Trump says if 2020 election wasn't rigged, Hamas wouldn't have attacked Israel

Donald Trump criticises Israeli intelligence and Netanyahu in Florida speech


WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA - OCTOBER 11: Former U.S. President Donald Trump leaves after delivering remarks at a rally hosted by Club 47 USA at the Palm Beach County Convention Center on October 11, 2023 in West Palm Beach, Florida. Even as Trump faces multiple criminal indictments, he still maintains a commanding lead in the polls over other Republican candidates. (Photo by Alon Skuy/Getty Images)

Donald Trump has suggested that if the 2020 election 'wasn't rigged' then Hamas wouldn't have invaded Israel in the deadliest terror attack in its history.

At an election rally near his home in Florida, the former president said: “If the election wasn’t rigged,” he said, “there would be nobody even thinking about going into Israel.”

Trump also a series of negative remarks about Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli intelligence services.

Speaking to the crowd near Mar a Lago, Trump used the occasion to settle old scores with Netanyahu, telling the crowd that "Bibi let us down" during the 2020 operation to kill Iranian military leader Qassem Soleimani.

Trump said that in 2020, the Americans were working on a plan to kill the IRGC general and was prepared to involve the Israeli army before Netanyahu called him to say the Israelis would not be part of it.

The Republican politician said: “I’ll never forget that Bibi Netanyahu let us down. That was a very terrible thing.”

He also said that Israeli failures to detect the Hamas attack before it happened had to be "straightened out."

The conflict in Israel was a major theme of Trump's speech in Florida, which is home to a significant number of Jewish voters. Trump also attacked President Biden's response to the crisis, saying that no violence would have happened if he was still president.

President Biden meanwhile addressed a roundtable of Jewish community leaders including the US Second Gentleman Dough Emhoff. At the event, he said: “It matters that Americans see what's happening. I mean, I've been doing this for a long time. I never really thought that I would see confirmed pictures of terrorists beheading children.”

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