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During a discussion on the indictment of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the panel on Sunday’s Fareed Zakaria GPS repeatedly compared Netanyahu to President Trump. The New York Times columnist Tom Friedman praised members of Netanyahu’s Likud Party for turning their backs on the Prime Minister while complaining that the “sick” Republican Party has not done the same thing to Trump.
After accusing Netanyahu of “running an openly racist campaign against Israeli Arabs” and “putting toxins into the veins of the society,” Friedman talked about “one big difference between Israel and America,” specifically, the reactions of the two majority parties to the allegations facing the leaders of their respective countries.
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He then favorably contrasted the reaction of Netanyahu’s Likud Party to his alleged wrongdoing in the form of “demands for a primary...to run against Netanyahu” with the reaction of the Republican Party to Trump’s alleged wrongdoing.
According to Friedman, “Likud ministers, at least a few of them, seem to have a little more spine, self-respect, and integrity than the entire Republican caucus...in the House and the Senate where, other than one exception, basically are not ready to challenge Trump.” In spite of his disgust with the GOP, Friedman seemed optimistic that a portion of the Likud Party turning on Netanyahu “might be a warning sign to Trump.”
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