Trump recognizes Netanyahu and Gantz as worthy contenders

President Donald Trump, in an address to the Republican Jewish Coalition in Las Vegas, reiterated his staunch support for the state of Israel. That said, even though he underscored his close friendship with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the American leader stressed that both primary Israeli candidates – Netanyahu and Gantz – are worthy contenders for the leadership of the Jewish state. “How is the race going by the way, how is it. Who’s going to win the race, tell me, I don’t know. Well it’s going to be close. I think it’s going to be close. Two good people, two good people,” the U.S. President said.

While Trump continues to make head-way in his re-election camping, one of his main rivals, Democratic Presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke, also commented on Israel’s ongoing elections. While O’Rourke emphasized the importance of bi-partisan support for the U.S.-Israeli alliance, he refused to hold back on Israel’s domestic politics, and accused Prime Minister of being a racist who threatens the prospects of peace. According to the Democratic Presidential Candidate: “The U.S.-Israel relationship is one of the most important relationships we have on the planet and that relationship, if it is to be successful, must transcend partisanship in the United States and it it must be able to transcend a prime minister who is racist as he warns of Arabs coming to the polls who wants to defy any prospect for peace as he threatens to annex the West Bank, and who has sided with a far right racist party in order to maintain his hold on power.”