June 13, 2024

Netanyahu Could ‘Break’ U.S.-Israel Strategic Relationship

Biden marketing campaign co-chairman Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) mentioned Sunday on ABC’s “This Week” that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may very well be breaking the connection between the United States and Israel.

Partial transcript as follows:

COONS: Martha, I’ll remind you and your viewers, it was simply three weeks in the past that President Biden ably got here to Israel’s protection, in partnership with the British, the French, the Saudis and the Jordanians when Iran launched 300 missiles and drones at Israel. It’s clear we’re prepared to strongly defend Israel, however he’s urging president — excuse me, Prime Minister Netanyahu to decide on the trail of peace that’s proper in entrance of him, that requires reaching a take care of regional actors.

RADDATZ: Senator, if Netanyahu, Prime Minister Netanyahu, does go in with a full-scale assault on Rafah, what do you suppose the president ought to do? We’ve heard his warnings.

COONS: I feel we’ll act. And I feel this will probably be as much as the president in precisely what approach he’ll act.

But I’ll remind you, there’s precedent for this. President Reagan was — was able the place he did the identical factor.


RADDATZ: Again, you remind us of that. But what — what do you imply he’ll act? He’ll cease weapons? He’ll cease extra weapons?


RADDATZ: How many weapons? All weapons?

COONS: I’m clear that we’ll not abandon Israel. He is not going to cease offering defensive methods to Israel. Look, Hezbollah continues to assault Israel within the north. Just final evening there was extra rockets and shells coming into the north of Israel. I don’t consider we’ll depart Israel defenseless in any respect.

RADDATZ: So, you’re saying he’ll cease offensive weapons? Not defenseless, however you speak about particularly defensive weapons. So are you saying offensive weapons ought to be stopped?

COONS: Look, I feel no matter munitions, similar to the two,000-pound bombs which have beforehand been utilized in Gaza, which can be equipped solely by the United States, and that may trigger large civilian casualties might be paused.

It is tragic that we’re at this level. And, Martha, I wish to conclude by saying that I hope Prime Minister Netanyahu is considering his legacy. Right now his legacy is the large, strategic and defensive failure of October seventh and his legacy may very well be an actual hole, a break within the lengthy, robust, bipartisan, strategic relationship between the United States and Israel. I feel that will be tragic. His legacy might as a substitute be attaining regional safety and peace for Israel.

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