The former president’s meal with two anti-Semites a week ago, according to Benjamin Netanyahu, the future Israeli prime minister who has claimed that Donald Trump was Israel’s closest ally ever in the White House, was a “mistake.”
In an interview with Bari Weiss that the opinion writer published Wednesday in her newsletter, Common Sense, Netanyahu said, “I think that’s what I would say about President Trump’s decision to dine with this person I think is misguided and misplaced.” “I believe that to be an error. He shouldn’t act in that way.
Weiss had questioned Netanyahu about Trump’s encounters with Nick Fuentes, a Holocaust denier and antisemite Ye now consults, and Kanye West, the artist and fashion designer now known as Ye.
Netanyahu said he also criticized Ye’s latest words, which accuse Jews of exercising outsized control and declared “death con three on the Jews.” It was unclear which one of the two Netanyahu was addressing as “this person.”
Netanyahu’s remarks come as he is criticized for forming a cabinet with declared homophobes and individuals who support the ideologies of the most recent racist rabbi, Meir Kahane, and for collaborating with extremists.
Netanyahu violated a tradition of not favoring one U.S. president over another when he became prime minister in 2020.
When Trump was about to announce an Israeli-Palestinian peace plan, Netanyahu declared, “We have the best friend Israel has ever had in the White House.”
When the Palestinians refused to examine the idea because they believed it heavily favored Israel, it was already doomed.
In his interview with Weiss, Netanyahu reiterated his admiration for Trump, who shaped American policy to support Netanyahu’s goals by, among other things, dumping the Iran nuclear deal, moving the embassy to Jerusalem, cutting off funding to the Palestinians, and recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights.
He has been a huge supporter of Israel, and I am sincerely grateful for all he has done.
“I value everything it adds rather than subtracts. Additionally, he has shown a great deal of support for the Jewish community. I, therefore, believe that he erred. I hope that won’t happen again.
That is all I have to say to you.
Prominent Republicans, including David Friedman, who Trump appointed as his ambassador to Israel and who collaborated closely with Netanyahu to put his reforms into effect in the United States, have slammed Trump over the meeting. Israel’s stance.
According to Trump, he met with Ye because he was a friend in need and had no idea who Fuentes was.