When Donald Trump announced that he would be visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on December 28, it seemed a perfect fit. Bibi, the purveyor of the ongoing Palestinian genocide and the man who worked hand-in-hand with Republicans to scuttle the Iran nuclear deal, is a person who practically oozes Islamophobic hatred — just like Trump. It seems that Netanyahu, whose members of Parliament have suggested concentration camps for Palestinians, mass extermination, and other horrors, and whose country slaughters women and children like it’s nothing, and Trump, who wants to make Muslims register in a database, close mosques, and force followers of the Islamic faith to wear special little badges like Hitler made the Jews wear, would be best pals at first glance.
But when Trump suggested a complete ban on Muslims entering the United States, he somehow went too far for Netanyahu, who condemned the remarks. On Tuesday, Trump announced that “prior to the end of the year,” he will be traveling to Israel — a trip he is “looking forward to.”
While Netanyahu seemed eager to meet with such a like-minded individual as Trump, he very publicly distanced himself from the billionaire’s hateful Islamophobic remarks — specifically Trump’s assertion that Muslims, even those returning from vacation outside the country, should be banned from the United States. On Twitter, Netanyahu’s office announced that the Prime Minister “rejects Donald Trump’s recent remarks about Muslims.”
“The State of Israel respects all religions and strictly guarantees the rights of all its citizens,” the Twitter statement continued — a strange statement from a nation that Amnesty International has condemned for war crimes against Muslim populations. “Within Israel, the authorities continued to demolish homes of Palestinian Bedouin in ‘unrecognized villages’ in the Negev/Naqab region and commit forcible evictions,” the human rights organization says in an overview of Israel’s horrific treatment of Palestinians. “They also detained and summarily expelled thousands of foreign migrants, including asylum-seekers, and imprisoned Israeli conscientious objectors.”
Though Netanyahu and Trump think very much alike with regard to Muslims, the Prime Minister’s decision to publicly distance himself from Trump’s rhetoric was too much for the 2016 GOP frontrunner to handle. On Thursday, Trump threw one of his traditional pouty-fits and announced that — fine — he just won’t go at all, then!
“I have decided to postpone my trip to Israel and to schedule my meeting with
@Netanyahu at a later date after I become President of the U.S,” Trump tweeted.
On “Fox and Friends,” Elisabeth Hasselbeck asked if Netanyahu’s refusal to publicly back Trump’s Islamophobia played a role in his decision to cancel the trip. The billionaire explained that he’s “in the midst of a very powerful campaign” and “a lot of different reasons” contributed to the sudden and suspiciously-timed cancellation — including that he did not want to place additional pressure on Netanyahu, who already has enough on his plate, with the constant stream of human rights abuses his country commits and all.
To Trump, a meeting with Bibi seemed like an almost assured endorsement — one that would have played well with his bigoted conservative folloers. Unfortunately, even someone to whom wiping out entire Muslim settlements is just another day that ends in “-day” isn’t stupid enough to back his hateful rhetoric.
Watch Trump make excuses, below:
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