Former President Donald Trump asked if he could support then-Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s rival Benny Gantz ahead of parliamentary elections in March 2020, as relations between the two leaders deteriorated, Jared Kushner details in his upcoming memoir. Gave.
Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law wrote in “Breaking History” that the 45th president’s frustration with his one-time aide stemmed from a speech by Netanyahu when the two unveiled their Israeli-Palestinian peace plan in January 2020. according to a Axios. share received by,
Kushner recalled that before the White House ceremony, Trump told Ron Dermer, then-Israeli ambassador to the US, that Netanyahu’s remarks should be “concise and above the politics of the time”.
However, the prime minister announced that Israel would annex Jewish settlements in both the West Bank and the Jordan River Valley.
“The speech was off the mark in both tone and substance,” Kushner reportedly writes. “There was nothing reconciling to the Palestinians in this. It was essentially a campaign speech to his domestic political audience, and it misrepresented our plan. ,
Kushner says Netanyahu’s remarks were doubly strange to the White House, as he promised the Arab ambassadors in attendance that the peace plan would be balanced.
“I had run them through the peace offer and gave them my word that Trump would present a respectable and balanced offer – one that required compromise on both sides. But that certainly wasn’t the deal Bibi was describing.” It was,” Kushner wrote.
According to the former first son-in-law, Trump was also taken aback by Netanyahu’s tone.
“Bibi gave a campaign speech, I feel dirty,” Kushner quoted her father-in-law as saying after the comment.
At the same time, the 45th president was fond of Gantz, with whom he met the day before the unveiling of the peace plan.
Leading up to the Israeli election, Kushner recalls, Trump asked him “should he take the unusual step of endorsing Gantz.”
Axios, citing a former senior White House official, reported that both Kushner and another top adviser, Avi Berkowitz, told Trump not to engage in foreign politics and see how the vote went.
Netanyahu remained in power after his Likud party secured the most seats in the Knesset. The following June, however, he was removed from office after parliament voted to form a new government made up of a coalition of opposition groups.
Trump – who touted his strong ties with Israel while in office – lashed out at his decision to congratulate Joe Biden on winning the 2020 presidential election soon after Netanyahu called the race.
“The first person who congratulated [Biden] Bibi was Netanyahu, the person to whom I did more than any other person,” Trump told Israeli journalist Barack Ravid, later adding: “Bibi could have remained silent. He made a terrible mistake.”
“I loved Bibi. I still like Bibi. But I also like loyalty,” Trump claimed, adding that Netanyahu remained in power for as long as he could because of his backing of the US administration.
“The first person to congratulate Biden was Bibi. And they not only congratulated him, but also did on the tape.
“That was very quick – like, first of all,” the former president said. “I haven’t spoken to him since. F- him.
Kushner’s “Breaking History: A White House Memoir” is due out Aug. 23.