Donald Trump, speaking to a crowd in Iowa on Saturday, vehemently re-emphasized his disapproval of the Iran deal crafted by Secretary of State John Kerry last month.
“Well you’re going to have to be forceful action, very, very forceful action,” Trump said. “You cannot let Iran-let me tell you this-nor can Israel. Israel was sold out by Kerry and Obama. You cannot let Iran have a nuclear weapon. You can’t have it. When they march down the street saying death to Israel, death to the United . You can’t let it happen. It will not happen. Believe me, it will not happen here.”
This is not the first time that Trump has utilized pro-Israel rhetoric, or mentioned Israel’s defense during his venture to win the Republican primary.
Referring to Obama as “one of the worst things that has happened” to the Jewish state, Trump has attempted to position himself as the only solution to repairing the Israel-America relationship, which he argues has been ruined by the Obama administration.
In a recent interview to a Jewish news outlet, he stated that he is the only true supporter of Israel in the 2016 presidential race. His candor may be a bit confusing, however, as nearly all 13 GOP hopefuls have been vociferous in their commitment to Israel and have all condemned Obama’s policies towards Israel, as well as the president’s treatment of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Speaking to JNS.org, Trump said: “The only that’s going to give real support to Israel is me. The rest of them are all talk, no actions. They’re politicians.”
“I’ve been loyal to Israel from the day I was born,” said the budding politician. “My father, Fred Trump was loyal to Israel before me. The only one that’s going to give Israel the kind of support it needs is Donald Trump.”
In an effort to highlight his long-term support, Trump listed off various plaques and awards he has received over the years from Jewish organizations commending him for his commitment to the Jewish State. He reminded JNS.org of the time he acted as grand marshal for the Israel parade in New York City and noted that he had given Netanyahu a celebrity video endorsement during the 2013 Israeli election campaign.
In interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday, Trump bashed the nuclear deal with Iran, saying “They will have nuclear weapons.”
“They are going to take over parts of the world that you wouldn’t believe. And I think it’s going to lead to a nuclear holocaust.”
He continued by describing how he would have negotiated the deal, saying he wouldn’t have allowed Iran any of it’s frozen funds,and would have doubled up on sanctions against the country.
The real estate mogul described the team that negotiated the agreement, including Secretary of State John Kerry, as “incompetent.”
Nevertheless, he said, it would be “very tough” to rip up the deal, as some critics have called for. But “I’m really good at looking at a contract,” Trump said, and “as bad as the contract is, I will be so tough on that contract.”
Congress has until Sept. 17 to accept or reject the pact. President Barack Obama has said the deal is the best option for achieving stability in the Middle East and that scuttling it would be a historic mistake.