Former president Donald Trump criticizes Netanyahu and Israeli intelligence

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Former President Donald J. Trump, who frequently paints himself as the fiercest defender of Israel, criticized Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli intelligence in a speech in Florida just days after Hamas attacks rocked the country.

Former president Donald Trump criticizes Netanyahu and Israeli intelligence

United States(US) Former President Donald Trump, who frequently paints himself as the fiercest defender of Israel, criticized Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli intelligence in a speech in Florida just days after Hamas attacks rocked the country. 

The attacks were a major focus of Mr. Trump’s remarks in Florida, which is home to a significant number of Jewish voters. As he has recently, Mr. Trump attacked US President Joe Biden, blaming him for the assault and repeating a falsehood about US funds to Iran, a longtime backer of Hamas. He also repeated his suggestion that the bloodshed would not have happened if he were president.

"We have to protect Israel. There’s no choice. And we have to do it. He has been hurt very badly because of what’s happened here. Netanyahu let us down, he was not prepared. He was not prepared and Israel was not prepared. And under Trump, they wouldn’t have had to be prepared, If the election wasn’t rigged, there would be nobody even thinking about going into Israel," Trump noted.

"Who would’ve thought their intelligence wouldn’t have been able to pick this up? Thousands of people were involved. Thousands of people knew about it and they let this slip by. That was not a good thing for him or for anybody," he added.

'HEZBOLLAH VERY SMART'

“You know, Hezbollah is very smart, They’re all very smart,” Trump said. 

His praise of Hezbollah was described as absurd on x , formerly twitter

Trump spokesman Steven Cheung defended the former president’s comments as meant to criticize unspecified US officials for giving Hezbollah the idea to attack from the north. He said Trump was referring to a briefing by a senior U.S. defense official on Monday that expressed concern about Hezbollah opening a second front.

WHAT HAPPENED

Hamas's military wing, the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, announced that they launched a comprehensive attack against Israel called "Al-Aqsa Flood" on the morning of October 7.

While thousands of rockets were fired from Gaza towards Israel, armed groups entered the settlements in the region.

The Israeli army also launched an attack on the Gaza Strip with dozens of warplanes.

Source: Newsroom

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