Jerusalem24 – Last night, several Israeli news channels and websites revealed details about statements made by former US President Donald Trump that were published by Israeli journalist Barak Ravid.
Trump directed criticism of former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who he described as a traitor for congratulating Joe Biden’s electoral victory in 2020. Trump also said that Netanyahu was not ready for peace, unlike the Palestinians.
He also praised current Israel Defense Minister, Benny Gantz, who he says would have been easier to strike a deal with the Palestinians.
Trump also revealed that that he was disappointed with the Israeli head of state, even on a personal level. “I haven’t spoken with him since then,” says Trump. Then he adds, “F— him.”
He also said that Netanyahu was angry when he proposed that Netanyahu freeze settlement construction for a while.
He also added that Netanyahu was rejecting the possibility of making a political deal with the Palestinians, even though the latter was describing all American actions as wonderful and important. Trump didn’t believe that he was ready to sign an agreement with the Palestinians, unlike Gantz who was ready to do so.
“I think Abu Mazen wants to make a deal more than Netanyahu,” said Trump. “I had a great meeting with him, we spent a lot of time and talked about a lot of things.”
When describing his meeting with Netanyahu afterwards he said, “I told him I had a good meeting with Abbas and we could make a deal, and then he said to me (ie, Netanyahu): Let’s not rush, then I said to him: Wait a minute, you don’t want to make a deal? And then I thought he didn’t really want a deal.”
Trump expressed his surprise at what he saw in Israel and Palestine. He said, “I [had] thought the Palestinians were impossible, and the Israelis would do anything to make peace and a deal. I found that not to be true.”