Deja vu all over again? Netanyahu supporting Trump?a little hot water for appearing to support Mitt Romney in the 2012 election. Is it about to happen again? This is from Josh Rogin.
“I’ve talked to the members of the Israeli government at the highest levels. I know who they want elected here. It’s not Hillary Clinton. It’s not Obama 3,” Giuliani told me in an interview at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.
In March, Giuliani traveled to Israel and met personally with Netanyahu, who has publicly remained neutral on the 2016 presidential election. Giuliani also met with several other senior Israeli government officials on his trip. According to him, Israeli government leaders fear that if Clinton were elected, she would pursue policies unwanted by the Netanyahu government, such as pushing to restart the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
“They are politically aware enough to know that if Hillary gets elected, she is going to go further to her left, to protect her left flank against Elizabeth Warren,” Giuliani said.
“They know she’s going to start the two-state solution thing again, cave in to the Palestinians. They realize Donald Trump can say Islamic terrorism, can stand up to it. So there’s no question he would be better for the state of Israel than Hillary.”
One person close to Giuliani told me that during his March meeting with Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister said he preferred Republican administrations to Democratic ones and gave Giuliani a message to personally deliver to Trump with suggestions about how Trump should talk about Israel-related policy issues. Giuliani met with Trump and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, in New York following the trip and delivered the message, this person said.Of course, Netanyahu's office denies it.
In a statement to me, the prime minister’s office categorically denied that Netanyahu expressed any preference for who should win the U.S. presidential election or that Netanyahu asked Giuliani to deliver any message to Trump.
“Prime Minister Netanyahu did not express any preference for whom the next American President would be, will continue to scrupulously avoid being dragged into the American elections and looks forward to working with whomever the American people elect,” said David Keyes, a spokesman for the prime minister’s office.And Giuliani had no comment. Still, it's hard not to think that Netanyahu would prefer Trump over Clinton, right?
1. Revenge is sweet.
2. Payback is sweet too.