“Let Bibi go get married” – How the Trump-Netanyahu relationship broke down

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“I have not spoken to him since congratulating Joe Biden. Go to get married @@@ “: These are the words of former US President Donald Trump for former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Donald Trump made the remarks during an exclusive interview with political journalist Barack Ravid’s new book “Trump’s Peace: The Abraham Accords and the Reshaping of the Middle East”, showing in part how the relationship between the two world leaders was not as close as it seemed. Excerpts from the interview were published this morning by the Jerusalem Post.

The last straw in the seemingly close relationship between the two leaders was Netanyahu’s congratulatory phone call to current US President Joe Biden after his victory almost a year ago. It is recalled that in the run-up to the election and especially after the announcement of the results, Trump insisted that there was electoral fraud, claiming that the results were inaccurate and that he should have won.

Although Netanyahu was the first Middle East leader to pick up the phone to congratulate Biden, reporters were quick to point out that the Israeli prime minister was not in fact one of the first to congratulate Biden. In fact, he called him almost a month after his election and after receiving congratulations from the leaders of France, Germany, Canada, the United Kingdom and Ireland.

“Bibi made a terrible mistake – He had to sit on his eggs”

As for Trump, he gave Ravid two interviews – one of which lasted 90 minutes. Netanyahu betrayed him, despite all that Trump had done for him during his four years in office, he said, citing Biden’s call five times during an interview in April this year.

“The first person to congratulate Biden was Bibi Netanyahu, the man I did more for than anyone else I dated,” said Donald Trump. “Bibi could stay in his eggs. “He made a terrible mistake.” He added: “I liked Bibi. I still like Bibi. But I also like dedication. The first person to congratulate Biden was Bibi. And not only did he congratulate him, but he also recorded it. ”

Donald Trump referred to the Iran deal and Netanyahu’s long-standing friendship and relationship with the current US president. “For Bibi Netanyahu, before the ink dries (of Biden’s signature on the presidency), to send a message, and not just a message, but to record the conversation he had with Joe Biden about their great, great friendship – “They were not friends because if they were (the Obama administration) they would not have made the deal with Iran,” Trump said in an interview with Axios. “And guess what, they will do it again.”

Trump told Ravid that he felt he had promoted certain policies from his position in the White House that did not receive the proper recognition and thanks from Netanyahu. One of the examples he gave was the public and controversial recognition of the US Golan Heights as the dominant Israeli territory in 2019. A year later, the Israeli government named a city in the region “Ramat Trump”.

“This move was a big deal,” Trump said. “People were saying at the time that it was a million dollar gift. I did it before the Israeli election and that helped Netanyahu a lot, maybe he would have lost the election without me. The case of the Golan Heights raised him by 10-15% in the polls “.

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