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Trump: “Netanyahu deserves criticism for October 7”

Published 2 May 2024
- By Editorial Staff
Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu (2020).

On October 7, Hamas and other Palestinian militant groups carried out coordinated attacks against Israel, killing 1,143 people and wounding thousands.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been harshly criticized for failing to prevent the technologically inferior Palestinians from attacking – and Donald Trump agrees.

– Bibi Netanyahu rightfully has been criticized for what took place on Oct. 7, Trump told TIME in an interview.

– Oct. 7 should have never happened. Everything was there to stop that. And a lot of people knew about it, you know, thousands and thousands of people knew about it, but Israel didn’t know about it, and I think he’s being blamed for that very strongly.

Trump, who has profiled himself as a very close friend of Israel, is also unhappy that Netanyahu “dropped out” of the US-led operation in Iraq, where Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani was killed in a drone strike.

– I had a bad experience with Bibi And I was not happy about that. That was something I never forgot. And it showed me something.

Won’t name a favorite

Trump, however, would not say whether he preferred Netanyahu’s main rival – retired army general Benny Gantz – as Israel’s next leader.

– I think Benny Gantz is good, but I’m not prepared to say that. I haven’t spoken to him about it. But you have some very good people that I’ve gotten to know in Israel that could do a good job.

Gantz, who is also a member of Netanyahu’s war cabinet, has called elections for September, and at present Israeli public support for the prime minister is weak – largely due to widespread dissatisfaction with the handling of the Hamas attacks and the subsequent war.

Many Israelis are also critical of the fact that a large number of hostages taken by Hamas on October 7 have not yet been released – and say that Netanyahu does not appear to be making their release a priority.

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