Former President Donald Trump on Saturday vowed that he would send a simple message to America’s enemies if he is returned to the White House: “If you try to kill our citizens, we kill you.”
Trump was speaking about the war between Israel and Hamas in a speech to the Republican Jewish Coalition in Nevada, according to coverage of his remarks by Newsmax.
Commenting on the Oct. 7 terrorist attacks that left more than 1,400 Israelis dead and killed at least 33 Americans, Trump said, “To every Israeli and every American touched by these barbaric activities: We love you, we grieve with you, we share your anger, and we stand with you 100% – 110%. Let there be no doubt, the killers responsible for this massacre will burn forever in the eternal pit of hell. They’re going to burn forever.”
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The former president, who helped Israel broker at least three peace deals with some of its neighbors while in office, called the war between “a fight between civilization and savagery, between decency and depravity, and between good and evil.”
“Every single life that is lost in this conflict is on the shoulders of Hamas and Hamas alone. I think you really have to add in a word — Iran,” he added. “And there can be no sympathy, no excuses, and no escape for these monsters. We will do what has to be done.”
Trump then denounced President Joe Biden, saying his weakness created conditions for such an attack, and then criticized Biden’s response, including offering $100 million in aid to Gazans and lumping in military aid to Israel with funding for Ukraine.
“When I am back in the White House, the United States will stand with Israel all the way — without hesitation, without qualification, and without apology,” Trump said. “We ‘re not apologizing.”
“We will fully support the Israelis in their mission to ensure that Hamas is decimated, and these atrocities will be avenged. They will be avenged,” said Trump.
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“Joe Biden’s weakness caused the attack on Israel. Pure weakness and incompetence everywhere he goes, Biden’s weakness provokes war and death — because as history shows, evil only respects one thing: unyielding strength,” said Trump.
Trump said under his leadership, America would not go looking for conflict, but would not back down when attacked.
“When I am back in the White House, America’s enemies will know once again — and they’re going to know it — that if you try to kill our citizens, we kill you. We kill you,” Trump added.
“If you spill a drop of American blood, we spill a gallon of yours,” he said. “We will use American power to deter those who would harm our people.”
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