Trump slams Israeli PM Netanyahu as ‘not prepared’ for Hamas attack

Trump slams Israeli PM Netanyahu as ‘not prepared’ for Hamas attack

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Former President Donald Trump claimed that he would have protected Israel from attack by Hamas as he criticized Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for his country’s massive intelligence failure. Hundreds of terrorists fanned out from the Gaza Strip on Saturday morning to launch a wave of killing that left at least 1200 people dead. Israel’s armed forces did not see the attack coming and were slow to respond.

On Wednesday evening Trump told The Brian Kilmeade Show: '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. He was not prepared. He was not prepared and Israel was not prepared. And under Trump, they wouldn't have had to be prepared.' Hamas prepared for the attacks with a wave of deception. Key figures reportedly used communications channels they knew were being monitored by Israelis to suggest they had cold on the idea of attacking Israel, and also called off border protests.

On Wednesday evening Trump told The Brian Kilmeade Show: ‘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. He was not prepared. He was not prepared and Israel was not prepared. And under Trump, they wouldn’t have had to be prepared.’ Hamas prepared for the attacks with a wave of deception. Key figures reportedly used communications channels they knew were being monitored by Israelis to suggest they had cold on the idea of attacking Israel, and also called off border protests.

In the meantime, Israeli forces were distracted by a surge in violence in the West Bank to the north. Fighters then used drones to knock out remote-controlled surveillance systems and weapons in the first phase of their attack allowing bulldozers to crash through security fences unobserved. 'Who would've thought their intelligence wouldn't have been able to pick this up?' asked Trump, before laying the blame with Netanyahu. '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.'

In the meantime, Israeli forces were distracted by a surge in violence in the West Bank to the north. Fighters then used drones to knock out remote-controlled surveillance systems and weapons in the first phase of their attack allowing bulldozers to crash through security fences unobserved. ‘Who would’ve thought their intelligence wouldn’t have been able to pick this up?’ asked Trump, before laying the blame with Netanyahu. ‘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 delivered his criticism at a time when world leaders and American politicians have gone out of their way to line up behind Israel as it buries its dead. Trump went even further with comments in a rally speech on Wednesday night, when he accused the country's prime minister of betraying him at a crucial moment in the struggle with Iran.

He delivered his criticism at a time when world leaders and American politicians have gone out of their way to line up behind Israel as it buries its dead. Trump went even further with comments in a rally speech on Wednesday night, when he accused the country’s prime minister of betraying him at a crucial moment in the struggle with Iran.

The former president, who is the clear frontrunner to win the Republican Party 's 2024 nomination, told supporters in West Palm Beach, Florida , that his prayers were with Israel. But he could not resist describing how he felt let down by Netanyahu during his time in office as he prepared to take out a top Iranian general in 2020. 'Israel was going to do this with us, and it was being planned and working on it for months,' he said about the plan to kill Gen. Qassem Soleimani, head of Iran's Quds Force.

The former president, who is the clear frontrunner to win the Republican Party ‘s 2024 nomination, told supporters in West Palm Beach, Florida , that his prayers were with Israel. But he could not resist describing how he felt let down by Netanyahu during his time in office as he prepared to take out a top Iranian general in 2020. ‘Israel was going to do this with us, and it was being planned and working on it for months,’ he said about the plan to kill Gen. Qassem Soleimani, head of Iran’s Quds Force.

'We had everything all set to go, and the night before it happened, I got a call that Israel will not be participating in this attack.' He said he was telling the story for the first time. 'I'll never forget that Bibi Netanyahu let us down,' he said, describing his disappointment. The Israeli government was quick to express its anger.

‘We had everything all set to go, and the night before it happened, I got a call that Israel will not be participating in this attack.’ He said he was telling the story for the first time. ‘I’ll never forget that Bibi Netanyahu let us down,’ he said, describing his disappointment. The Israeli government was quick to express its anger.

Communications minister Shlomo Karhi told Israel's Channel 13 that it was 'shameful that a man like that, a former U.S. president, abets propaganda and disseminates things that wound the spirit of Israel's fighters and its citizens,' according to the Associated Press. Trump also praised the Iran-backed Hezbollah group as 'very smart' for the way it went about launching attacks on Israel.

Communications minister Shlomo Karhi told Israel’s Channel 13 that it was ‘shameful that a man like that, a former U.S. president, abets propaganda and disseminates things that wound the spirit of Israel’s fighters and its citizens,’ according to the Associated Press. Trump also praised the Iran-backed Hezbollah group as ‘very smart’ for the way it went about launching attacks on Israel.

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