Israel losing ‘a lot of support,’ Trump says

Israel is losing ‘a lot of support,’ says TrumpIsrael is losing ‘a lot of support,’ says Trump
Former US President Donald Trump said in an interview with Israeli media published Monday that Israel must “end” the war in Gaza because it is losing “a lot of support” around the world.

The statements by Mr. Trump, the Republican candidate tipped to take on incumbent President Joe Biden in November’s presidential election, came on the day the United Nations Security Council demanded a ceasefire in the Gaza strip. Gaza, the United States, Israel’s main supporter, having abstained.

“We must end the war. We have to end this,” Mr. Trump said, according to a partial transcript of an interview with the Israel Hayom newspaper.

“And I will say that Israel has to be very careful because it is losing a lot of the world, losing a lot of support, we have to finish, we have to get the job done,” Mr. Trump added.

Mr. Trump often presents himself as a staunch ally of Israel, recalling his decision to move the US embassy to Jerusalem and his administration’s role in brokering the 2020 normalization deals between Israel and Arab countries like the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.

The war in Gaza was triggered by the bloody attack by the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas on October 7 in southern Israel, which left at least 1,160 dead, mainly civilians, according to an AFP count established from official Israeli data.

The retaliatory offensive launched by the Israeli army has so far left 32,333 dead in Gaza, mainly civilians, according to the Hamas health ministry.

When asked how he would have reacted to the Hamas attack, Trump said he would have acted “pretty much the same way” as Israel, but expressed concern about Israel’s image. a war in which Israeli strikes have left much of the Gaza Strip in ruins.

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