Trump Claims Iran Attack on Israel Unlikely Under His Presidency

Former President Trump wavers on Israel-Gaza conflict response.

by Nouman Rasool
Trump Claims Iran Attack on Israel Unlikely Under His Presidency
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Former President Donald Trump criticized the Joe Biden administration's response to an Iranian airstrike on Israel in the latest escalation of tensions in the Middle East. On his social media site "Truth Social," Trump took to strong confidence that such an attack would never have occurred if he had been President.

He tweeted,json: {"is_me":"true","text":" ISRAEL IS UNDER ATTACK. This should never have been allowed to happen - This would NEVER have happened if I were President!"} The airstrike in question involved dozens of drones targeting Israel, as confirmed by the Israeli Defense Forces.

The attack came on Saturday evening, drawing immediate international reactions. The Biden administration responded with a reiteration of its firm support for Israel. Adrienne Watson, spokeswoman for the National Security Council, stated: "President Biden has been clear: our support for Israel's security is ironclad.

The United States will stand with the people of Israel and support their defense against these threats from Iran."

Trump's Shifting Stance

Amidst this crisis, Trump's stance on Israel's actions in Gaza has been somewhat unclear.

Following an initial attack by Hamas on October 7, which resulted in significant casualties and hostages, Trump supported Israel's aggressive retaliation in Gaza. However, his later statements suggested a potential shift as the conflict escalated, leading to a high number of Palestinian casualties.

In a recent interview, Trump emphasized the necessity of concluding the conflict and restoring normalcy, urging Israel to "get back to peace and stop killing people." He criticized Biden for an alleged decision to delay a public address concerning the situation, claiming on Truth Social that Biden's handlers had dissuaded him from releasing a pre-recorded speech.

Instead, Trump suggested Biden would attempt a live address. As the situation developed, President Biden canceled his weekend plans in Delaware to return to the White House, where he convened with his national security team.

Concurrently, Speaker of the House Mike Johnson, aligned with Trump, attributed the Iranian attacks to what he perceived as the Biden Administration's weakening support for Israel and leniency towards Iran. This incident occurs amid increasing strain between U.S.

President Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, exacerbated by the ongoing conflict in Gaza. Despite calls for a temporary ceasefire to facilitate humanitarian aid, the U.S. is on the brink of an $18 billion fighter jet sale to Israel, indicating long-term military commitments.