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Former Israeli PM tears up ‘pathetic’ Trump over fury over recognition of Biden Win

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Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert called Donald Trump “pathetic” and “mad” for profanely attacking Benjamin Netanyahu for acknowledging Joe Biden’s presidential victory in November.

Netanyahu, who was the prime minister of Israel throughout the Trump administration, did what most world leaders do: he recognized and praised the duly-elected President of the United States, Olmert suggested at the meeting. annual Israel-UK leadership dialogue opens Monday. Australia Relations.

Still, Trump would have been furious that Netanyahu congratulated Biden on winning the election.

“I haven’t spoken to him since. Fuck it, “Trump reportedly told Israeli journalist Barak Ravid in an interview earlier this year for Ravid’s new book,” Trump Peace. “

Trump added: “I love Bibi [Netanyahu] … but I also like loyalty. He “could have been silent. He made a terrible mistake.

Olmert called Trump’s reaction “absolutely crazy.” He accused Trump of judging everything according to his own “self-interest.”

“Trump says that the fact that Bibi congratulated Biden is a betrayal, as if the relationship between Israel and America rests entirely on the personal desires of Donald Trump. It’s absolutely crazy. I think he’s a pathetic person. Said Olmert.

He pointed out that, contrary to Trump’s claims that Netanyahu praised Biden “very early on,” he actually waited so long that it “has become embarrassing” from “America’s friendliest nation.” .

Netanyahu himself responded to Trump’s slam last week, noting in a statement that while he appreciates the former president’s work on behalf of the nation, Israel’s relationship with the United States remains vital. and that it was “important” to “congratulate the new president”.

It is highly unusual for Olmert to defend Netanyahu. He stressed that he does not like, does not trust or “does not believe in [Netanyahu’s] integrity.”

Netanyahu served as prime minister of Israel for 15 years, handing over the role last June to Naftali Bennett. He is now considered the leader of the opposition in Israel.

Olmert served 18 months in prison for corruption and obstruction of justice after being convicted in 2014 of accepting bribes from real estate developers while he was mayor of Jerusalem. He was Israeli Prime Minister from 2006 to 2009.

Olmert’s comments about Trump can be seen starting at 12:33 p.m. in the video clip at the top of the Leadership Dialogue opening session.


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