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Republican presidential candidates on Israel

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Where are the Republican candidates? Israel

The relationship between the United States and Israel came to the forefront of the presidential campaign when Hamas attacked Israel in October. Republican candidates have all called on the United States to support Israel after the attack, but their long-term policies differ – including their support, or lack thereof, for a two-state solution.

He promised to “fully support” Israel, but he also criticized Israeli leadership.

ISRAEL-HAMAS WAR After Hamas attacked Israel in October, former President Donald J. Trump initially blamed what he described as weakness on President Biden — but, days later, he criticized the Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli intelligence, saying they were unprepared.


Portrait of Ron DeSantis

He is a staunch supporter of Israel and is unsympathetic towards Palestinian residents of Gaza.

ISRAEL-HAMAS WAR After the Hamas attack, Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida said Israel “not only has the right to defend itself against these attacks, but it has the duty to respond with overwhelming force.” He added: “America must stand with Israel. » Like many Republicans, he falsely claimed that President Biden’s policy toward Iran financed the attack.


Portrait of Tim Scott

He did not rule out sending troops to Israel.

ISRAEL-HAMAS WAR Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina describe The Hamas attack in October was called an “assault on Western civilization” and, like many Republicans, he falsely claimed that President Biden “funded” the attacks.


Portrait of Vivek Ramaswamy

It calls for prioritizing U.S. interests and suggests a path forward for phasing out U.S. aid to Israel.

ISRAEL-HAMAS WAR After the Hamas attack in October, Vivek Ramaswamy said the that other Republicans were reacting with “hysteria rather than rationality.” The United States “should provide Israel with diplomatic support, intelligence sharing, and the munitions necessary to defend its own homeland, while taking special precautions to avoid a broader regional war in the Middle East that would not advance the American interests,” he wrote.


Portrait of Nikki Haley

She wants the United States to give Israel “all” the support it needs to respond to Hamas.

ISRAEL-HAMAS WAR “I would say to Israel, no matter what, to not only get their country back, but to eliminate the terrorists, we have to do it,” Nikki Haley said at a campaign event in Iowa after the Hamas attack in October.


Portrait of Mike Pence

He views Israel as the fulfillment of a prophecy and has called other Republicans a failure to support it.

ISRAEL-HAMAS WAR After the Hamas attack in October, former Vice President Mike Pence told CNN, “Israel must have the support of the United States and countries around the world to crush Hamas.”


Portrait of Chris Christie

He called for “whatever it takes” to support Israel.

ISRAEL-HAMAS WAR After the Hamas attack in October, former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie falsely claimed, as many Republicans did, that President Biden “funded” the attack by releasing Iranian money frozen.


Portrait of Asa Hutchinson

He called support for Israel “a fundamental part of American culture” and signed a bill against boycotts.

ISRAEL-HAMAS WAR Former Governor Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas called Hamas’ attack on Israel “symbolizes the times we find ourselves in with weak leadership in the White House.” He added: “We must stand with Israel. We must defend freedom and democracy. We must face evil head on.


Portrait of Doug Burgum

He wants “maximum political and military support” for Israel and has signed a bill against boycotts.

ISRAEL-HAMAS WAR Gov. Doug Burgum of North Dakota said during his campaign in New Hampshire that he would be willing to send U.S. troops to Israel to free the hostages. He called the conflict in Israel a “proxy war” between the United States and Iran and, without evidence, linked the Hamas attack to the Biden administration’s Iran policies.




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