Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stabbed President Donald Trump in the back on Saturday night by rushing to congratulate Joe Biden after he was prematurely declared president by the media amid a host of recount efforts and legal challenges.
Congratulations @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris. Joe, we’ve had a long & warm personal relationship for nearly 40 years, and I know you as a great friend of Israel. I look forward to working with both of you to further strengthen the special alliance between the U.S. and Israel.
— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) November 8, 2020
On Sunday morning, Netanyahu released a video where he congratulated Biden and Harris on their victory and then congratulated Trump for doing a bunch of stuff for Israel.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, at the Cabinet meeting:
— PM of Israel (@IsraeliPM) November 8, 2020
But, but but … HE MOVED THE EMBASSY!!! https://t.co/v4bdL3oNjQ
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) November 8, 2020
Just two months ago, Donald Trump presented Netanyahu the “Key to the White House.”
— Team Trump (Text VOTE to 88022) (@TeamTrump) September 15, 2020
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The Jerusalem Post said on Election Day that who wins the presidency “doesn’t matter” because “Washington has Israel’s back.”
Trump or Biden? In the end, it doesn't matter, Washington has Israel's back.
— The Jerusalem Post (@Jerusalem_Post) November 3, 2020
AIPAC said similar in a video last year
Policy over partisanship. pic.twitter.com/z1FnPX42Ux
— AIPAC (@AIPAC) October 25, 2019
AIPAC rushed to congratulate Biden and Harris for their “election victory” on Saturday.
Live update: AIPAC congratulates Biden, Harris; hails bipartisan US support for Israel https://t.co/ptjF7QASKJ
— TOI ALERTS (@TOIAlerts) November 7, 2020
From The Times of Israel:
“AIPAC congratulates President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on their election victory.”
“We also congratulate the elected and re-elected senators and representatives — Democrats and Republicans alike — who will be joining an overwhelmingly pro-Israel Congress,” the pro-Israel lobby says.
“Despite the current profound political polarization, there remains a resolute bipartisan commitment to the U.S.-Israel alliance as both presidential tickets took strong pro-Israel positions. Whatever other issues divide us, America stands with Israel.”
Nancy Pelosi told pro-Israel billionaire and top Democratic donor Haim Saban at the 2018 Israeli American Council National Conference that “if this Capitol crumbled to the ground, the one thing that would remain would be our commitment to our aid” to Israel.
Does this quote from Pelosi sound like a declaration of "allegiance" to you? pic.twitter.com/UGF3FZk2eO
— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) March 5, 2019
There are lessons to be learned here.
Incidentally, while Netanyahu rushed to stab Trump in the back, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador — who was once robbed of an election himself — said Saturday he will not be congratulating either of the US’ presidential “candidates” until all legal issues are resolved and vote tallies are officially certified.
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