Netanyahu hopes Trump will condemn anti-Semitism after dinner with Ye and Nick Fuentes


  • Benjamin Netanyahu said he hoped Donald Trump would condemn anti-Semitism after his dinner with Ye and Nick Fuentes.
  • In an interview with NBC, Netanyahu avoided harsh criticism of the former president and praised his policy involving Israel.
  • Netanyahu, a longtime Trump ally, won re-election last month and is expected to return to power as prime minister.

Israeli Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu said he hoped to see former President Donald Trump, his longtime ally, condemn anti-Semitism following Trump’s controversial dinner with outspoken white supremacists.

Trump faced backlash from his own party after his Mar-a-Lago dinner with Ye, the rapper formerly known as Kanye West who made anti-Semitic threats, and white nationalist Nick Fuentes.

On Sunday’s “Meet the Press” program on NBC News, host Chuck Todd asked Netanyahu, who is expected to return to power after his election victory last month, about his “unique relationship” with the former president.

“He’s constantly flirted with really fringe characters spouting out this anti-Semitic behavior, preaching white supremacy and white nationalism, things like that. And he’s not calling it out. He hasn’t called out Kanye West at all yet. He’s still denouncing that he was with a white supremacist a few days ago,” Todd said. “Why is he having this difficulty do you think?

“On this issue, on Kanye West and this other unacceptable guest, I think it’s not just unacceptable, it’s just wrong. And I hope he finds a way to stay out of it and make it happen. condemn,” Netanyahu said after listing the “big things.” “He believed Trump had done that for Israel during his tenure, including recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal.

Todd questioned whether Trump’s “behavior creates death threats against Jews” by inspiring anti-Semitism, citing the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh that left eleven people dead.

“You want to praise him for what he’s done for you. It’s an ‘ends justify the means’ argument,” Todd said, asking if Trump’s rhetoric erases “everything good he’s done.” for Israel?”

“If it’s systemic and ongoing, and I doubt it is because I think he probably understands that it crosses a line,” Netanyahu said.

Todd said Netanyahu was “more critical of some congressional Democrats who criticize the Israeli government than you are of a Donald Trump, who elevates people who praise Hitler.”

“Does it fall under that kind of transaction if it’s, you know, ‘But they’re helping Israel. And if they’re helping Israel, that has to come first?'” Todd asked.

“Sorry, Chuck, I just quashed that argument about this very program and previous programs when I came out very strongly against this meeting with these anti-Semitic rants, which, in the case of at least one of the attendees, seemed to be something that is, how to say, related to personalities probably more than opinions,” Netanyahu said. “But they’re pretty bad either way. You don’t excuse them. Whoever says that for whatever reason is wrong. You don’t praise Hitler.”



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