Bibi defends message to Biden that made Trump swear — Analysis

Benjamin Netanyahu, former Prime Minister of Israel, has defend his decision to send Joe Biden a congratulations on his victory in the election. Donald Trump, who was once close to Netanyahu’s side, found it offensive.

“I highly appreciate President Trump’s big contribution to Israel and its security,”Netanyahu stated this in a statement Friday. 

“I also appreciate the importance of the strong alliance between Israel and the US and therefore it was important for me to congratulate the incoming president,” he added, referring to his message to Biden in the days after last November’s US presidential election, issued whilst Trump was still disputing Biden’s win.

‘F**k him’: Trump rips former ally Netanyahu for disloyalty

Trump was furious at the message of congratulations. In a series of interviews for an upcoming book, the former president complained that Netanyahu hailed Biden’s victory “before the ink was even dry.” 

“He was very early – like, earlier than most. I haven’t spoken to him since. F**k him,”Trump declared.

Trump has a reputation for making insulting comments against world leaders. However, he didn’t publicly criticize Netanyahu while he was in office. A staunch and vocal supporter of Israel, Trump handed Netanyahu a number of high-profile political and diplomatic victories after taking office in 2016, including moving the US embassy in Israel to the disputed city of Jerusalem, pulling the US out of the Iran nuclear deal, and formally recognizing Syria’s Golan Heights territory as a part of Israel.

Trump also assisted in the brokering of the Abraham Accords. This landmark deal saw Israel normalize diplomatic relations to the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. Later, Sudan and Morocco were added. 

Trump and Netanyahu are both currently out of office. Trump is hinting at a run for president in 2024, while Netanyahu serves as the leader of the Israeli opposition. When both men were in power, they projected an image of unity, though author Barak Ravid – who interviewed Trump for the upcoming book – noted in an Axios report that Trump privately “felt he’d helped ensure Netanyahu’s political survival, but didn’t get the same in return.”



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