In a shocking and exclusive interview, former U.S. President Donald Trump ripped his former close ally – former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli journalist Barak Ravid reported.
Ravid reported: “Trump repeatedly criticized Netanyahu during two interviews for my book, ‘Trump’s Peace: The Abraham Accords and the Reshaping of the Middle East.’ The final straw for Trump was when Netanyahu congratulated President-elect Biden for his election victory while Trump was still disputing the result.”
"The first person that congratulated [Biden] was Bibi Netanyahu, the man that I did more for than any other person I dealt with. ... Bibi could have stayed quiet. He has made a terrible mistake,” Trump said, according to the article.
“I liked Bibi. I still like Bibi. But I also like loyalty. The first person to congratulate Biden was Bibi," Trump told Ravid, referring to Netanyahu by his nickname. "And not only did he congratulate him, he did it on tape."
"He was very early – like, earlier than most. I haven’t spoken to him since. F**k him."
Other world leaders did congratulate Biden first, according to Ravid. But Netanyahu came out with a video of congratulations to Biden, albeit some 12 hours after the results were announced.
Trump was considered one of the most pro-Israel presidents in American – if not world – history. He moved the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, acknowledged the city as Israel’s capital and recognized Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights.
Trump and Netanyahu were extremely close during Trump’s term in office. Probably the hallmark of both of their terms in recent years was the signing of the historic Abraham Accords, the normalization of relations between four Muslim nations and the State of Israel.
In response to Trump's attack, Netanyahu’s office released a statement: “Former Prime Minister Netanyahu really appreciates the great contribution that president Trump made to the State of Israel and its security.”
The All Israel News Staff is a team of journalists in Israel.