Israel’s Netanyahu Slams Trump

Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu

( – As he returns to power, Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu criticized former U.S. President Donald Trump after Trump had dinner with Kanye West and Nick Fuentes, both of whom have expressed anti-Semitic views.

Netanyahu, Israel’s Prime Minister-designate, spoke on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday, declaring Trump did the wrong thing by inviting West and Fuentes inside his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida after the two of them arrived uninvited.

Many senior Republicans have already criticized the former president. During his term in the White House, he had very close relations with Netanyahu, who is about to become Israel’s Prime Minister for the third time after winning a general election in October.

In his question to the Israeli leader, NBC anchor Chuck Todd said that Trump had “consistently flirted with some really fringe characters that spout this antisemitic behavior, that preach white nationalism,” without denouncing that.  

“He has yet to denounce Kanye West at all, has yet to denounce being with the white supremacist days ago. Why do you think he halls this difficulty, do you think?” Todd asked.

Netanyahu responded by first lauding Trump for what he had done to help Israel.

“First, President Trump does great things for Jerusalem. He moved the American embassy there, recognized our sovereignty in the Golan Heights. He got out of the disastrous Iran deal, which would have paved Iran’s path with gold. So he’s done great things. I remain appreciative,” the Israeli Prime Minister-designated replied.

“On this matter of Kanye West and the other unacceptable guest, I think it’s just wrong. I hope he sees his way to staying out of it and condemning it,” Netanyahu added.

He went on to condemn anti-Semitism and any glorification of the Nazis.

“You don’t praise Hitler. How can you praise Hitler? He was the greatest mass killer of all time. Anybody who praises him is wrong. Anybody who gives him legitimacy is wrong,” the Israeli leader stated.

NBC’s Chuck Todd then asked him whether he thought a potential embrace of anti-Semitism by Trump would “wipe away anything good he did for Israel.” 

“If it’s systemic and continues, and I doubt that it will because I think he probably understands that it crosses a line,” Netanyahu responded. 

Media reports claim relations between Trump and Netanyahu worsened after the 2020 presidential election because the latter went ahead and congratulated Joe Biden on his victory. 

“I haven’t spoken to him since. F**k him,” Trump told a reporter in 2021, claims an Axios report