Trump: Israel Will Pay Price for Embassy’s Jerusalem Move

US Embassy in Jerusalem

— Ron Klein, Chairman of Jewish Democratic Council of America

JDCA condemns President Trump’s ominous warning that Israel will have to “pay a higher price” now that the U.S. Embassy has been moved to Jerusalem.

And you know what, in the negotiation Israel will have to pay a higher price because they won a very big thing, but I took it off the table. [The Palestinians] could never get past the fact of Jerusalem becoming the capital, but they will get something very good next because it’s their turn next. (President Donald Trump at West Virginia rally on Augustr 21, 2018)

This statement demonstrates – yet again – that President Trump doesn’t know the first thing about formulating effective U.S. diplomacy and maintaining historic alliances.

Threatening Israel – and offering vague promises to the Palestinians – will not bring peace to the Middle East, nor will it strengthen the U.S.-Israel relationship. Instead, it further diminishes U.S. credibility in the region and breeds distrust among both Israelis and Palestinians.

By threatening to exact a price on Israel for his own flawed policy-making, President Trump has created confusion and distance from the Israeli government. It’s long past time for Trump’s supporters in the pro-Israel community to stop putting party over policy and to speak out against his reckless, and at times incoherent, foreign policy.

Philadelphia Jewish Voice Past President Ronit Treatman Honored

Tonight, we gathered not only to mark the anniversary of our paper, but to honor Ronit Treatman, whose role with The Philadelphia Jewish Voice has been critical to our growth and success.

Dan presents menorah to Ronit

Dan Loeb, founder and publisher of The Philadelphia Jewish Voice, presents a silver menorah to immediate past president Ronit Treatman in thanks for her leadership. Photo by Bonnie Squires.


Ronit began writing for us in 2009. She soon became a regular contributor to the food column, “The Kosher Table,” which was founded by Lisa Tuttle. Ronit eventually succeeded Lisa as food editor in 2010.

Ronit’s food column allows our readers to meet innovative people who are influencing what we eat and how we consume it. The readers are attracted by delicious food which Ronit and her writers present, but she does not simply present recipes. Instead, the reader is invited to explore culinary trends and ingredients, and the way they are intertwined with Jewish history, geography, and traditions.

Ronit is our guide as we can travel around the world and experience its diverse Jewish communities, and the native flavors found in their regional culinary specialties. She helps us discover our own local farms, artisan purveyors, and restaurants.

Ronit passionately embraces new technology – spearheading the Philadelphia Jewish Voice’s use of social media – and incorporating video in her columns. For example, her video in colonial garb, showing how cholent was prepared in America hundreds of years ago.

Ronit’s writing has an international appeal. In fact, her article on kosher locust attracted attention around the world and landed her an interview on the Public Radio International’s program, “The World”.

Beyond her column, Ronit helps in all aspects of our paper and its leadership. Ronit has just concluded two years as president of The Philadelphia Jewish Voice. She served with her usual thorough, intelligent and insightful approach, helping to build the publication and encourage its volunteers, presiding over a period of growth, innovation and success for The Philadelphia Jewish Voice.

Treatman family

The Treatman family. Photo by Bonnie Squires.


Ronit is a wonderful ambassador for the modern Jewish family and for her love of Israel. She was born in Israel and has lived in Ethiopia and Venezuela before settling in Philadelphia. She graduated from the International School of Caracas, is fluent in five languages and has a B.S. in international business from Temple University.

Ronit’s devotion to The Philadelphia Jewish Voice is typical of her commitment to Israel and the Jewish Community. Ronit served as a volunteer with the Liaison to Foreign Forces Unit of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). She and her husband – the successful lawyer and real estate developer Howard Treatman – are active members of the Germantown Jewish Centre. She is committed to fighting the Boycott, Divest & Sanction movement and anti-Zionist propaganda in our community.

Ronit’s children Devorah, David and Hannah share their parents’ passion for Israel. They have attended Jewish day schools, and Devorah recently completed her service in the IDF. With such role models it is no wonder that the children are carrying on their parents’ commitment to community and leadership.

Please Support the Philadelphia Jewish Voice

Philadelphia Jewish Voice’s board members celebrate winning second place for online presence in the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association’s 2011 Newspaper of the Year Competition.

Dear Readers,

The Philadelphia Jewish Voice is a completely virtual organization. All of our authors are unpaid volunteers, who write because they love to do so. We run a very tight ship, with few expenses and almost no advertising.

In order to continue doing what we do, we rely on you, our readers, to contribute financially.

We expect to implement some exciting changes to our site in the coming year. Please give as generously as possible — no amount is too modest.

Thank you!

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Checks should be sent to the Philadelphia Jewish Voice treasurer, Eric Smolen, 327 Pembroke Road, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004.

The Philadelphia Jewish Voice is organized pursuant to Pennsylvania’s non-profit corporation law. We have tax-exempt status under IRS Code Section 501(c)(3). Contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

More ways in which you can help after the jump.
The Philadelphia Jewish Voice is an online community-based newspaper and we appreciate your commitment of any kind. Besides financial donations, you can help us in many ways:

Sincerely yours,

Dan Loeb,

Ronit Treatman