But after being introduced as “a mensch with chutzpah,” the billionaire got booed for refusing to promise that he would move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem if elected. He did not back away from comments he made to the Associated Press the day before, in which he suggested that peace depends on Israel being “willing to sacrifice certain things.”
But the most memorable parts of his presentation were a series of jokes that played on centuries-old Jewish stereotypes, including that people of the faith are stingy or money grubbing. “I’m a negotiator — like you folks,” he said at one point. “Is there anyone here who doesn’t negotiate deals?” Making matters worse, Trump repeatedly said that the people in the room were never going to back him because he is self-funding his campaign. “You’re not going to support me because I don’t want your money,” he said. The comments made waves in the Israeli media.
And Carson remains attempting to speak of matters out of his league:
That did not stop him from repeatedly mispronouncing Hamas. He called the terror group “hummus,” like the chickpea spread, but then alternated to different pronunciations at other moments. Trying to show a command of foreign policy, he rattled off a bunch of events from Israel’s history.