Donald Trump: I Think Obama ‘Hates Israel’
Donald Trump’s latest target is President Barack Obama. During a campaign speech on Thursday, he suggested that Obama hates Israel.
“So many friends in Israel, they don’t know what happened. They have a president who — they actually think Obama hates Israel. I think he does,” Trump said during a campaign speech in Reno, Nevada.
This isn’t the first time Trump has made this claim. In fact, he said the same thing in Dec. 2014.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 20, 2014
While Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have long had a frosty personal relationship, even Netanyahu has repeatedly described relations between the two countries as “stronger than ever” under Obama’s presidency.
Obama has been critical of Netanyahu’s at-times heated rhetoric toward Palestinians and, like past U.S. presidents, has criticized continued settlement construction in the West Bank, but has also reaffirmed strong U.S. support for Israel.
But many Israelis and some American Jews have suggested that Obama has not been a strong enough supporter of Israel.
Trump spent much of Thursday’s speech slamming the questions he and the other GOP presidential candidates fielded the night before in the CNBC Republican presidential debate and, once again, touted online surveys that deemed him the victor.
He also played up the feud between former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, saying “last night the heat came out” and that there was a “lot of hatred between those two.”
He also said he believed both Rubio and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz “did well” in the debate.
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