Netanyahu: Trump must ‘condemn’ anti-Semitism after Kanye and Fuente’s dinner | Benjamin Netanyahu

Donald Trump should “condemn” anti-Semitism after his meeting with rapper Ye and Nick Fuentes, Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday.

The former and likely future Israeli prime minister told NBC’s Meet the Press that the former president’s recent dinner with the rapper formerly known as Kanye West, who has repeatedly made anti-Semitic remarks, and Fuentes, a white nationalist and Holocaust denier, was “not just unacceptable, it’s just wrong”.

Netanyahu was Israel’s prime minister during Trump’s time in power and is expected to return to power in the coming weeks.

He has repeatedly praised Trump for his support for Israel, which included a controversial recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights. Speaking to NBC, Netanyahu also praised Trump for formally recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, a move global and regional leaders said could derail the peace process and empower extremists.

But he criticized Trump’s November dinner with Ye and Fuentes.

“Regarding this case, about Kanye West and the other unacceptable guest, I think it’s not just unacceptable, it’s just wrong. And I hope he sees his way out of it and condemns it,” Netanyahu said.

Trump met with Ye and Fuentes on Nov. 22 at Mar-a-Lago, the Florida resort where he now lives. The former president has said he did not know Fuentes was participating, but has not condemned either Ye or Fuentes’ anti-Semitic views and statements.

Asked if Trump’s apparent embrace of anti-Semitism would “wipe out everything good he did for Israel,” Netanyahu said: “If it’s systemic and continues, and I doubt it will, because I think he probably understands, that it crosses a line.”

Netanyahu won a majority in November, helped by ultra-Orthodox parties and an alliance with the far right. He is in the process of forming a government. He was previously Prime Minister from 1996 to 1999 and again from 2009 to 2021.

Trump and Netanyahu were close allies, but relations – at least from Trump’s side – have soured since he left the White House.

In 2021, Trump reportedly told a reporter that Netanyahu “made a terrible mistake” in congratulating Joe Biden on his election victory.

“I haven’t talked to him since,” Trump said of Netanyahu, according to Axios. “Fuck him.”

Last week, in an interview with journalist Bari Weiss, Netanyahu said: I condemned Kanye West’s anti-Semitic statements. I think President Trump’s decision to have dinner with this person is wrong and out of place. He shouldn’t do that. I think he made a mistake. I hope it doesn’t happen again.”

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