunate, people are blessed with wise and thoughtful leaders with the skills and initiative to nurture their people for the common good. If not, the people are afflicted with stumbling leadership that deceives and misleads them to crises and failure. Trump, Obama, Biden, and America’s Jewish leadership are guilty of the above. Diaspora Jewry leadership is guilty of leading its Jews into an unprecedented crisis in American society. For too long, Diaspora leadership has sat on their hands and done nothing to alleviate the multiple problems of assimilation; youths disconnect from the State of Israel and their Jewish identity. A massive collapse of American Jewry is just around the next corner while its leadership shows no signs of being aware of the coming calamity.

Jewish leadership is weak, lacking conviction and vision. They are preoccupied with preserving a disintegrating Diaspora when they should be doing everything in their power to transfer their communities to the Jewish State. They have an obligation to speak the truth to Jews about their critical situation. Instead, they avoid confronting the people about the impending fatal crisis. The best these failed leaders can do is fall back on virtual solutions, fantasies detached from reality promising a Jewish future full of meaningless happiness in the Gulden Medina when, in truth, they are being dragged to their destruction and annihilation.

Either the current leadership must change its behaviour or be replaced by men and women who understand the historical process that started in 1948 and work for the spiritual and political redemption that G-d has put in play, and nothing can prevent it from happening.

This is what Trump, Obama and Biden will never understand.

Yosef Yigal Drever

Yosef Yigal Drever and Sylvia Drever co-founded Achdut HaLev in 2006 to reach out to the Jewish community's around the world providing support in learning Torah and promoting the 'Return of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel.' Yosef Yigal made Aliya in 2014 while Sylvia his wife is an Israeli. In late 2014 Achdut HaLev concentrated all its resources towards Aliya and the rebuilding of Eretz Yisrael. Excluding none and embracing all. The commandment to settle the Land of Israel is equal in importance to all the Torah Commandments all together: (Sifri Deut 12:29)