Israel’s prime minister-elect called Donald Trump’s dinner with anti-Semite Kanye West and Holocaust denier Nick Fuentes “wrong, misguided and inappropriate.”
Benjamin Netanyahu, who is expected to return to office after elections earlier this month, praised the former president for being a ‘supporter of Israel’ but said he should not repeat the mistake in the future .
Trump has repeatedly said he only knew after the fact that he had dinner with Nick Fuentes, a far-right activist who uses his online platform to spew anti-Semitic and white nationalist rhetoric. Other reports said Trump was “very impressed” with Fuentes at the impromptu dinner party at his Mar-a-Lago estate.
Fuentes arrived in the car with Ye, the rapper formerly known as Kanye West, who in recent weeks has all but ruined his reputation as a musician and fashion giant by making a series of anti-Semitic comments and sharing conspiracy theories unfounded.
Israeli Prime Minister-elect Benjamin Netanyahu (left) called Donald Trump’s (pictured right) dinner with anti-Semite Kanye West and Holocaust denier Nick Fuentes ‘wrong, misguided and misplaced’
“I think that’s what I would say about President Trump’s decision to have dinner with this person who I think is wrong and inappropriate,” Netanyahu told reporter Bari Weiss, in an article that she posted on her “Common Sense” newsletter on Wednesday.
‘I think it’s a mistake. He shouldn’t be doing this,” Netanyahu added.
It was not immediately clear who the future Israeli prime minister was referring to when he said “that person”. He also condemned West’s recent remarks about Jewish people.
Despite the meeting, Netanyahu made it clear that he still appreciates Trump, who made a number of pro-Israel policy decisions during his tenure.
These included moving the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, ending the Iran nuclear deal, recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over the disputed Golan Heights and withdrawing funding Palestinian groups – among other measures.
“He was a tremendous supporter of Israel, and I unabashedly appreciate what he did for Israel,” Netanyahu told Weiss.
“I appreciate everything it takes nothing away. Also, you know, he was very supportive of the Jewish people. So I think he made a mistake. I hope it won’t happen again. That’s all I can tell you. Weiss asked Netanyahu to describe Trump with just one adjective. He chose “irreverent”.
Trump has repeatedly said he only knew after he had dinner with Nick Fuentes (pictured in 2017 sitting in front of a Trump flag), a far-right activist who uses his online platform to spit a anti-Semitic and white nationalist rhetoric.
Fuentes arrived in the car with Ye, the rapper formerly known as Kanye West (pictured), who in recent weeks has all but destroyed his reputation as a musician and fashion giant by making a series of anti-Semitic comments and sharing baseless conspiracy theories.
Trump was reportedly infuriated after dining at Mar-a-Lago in Florida with West and Fuentes. The former president told Fox News on Tuesday he didn’t know who Fuentes was and distanced himself from his racism after being implored to do so by a growing number of other Republicans.
“I had never heard of the man – I had no idea what his opinions were, and they weren’t expressed at the table during our very quick dinner, otherwise it wouldn’t have been accepted,” he told the news channel. Trump called the meeting “uneventful.”
In a video released after the meeting, the scandal-hit West said he told Trump he planned to run for president in 2024 and that the ex-president should be his running mate. Trump, who declared his own candidacy for the White House two weeks ago, was “essentially screaming,” the rapper said in his Twitter video titled “Mar-a-lago debrief.”
“He tried to fuck me. He is crazy. He can’t beat me,’ Trump reportedly told his allies after the controversial dinner, according to NBC News.
An adviser told the outlet that Trump was “totally blindsided” by the “setup” dinner.
The dinner drew a torrent of criticism from both sides of the aisle, including Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, who said it could have wrecked Trump’s chances of running for president in 2024.
Two people familiar with the dinner told NBC News that Trump was warned to be careful before agreeing to a meeting with West amid widespread backlash over anti-Semitic posts on Instagram and Twitter – which led to the downfall of top sponsors like Adidas, Gap and Balenciaga. him.
His net worth plummeted as a result. West, who was worth around $1.5 billion before the controversy, is now worth around $400 million.
“It’s a fucking nightmare,” said a longtime Trump adviser who spoke anonymously to NBC News after dinner.
The source went on to say that she fears the meeting will impact Trump’s chances of winning the Republican nomination in 2024.
Pictured: Trump and Kanye West meet at the White House in 2018
Netanyahu has made it clear that he still appreciates Trump, who made a number of pro-Israel policy decisions during his tenure
Throughout the interview, Netanyahu seemed eager to reassure both Joe Biden’s White House administration and Jews living in the United States about Israel’s new government, which is likely to be backed by extremist parties.
He stressed that he would be the one to decide the government’s policy and that he would not take measures that would further inflame tensions between Israelis and Palestinians. On Thursday, the Israeli army killed two Palestinian militants in a dawn raid on a burning town in the occupied West Bank.
Jenin, as well as the neighboring city of Nablus, have seen an intensification of military operations since a series of Palestinian street attacks in Israeli towns in March.
Netanyahu also stressed that his government would uphold Israeli democracy, amid fears it could try to erase its years-long legal troubles with new legislation pushed forward by its far-right and ultra-Orthodox allies.
Critics say such a legal crusade is an attack on Israeli democracy.
Netanyahu, 73, who is on trial for corruption, will likely be backed by a loyal and comfortable government majority that could give him a lifeline against his conviction.