Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani tells The Washington Post that Israeli leaders prefer Republican nominee Donald Trump for US president over Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.
“I’ve talked to the members of the Israeli government at the highest levels. I know who they want elected here. It’s not Hillary Clinton. It’s not Obama 3,” Guiliani says.
“They are politically aware enough to know that if Hillary gets elected, she is going to go further to her left, to protect her left flank against Elizabeth Warren,” Giuliani says. “They know she’s going to start the two-state solution thing again, cave in to the Palestinians. They realize Donald Trump can say Islamic terrorism, can stand up to it. So there’s no question he would be better for the state of Israel than Hillary.”
The former NY mayor, who met with Israeli leaders in March, adds: “I’ve known Bibi almost as long as I’ve known Donald, 25 years. I can’t speak for Bibi… But there is no question Donald Trump and a Republican administration would be much better for Israel.”
The Prime Minister’s Office denies the report.
“Prime Minister Netanyahu did not express any preference for whom the next American president would be, will continue to scrupulously avoid being dragged into the American elections and looks forward to working with whomever the American people elect,” a spokesperson tells the paper.