Netanyahu Touts 'Vital' Israel-US Alliance After Expletive-Laden Trump Savaging Over Biden Call
11:58 GMT 11.12.2021 (Updated: 12:03 GMT 11.12.2021)
Former President Donald Trump expressed vehement disappointment with ex-Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over congratulating Joe Biden on his election victory in November 2020, according to journalist Barak Ravid, who interviewed the ex-POTUS for his new book "Trump’s Peace: The Abraham Accords and the Reshaping of the Middle East".
Benjamin Netanyahu cited the importance of the Israel-US alliance on Friday as he defended congratulating
Joe Biden on his victory in the 2020 presidential election, according to a statement from Netanyahu's office, cited by The Times of Israel
"Former Prime Minister Netanyahu really appreciates the great contribution that President Trump made to the State of Israel and its security. He also really appreciates the importance of the strong alliance between Israel and the US, and it was therefore important for him to congratulate the incoming president", the statement added, referring to Biden.
The response from the leader of the opposition and chairman of the Likud – National Liberal Movement come after Axios reported that Trump had savaged Netanyahu during a 90-minute interview for journalist Barak Ravid in April at Mar-a-Lago.
Donald Trump expressed profound bitterness with one of his closest foreign allies during his four years in office over the former Israeli prime minister's decision to congratulate Biden too quickly on his victory in November 2020, and after his inauguration in January 2021.
Trump railed against the presidential election that pitted him against Democrat Biden as mired in inconsistencies and "rigged
" to favour his opponent.
"He was very early — like, earlier than most. I haven't spoken to him since. F*** him", Trump was said to have told the Axios journalist.
Insisting that he "liked Bibi" and still does, Trump emphasised how much he valued loyalty, continuing:
"For Bibi Netanyahu, before the ink was even dry, to do a message, and not only a message, to do a tape to Joe Biden talking about their great, great friendship — they didn't have a friendship, because if they did, [the Obama administration] wouldn't have done the Iran deal…".
The former president also stressed that his decision to unilaterally scrap the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, also known as the Iran nuclear deal
in 2018, was "because of my relations with Israel", and insisted that if he had not done so, "Israel would have been destroyed maybe by now".
Speaking of the current Vienna talks aimed at restoring the 2015 nuclear deal with, he said: "…Guess what, now they're going to do it again".
Trump deplored the move as a "terrible mistake".
5 December 2021, 04:07 GMT
The 45th president of the United States spoke to Ravid in April and July for the Israeli reporter's new Hebrew-language book, "Trump’s Peace: The Abraham Accords and the Reshaping of the Middle East". Excerpts from the interview were released Friday by the daily Yedioth Ahronoth ahead of the book's release on Sunday.