In the wake of a groundbreaking New York Times report published on Friday morning, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough considered the possibility that the United States withhold aid from Israel until conservative Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is stripped of his office.
The Times reported on Thursday evening that the Israeli government had been forewarned of a type of terrorist attack that Hamas would execute on October 7, more than a year ago.
Scarborough suggested, following a discussion regarding the revelation, that it might be prudent for the United States to withhold aid from Israel until Netanyahu is replaced.
“We mourn the terror attack as a nation and we support the Israelis. At this point, we still support the Israelis. But this idea that we’re going to continue supporting Netanyahu’s government and have them saying, ‘Well, you know, we’ll get to it when we get to it.’ The United States could say that after 9/11, because the United States was fighting that war. And we had allies, but we were funding the overwhelming majority of it. The Israelis know it, certainly our enemies across the Middle East know it: We are the primary funder of Israel and we are propping Israel up so they can continue this fight not only against Hamas, but for their very existence.” Scarborough said.
“The United States has the right to say, “If we’re going to continue propping up your government, if you don’t have faith in this guy who knew this was coming a year away, we need a better partner.” And Benjamin Netanyahu is not that partner. When do we get to that point? Because if I were in Congress, this is what I’d be saying, and if I’m saying it as one of the biggest supporters of Israel, then there have got to be a lot of other people saying it. We’re not going to.” he concluded.