Press Release

ADL Statement Following President Trump’s Israel Trip

Says Remarks on Jewish Connection to Israel Serve as Important Rebuke Against Anti-Israel Forces

New York, NY, May 23, 2017 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today commended President Donald Trump on a successful visit to Israel and his commitment to working for a secure Israel at peace with its neighbors.

Jonathan A. Greenblatt, ADL CEO, issued the following statement:

We commend the president for choosing to visit Israel on his first international trip and his affirmation of the ‘unshakable’ bond between our two countries. Throughout the two days, President Trump made clear that not only would his Administration stand with Israel to ensure its security and stability, but also to work towards reaching peace with the Palestinians and the wider Arab world.  

He was clearly moved by his visit to Jerusalem and its holy sites. In particular, his clear acknowledgement of the Jewish people’s ties to Jerusalem was significant in light of recent anti-Israel UNESCO resolutions. His recitation of the thousands of years of Jewish connection to and presence in the land of Israel was an important rebuke against anti-Israel forces and those who seek to deny that unalterable connection.

The president’s remarks at Yad Vashem were an important statement about his appreciation for the horrors suffered by the Jewish people during the Holocaust, and the need to remain vigilant in the face of anti-Semitism today.

The president also recognized the dangers to Israel posed by Palestinian incitement, as evidenced by his call on Palestinian President Abbas to stop paying the families of jailed Palestinian terrorists, and his visit to both Saudi Arabia and Israel affirmed America’s stalwart stance in support of Israel along with other regional U.S. allies in standing against extremism, terrorism and Iranian efforts to destabilize the region and pursue nuclear weapons.