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Trump reportedly pledges to deport foreign anti-Israel protesters if re-elected

Former U.S. President Donald Trump delivers a speech during a presidential election rally at a perk in New York, May 23, 2024.(Photo: Hiroshi Tajima / The Yomiuri Shimbun via Reuters)

A Washington Post report claims that former U.S. President Donald Trump has vowed to deport foreign students at multiple American university campuses who have been involved in antisemitic or anti-Israel protests.

"One thing I do is [with] any student that protests – I throw them out of the country. You know, there are a lot of foreign students. As soon as they hear that, they’re going to behave," Trump reportedly told donors on May 14 at a round table discussion. Furthermore, Trump described the bigotry and threats on U.S. campuses as a “radical revolution” that “has to be stopped now.”

Karoline Leavitt, spokeswoman for the Trump campaign, accused the Biden administration of siding with far-left Democrats and anti-Jewish protesters seeking to destabilize American society.

“Joe Biden has sided with radical leftist Democrats like Ilhan Omar and Rashida Talib and empowered antisemitic protestors destroying our college campuses and threatening to undermine our democracy," Levitt argued.

“President Trump will side with Jewish Americans and American citizens, period, and he will not tolerate terrorist sympathizers on our college campuses," she added.

In March, the former U.S. president posited that the Oct. 7 terror attack would not have happened if he had been in the White House.

“It would have never happened if I was president. Iran was broke…They had no money for Hamas, for Hezbollah, they were broke,” Trump told “Fox & Friends during a phone interview.

Trump claimed that America’s and Israel’s enemies perceive Biden as a weak and ineffective president.

“They wouldn’t have done it to me. I guarantee you that. They did this because they have no respect for Biden,” he said.

At the time, Trump’s National Press Secretary Leavitt pledged that, if re-elected, Trump would protect Israel against Iran and its proxies.

“When President Trump is back in the Oval Office, Israel will once again be protected, Iran will go back to being broke, terrorists will be hunted down, and the bloodshed will end,” Leavitt stated.

The majority of Jewish Americans traditionally vote for the Democratic Party. In the 2020 election, 68% of Jewish Americans voted for Biden and 30% for Trump. However, the rise of antisemitism since Oct. 7, particularly in progressive and Islamist circles, has sent shockwaves among American Jewry.

Nevertheless, it is unclear whether this will be manifested in a political shift in the upcoming November presidential election.

Trump appears to be at odds with prevailing Western support for a two-state solution.

On Tuesday, Spain, Ireland, and Norway officially recognized a “Palestinian state” despite Israel's objections and declaration that such a move rewards Hamas and terrorism. The Biden administration said a two-state solution must be negotiated between the parties involved.

Earlier in May, Trump signaled he had grown skeptical of a two-state solution and argued that the situation on the ground was different today compared to four years ago.

“You had a lot of people that liked the idea four years ago. Today, you have far fewer people that like that idea. There may not be another idea.  You know, there are people that say that that situation is one of the toughest, the toughest to settle because children grow up and they're taught to hate Jewish people at a level that nobody thought was possible,” Trump said.

The All Israel News Staff is a team of journalists in Israel.

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