Trump Accuses Biden of ‘Criticizing’ Israel During Gaza Fighting

Former President Donald Trump speaks at the North Carolina GOP convention dinner in Greenville, North Carolina, June 5. (Reuters/Jonathan Drake)

Former President Donald Trump on Saturday hit out at his successor, Joe Biden over the recent conflict between Israel and Palestinian terrorists in the Gaza Strip, accusing Biden of having “criticized” Israel during the hostilities.

The fighting last month erupted on May 10 after Gaza’s Hamas rulers fired rockets toward Yerushalayim and other Israeli cities amid escalating Israeli-Palestinian tensions, before ending 11 days later with an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire.

“He actually criticized Israel while the Jewish homeland was under attack by thousands and thousands of rockets and missiles launched,” Trump said in a speech to the North Carolina Republican Convention.

Other prominent Republicans have also charged that Biden did not sufficiently back Israel during the fighting.

In his remarks, Trump blamed Iran for being behind the rocket attacks on Israel. “It was launched by Iran,” he said.

Trump also swiped at Democratic members of Congress, after some Democratic lawmakers were highly critical of Israel during the fighting and called for reducing or ending military aid to Israel.

“It was a betrayal when you look at what happened in Congress,” he said. “It used to be … everybody was with Israel. Today, I guess it’s just not in vogue. But you look at some of these radicals they have in the House of Representatives, you have to deal with them all the time.”

He added: “Israel is really almost out, it’s almost out. It’s a very, very terrible thing.”

Trump, a vocal supporter of Israel while in office, previously accused Biden of “weakness” and of showing a lack of support for Israel at the onset of the fighting.