Following a succession of coordinated terrorist attacks carried out by Hamas in Israel over the weekend, former President Donald Trump criticized Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, characterizing him as unprepared. One thousand one hundred people were killed, and more than one hundred people were abducted. The scale and scope of the attacks have astounded Israelis and people around the globe, leading many to perceive a significant intelligence failure.
During the Wednesday episode of Jesse Watters Primetime, Brian Kilmeade, the guest presenter, provided a preview of a forthcoming interview he had recorded with former President Trump on his radio program, The Brian Kilmeade program. The President informed him:
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.
Who would’ve thought their intelligence wouldn’t have been able to pick this up? 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.
Kilmeade clarified to the audience that when the former president referred to “him,” he means Prime Minister Netanyahu that was not prepared for this, caught blindsided.” Noting that Biden was not the subject of discussion.
Kilmeade’s inquiry about Netanyahu’s state of “distraction” could be interpreted as a reference to the ongoing indictment against the leader for alleged corruption as well as his efforts to reform the nation’s justice system, which have been met with significant opposition due to allegations that it is a power consolidation strategy.
Trump lauded a Republican representative on Truth Social early Thursday morning for his stance on the Israeli situation.
“Great job by Congressman Greg Steube of Florida talking on “Fox First” about Israel and the horrible atrocities taking place there. Greg is a fantastic leader and fighter for MAGA. He is loved in Florida!”
According to Trump, the invasion of Israel has increased the likelihood of a third world conflict in the immediate future.
President Trump issued a statement of caution while addressing supporters in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Saturday, shortly after Hamas’ military incursion into the country had begun.
According to Trump’s statement, “We are closer to World War III than we’ve ever been. And I’m the only one that will prevent World War III.”
Trump went on to assert that a prospective conflict of this nature would have unprecedented lethality, citing significant advances in weaponry.
“That won’t be a war with army tanks going back and forth, too,” Trump warned. “That will be a war with weaponry the likes of which this world has never seen before … I know it. I know it better than anybody.”
The former president criticized President Joe Biden’s leadership, stating that his actions “caused this war with his stupidity” both domestically and abroad, attributing it to his lack of intelligence. Trump cited other actions taken by the Biden administration, such as lenient border regulations and voter identification legislation, as contributing factors.
Biden has been subject to persistent allegations that he facilitated the Hamas offensive against Israel.
A number of Republican presidential candidates highlighted the recent release of $6 billion in prohibited Iranian currency, which was contingent on the release of five Americans detained in Iran, over the course of the weekend.
These candidates asserted that the provision of funds made the attack more likely to occur.
The White House has issued a statement refuting the allegations, claiming that Iran has not yet utilized the funds obtained through the prisoner swap. According to a senior official in the Biden administration, it is too early to make definitive statements regarding Iran’s potential direct involvement in the planning or provision of support for the Hamas attack.
The official did, however, acknowledge the extant ties between Iran and Hamas.
The social media post endorsing a “cease-fire” in Israel and advocating for the “release of all hostages held by Hamas” was removed by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday morning.
Throughout his presidency, President Biden has reaffirmed his commitment to providing ongoing support to the state of Israel. In a recent communication on a popular online platform, the president revealed he had a conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu earlier in the day and stated that they “will remain in close contact over the coming days.”
Immediately after the attacks, Trump expressed his anger, characterizing them as a “disgrace.” He emphasized the need for Israel to protect itself by employing “overwhelming force.”
In a message shared on Truth Social, President Trump expressed, “These Hamas attacks are a disgrace and Israel has every right to defend itself with overwhelming force.”
“Sadly, American taxpayer dollars helped fund these attacks, which many reports are saying came from the Biden Administration.”