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SEE THE VIDEOS: US Ambassador to Israel Jack Lew Visits Leading Gedolim In Bnei Brak, Says “The War Is Very Unpopular In America”

Jack Lew, who was confirmed as the US Ambassador to Israel at the end of October, visited a number of Gedolim in Bnei Brak on Wednesday.

He was accompanied on some of the visits by UTJ MK Yitzchak Pindrus.

HaGaon HaRav Dov Landau spoke to Lew, who is Shomer Shabbos, about how Am Yisrael differs from other nations. Pindrus then turned to the Rosh Yeshivah and said: “Because he’s a frum Jew, he understands this.” The Rosh Yeshivah answered: “It’s obvious. I saw it in his eyes.”

In his comments, Lew told HaRav Moshe Hillel Hirsch that the war in Gaza is “very unpopular” in the United States.

“Since October 7, I think the world has seen that for most of his life, Joe Biden is a Zionist. He believes in Israel and believes in the need for a Jewish homeland. Since October 7, the world has seen how he responds to tragedy,” he added.

“It’s not easy because it’s a very hard war and it’s not a very popular war in the United States — very unpopular,” Lew said. “He’s trying to make his positions clear while being able to continue to help Israel accomplish what it needs to accomplish — and when he needs to, saying when he thinks Israel needs to do some things differently — as friends must.”

At the home of HaGaon HaRav Moshe Hillel Hirsch, Lew spoke to the Rosh Yeshivah, who speaks fluent English, privately.
Shuki Lehrer
At the home of HaGaon HaRav Dov Povarsky. The Rosh Yeshivah told Lew: “We are full of appreciation to the United States for standing up to Israel.” Lew expressed his displeasure at the increase in antisemitism in the US and said that this is a difficult time for the United States and he hopes it will end soon. (Photo: Shuki Lehrer)
At the home of HaGaon HaRav Meir Tzvi Bergman, who also expressed his appreciation to the US.
Photo: Shuki Lehrer
At the home of HaGaon HaRav Shlomo Machpoud.
Photo: Shuki Lehrer

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)

19 Responses

  1. It shows how Biden & friends are thinking. They perceive the war as unpopular among what they perceive as the primary constituency. Polls suggest the Democratic leadership is deceiving. Part of the impact may be that Trump may be the first Republican to get support from a majority of Jewish voters since the early 20th century, but more importantly, Biden risks alienating a large number of moderate voters who will either vote for Trump or for a third party candidate or abstain – giving Trump a major victory (assuming Trump can modify his “America First” isolationism such that it allows for support for Israel, and others).

  2. Well, Jak, why don’t you tell your idiot president to implement policies that don’t provoke war unfortunately, he’s too evil or stupid to do that

  3. Lew is clearly gaslighting. Unfortunately our history is full of such “well-meaning” Jews who hurt us more than they realize. We had them throughout history. V’Hakdosh Boruch Hu matzilenu m’yodom.
    Biden is a liar, has no morals, is no Zionist and is a danger to Ahm Yisroel and Eretz Yisroel. Full stop.

  4. He’s a lying piece of garbage! But then again different from a Democrat. Someone should quickly tell Rav Hirsch that in the USA according to most surveys, people are favoring the Israelis by more then 2:1 to beat the living daylights out of the Arabs.

  5. Meeting with our Gedolim is a very important step. However, Ambassador Lew is trying to get the Frum to understand the political situation as it relates to Biden’s elect-ability if he supports an unpopular war with his Democratic constituency. That doesn’t mean the war isn’t justified, or that the death totals are not Hamas’ fault (using human shields, embedded tunnels, etc.), or that Israel isn’t doing a better job than any country in a war this size to limit civilian deaths and injuries, or that Israel hasn’t done more than other countries to allow humanitarian aid. No, this is the predicament that the Democrats are in, their popularity is sliding, and student protests are getting pervasive coverage (supported by Biden proxies), so they are driving a message to the Islamic and young americans for election support. He will also try to cancel some student loans. Still, he’s not the man Americans want for President anymore, he’s been very deficient and increasingly so.

  6. One of Israel Kings said that the Jewish people can not do a sin that will warrant the complete destruction of they’re existence cause then no world and if the Jewish people was about to get destroyed then we would see some punishment but we know that the Torah is not a commodity and it is possible for a nation to sin till God destroys them and if we don’t see it coming it’s cause we aren’t worthy of knowing what kind of thing is coming

  7. Jack Lew is serving as an apologist for Biden’s anti-Israel arms embargo. As a Jew, he should do the honorable thing and resign in protest.

    an Israeli Yid

  8. It seems like his visit is a campaign stop to help raise Biden’s popularity among Jews. It’s a shame a frum person allows himself to be used as a pawn like this. What Biden says and what he does are not the same. The war being “very unpopular” is said to be by a very loud minority of people, many in high places. Frum people should not be in politics.

  9. Would you meet with Biden or his שליח לדבר עבירה? Ask yourself who lost their moral מצפן?

  10. What a filthy liar he is. The war is very popular in America.

    The vast majority of Americans absolutely support Israel and wish it were doing more damage to the terrorists. It’s only unpopular among the America-haters who are now the base of the Democrat party. It was only 20 years ago that Democrats pretended outrage at having their patriotism questioned; now they open reject patriotism and and proclaim treason. And Lew is pretending they are representative of America.

    What kind of shomer mitzvos is this? He should immediately stop wearing tefillin and start eating cheeseburgers in public, because none of his mitzvos are worth anything when he’s a traitor to the Jewish nation.

  11. Lew is a blatant liar.

    The war in Gaza is only unpopular with Muslim jihadists, Marxists, black race hustlers, and radical anti-Semitic Democrats in the US.

    The majority of normal, non-Muslim Americans are rooting for Israel to destroy Hamas.

    Normal Americans understand that Hamas is a mortal enemy of all non-Muslims.

  12. The US Ambassador to Israel is shamefully silent of what is happening to Jews in Israel and America. It is disheartening to see him make a tour spreading disinformation. Although shomer shabbos, he in no way, is someone to be trusted with the fate of Jews anywhere. His track record speaks for him. He is hard left of left. Most disappointing was that he helped develop the Obama appeasement plan with Iran who now throw missiles at civilian cities in Israel. As a Jew of high power, he should be standing together with Jewish kids on colleges campuses who are literally surrounded by Hamas operatives and their idiot supporters. As Jews in America experience the same blood libel climate of 1930s Germany, it is sinful how many Jews in our government are not only silent but are enabling our tormentors.

  13. Unpopular? Joke! Its the first cause of spike of antisemitism.
    Its a war with a lost cause.
    This war is endangering Klal Yisrael.
    What dont the Gedolim understand?!
    This new invasion is the culprit of more violence.
    Wake up people!

  14. Miriam,

    You sound brilliant! The war is the cause of Anti-Semitism?! Really now! Gotta be a true fool to think that. It’s simply bringing all the Anti-Semites out of the woodwork. That’s all!
    And how would you propose the right way is to fight this ruthless enemy called Hamas? Curious where you live. Israel absolutely cannot stop this war without completely obliterating Hamas and their supporters. If they do, Oct 7 is just the new norm. So perhaps think before typing away.

  15. Mr. Lew stop lying to Rabbonim:
    While the anti-Israel voters are extremely vocal, a Harvard poll in February 2024 revealed that 82% of Americans support Israel in its war against Hamas and 68% said that they believe Israel is doing what it can to avoid civilian casualties.

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