Trump Slams Netanyahu in Florida Rally, Sparks GOP Outrage

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According to a report by RawStory on Wednesday, October 11, 2023, Donald Trump launched a scathing attack on former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a rally in Florida on Wednesday night, accusing him of betraying him and the Republican Party.

Trump, who is widely seen as a potential candidate for the 2024 GOP nomination, blamed Netanyahu for his lack of support in the 2020 drone strike that killed Iranian general Qassim Suleimani and for his quick congratulation of Joe Biden’s election victory.

“Netanyahu, let us down. He was weak and spineless. He didn’t stand up for us when we took out the world’s number one terrorist.

He didn’t fight for us when the Democrats stole the election. He was the first one to call Sleepy Joe and congratulate him.

He stabbed us in the back,” Trump said to a cheering crowd of thousands of supporters.

Trump’s remarks came just days after a deadly terrorist attack in Israel that killed six people and injured dozens more.

The attack, which was claimed by Hamas, was the worst violence in the region since the 11-day war in May that ended with a fragile ceasefire.

Trump claimed that he was the best friend that Israel ever had and that he had done more for the Jewish state than any other president in history.

He cited his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, his relocation of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, his withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, and his brokering of normalization agreements between Israel and several Arab countries.

“I made Israel great again. I made peace in the Middle East. I made America respectable again. But Netanyahu didn’t appreciate it.

He betrayed me, and he betrayed you. He is a loser and a liar,” Trump said.

Trump also criticized Netanyahu’s successor, Naftali Bennett, who formed a coalition government with centrist and left-wing parties in June, ending Netanyahu’s 12-year rule.

Trump said that Bennett was a puppet of Biden and that he would surrender to Iran and Hamas.

“Bennett is a disaster for Israel. He is weak and incompetent. He is controlled by Biden and the radical left.

He will give up everything we have achieved. He will cave in to Iran and give them billions of dollars. He will let Hamas fire rockets at Israel without any response. He will destroy Israel,” Trump said.

Trump urged his supporters to stand with him and reject Biden’s policies, which he said were endangering America and its allies.

He repeated his baseless claims that the 2020 election was rigged and that he would be reinstated as president soon.

“We have to fight for our country. We have to stop the theft. We have to save America and Israel from the radical Democrats. We have to make America great again,” Trump said.

Trump’s comments drew sharp criticism from some of his potential rivals for the 2024 GOP nomination, such as Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who denounced them as absurd and harmful to Israel, a key ally of the US.

“President Trump is entitled to his opinion, but I disagree with him on this issue. Netanyahu is a great leader and a friend of America.

He has done a lot for Israel’s security and prosperity. He has also been supportive of our administration and our policies. I think it is wrong to attack him in this way,” DeSantis said in a statement.

DeSantis added that he supported Bennett’s government and that he hoped to work with him to strengthen the US-Israel relationship.

“I respect Bennett as the democratically elected prime minister of Israel. I congratulate him on forming a diverse coalition that represents different views and backgrounds.

I look forward to working with him to advance our common interests and values,” DeSantis said.

 

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