(TheRedWire.com) – On Wednesday, former President Donald Trump slammed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for letting the U.S. down in 2020 after they killed a top Iranian general. The criticisms come only days after Israel faced a deadly attack by Hamas, a militant group controlling Gaza.
In his speech, Trump alleged that the discussion between Israeli leaders and the Biden administration suggests that they assisted Hezbollah, which the U.S. considers a terror organization. His criticisms did not end there, though, as in an interview on Thursday, Trump suggested that if he were still the President, Israel would not have needed to “be prepared.” Furthermore, he called the defense minister of Israel a “jerk.”
These comments could result in Trump getting backlash from many Republican leaders, including his rivals in the Republican primary race, former Vice President Mike Pence and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. Other members of the Republican party could also end up criticizing Trump over these remarks, as most party members are pro-Israel.
Republican strategist Alex Storman suggested that it was a “strategic mistake” on Trump’s part and that if he were one of the GOP candidates, he would use Trump’s comments in ads against the former President.
DeSantis posted on X, formerly known as Twitter, his criticisms of Trump’s position regarding Israel and stated that terrorists were responsible for the deaths of at least 22 Americans and 1,200 Israelis. He added that more people were being held hostage by the terror group, so it is absurd that someone running for the White House would choose to attack Israel, a longstanding ally of the United States, while praising Hezbollah terrorists.
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