Rep. Steve King wants to know how American Jews continue to identify as Democrats.
The Iowa congressman questioned how American Jews can be "Democrats first and Jewish second," while supporting President Obama's foreign policy toward Israel.
"Well, there were some 50 or so Democrats that decided they would boycott the president's speech. One thing that's happened is — just look at the polling, that means — here is one thing that I don't understand, I don't understand how Jews in America can be Democrats first and Jewish second and support Israel along the line of just following their president," he said on Boston Herald radio Friday when asked about the Democratic members of Congress who skipped out on attending Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's address to Congress some two weeks ago.
"And it's all — it says this, they're knee-jerk supporters for the president's policy. The president's policies throughout the Middle East have been a disaster," he said. "I would say to them, name a country where we have better relations today than we had when Barack Obama took office?' And I gave that in speeches in about six weeks until some lad stood up and said, 'I can name you two, they are Cuba and Iran.'"
Anti-semitism, along with "just plain liberalism" has been a factor in the White House's relationship with Israel.
He added: "I see it growing. I'm amazed to see this happen. It's a phenomenon that I did not expect to see in post-World War II, the revulsion of what I saw. But anti-Semitism is a component of this and just plain liberalism is another component. I mean the president wants the world to be, he thinks somehow he can force the world to be the world he myopically believes it is. You have to be a realist."