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Video: We Have to Protect Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in a statement posted to Twitter Sunday, thanked President-elect Donald Trump for his remarks supporting Israel made at an impromptu New Year’s Eve press conference Saturday night.

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President-elect Trump paused to speak to reporters on New Year’s Eve with wife Melania by his side.

“Thanks for your support, President-elect Trump!” In both Hebrew and English, Netanyahu posted his appreciation for Trump’s support of Israel.

Netanyahu’s tweet included a short video clip of Trump’s comments to reporters criticizing President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry for their handling of Israel.

Trump’s comments as heard on the video excerpt posted by Netanyahu:

“Look, we have to protect Israel. Israel to me is very, very important. We have to protect Israel. And I disagree with what he’s (Obama) done there. I listened to Secretary Kerry’s speech, I think it’s very unfair to Israel what happened.”

The full context of Trump’s statement:

REPORTER: “Do you feel like president Obama has been trying to undermine you at all in some of the last-minute actions he’s taken?”

TRUMP: “I spoke to him yesterday. He’s been very nice on the phone. We have a very good relationship. Look, we have to protect Israel. Israel to me is very, very important. We have to protect Israel. And I disagree with what he’s done there. I listened to Secretary Kerry’s speech, I think it’s very unfair to Israel what happened.”

 

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