Incoming Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would not wade into the discussion of former President Trump’s third run for the White House on Sunday.
Netanyahu, who is set to return to power, was pressed by NBC’s “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd on whether he would “like to see” Trump become president again.
“Oh God. I’ve had enough of my politics. I just … went through four of our elections,” Netanyahu replied. “You want me to participate in your election? Keep me out of it.”
Trump, who is facing a series of legal and federal investigations, announced his third bid for the White House at his Mar-a-Lago estate last month.
Asked if Trump would be the ideal leader to collaborate on US-Israel relations, Netanyahu replied that he would “deal with whoever is elected president.”
“Well, let me say that I will deal with anyone who is elected president, those that I have worked with in the past and anyone new who comes to the plate, because the bond between Israel and America, and this was not a shibboleth, this was not just a saying. It is truly a bond between people,” Netanyahu said.
“I’ll do business with anybody, and I sure as hell don’t want to step on that landmine you just laid in front of me, Chuck. Come on, I’ve been in this business long enough, and so have you,” he added. “Keep trying.”
Netanyahu and Trump enjoyed a warm relationship during Trump’s time in office, with the Israeli leader saying during a visit to the White House “Israel has never had a better friend than you.”
But their relationship has been strained as both have lost power and faced various investigations into alleged wrongdoing.
Trump reportedly blasted Netanyahu last December for his disloyalty and criticized the Israeli leader for sending a congratulatory message to President Biden following his victory over Trump in the 2020 election.
And Netanyahu called Trump out on his recent dinner with anti-Semitic rapper Ye and white supremacist Nick Fuentes, telling Todd he thinks Trump “probably understands that it crosses a line.”
“I condemned Kanye West’s anti-Semitic statements,” Netanyahu said in an interview earlier this week. “I immediately thought it was just wrong and out of place. And I think that’s what I would say about President Trump’s decision to have dinner with this person — I think is wrong and out of place. I think it’s a mistake. He shouldn’t do that.”