Israeli leader blasts Trump over Netanyahu criticism

October 14, 2023

An Israeli official has drawn attention for criticizing former President Donald Trump over his negative remarks against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Israeli Communications Minister Shlomo Karhi called Trump's words "shameful" during a television interview on Israel's Channel 13 on Thursday.

Trump's comments

“Two nights ago, I read all of Biden’s security people, can you imagine, national defense people, and they said, ‘Gee, I hope Hezbollah doesn’t attack from the north, because that’s the most vulnerable spot,’” Trump said during a rally in West Palm Beach, Florida.

“I said, ‘Wait a minute.’ You know, Hezbollah is very smart. They’re all very smart," he added.

Not alone

The Israeli official wasn't the only one critical of Trump over the remarks.

"Former President Trump's criticism of Israeli officials and labeling of Hezbollah as 'very smart' Wednesday night drew a scathing response from both the White House and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis," Axios reported.

"Trump has a long record of praising the intelligence and authoritarian rule of U.S. adversaries, including Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un," it continued.

Trump team clarifies

"On Thursday, the campaign and a Trump adviser sought to defend and clarify Trump’s remarks, saying he was not praising Hezbollah," according to the Hill.

“President Trump was clearly pointing out how incompetent Biden and his administration were by telegraphing to the terrorists an area that is susceptible to an attack. Smart does not equal good,” read a post from the campaign’s “War Room” account.

Trump was a strong supporter of Israel during his time in the White House, recognizing Jerusalem as the nation's capital and moving the U.S. embassy to the city.

The former president also forged a positive relationship with Netanyahu during their time as national leaders, with Trump becoming the first sitting president to visit the Western Wall in Jerusalem.

Trump's latest remarks may have upset some Israeli's during the recent conflict but his record shows strong support for the Jewish people that he promises to continue if he returns to the White House.

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