WATCH: Hannity Grills Vivek Ramaswamy on Controversial Israel Remarks

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(VINnews) — Sean Hannity grilled Vivek Ramaswamy about his campaign stance Israel on Monday, in a heated interview on Fox. Ramaswamy appeared to walk back or at least clarify his stance from last week, in which he suggested that the USA should stop funding Israel.

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Hannity opened, “You said aid to Israel, our number one ally, only democracy in the region, should end in 2028 and that they should be integrated with their neighbors.”

“That’s false,” Ramaswamy replied.

“That was the exact quote. You want me to read it?” Hannity asked.

“I can tell you the exact quote,” Ramaswamy said. ”What I said is it would be a mark of success if we ever got to a point in our relationship with Israel if Israel never needed the United States’ aid, and Sean, you know how politics is played. A lot of the other professional politicians who have been threatened by my rise have used that statement to say that I would cut off aid to Israel. That’s not correct. I’ve been crystal clear.”

Hannity asked whether he understood “the importance of the strategic alliance,” “intelligence sharing in an area of the world where we have a lot of enemies,” and “how important it is with Iran especially seeking nukes,”

Ramaswamy responded:

“I understand it I think more deeply than probably anybody in this race. I’ve traveled to Israel. I have business partners in Israel. The reality is this, by the end of my first term our relationship with Israel will will be stronger than it ever has been because I will treat it as a true friendship, not just a transactional relationship.”

Hannity pushed, “Then why did you say that they shouldn’t have preferential treatment? Why did you say that Israel should not have preferential treatment from us? That’s a direct quote.”

“No, those are direct quotes from headlines summarized by opposition research fed to the fake news media,” Ramaswamy argued, before claiming that “Abraham Accords 2.0 is my top priority, which is to get Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar into that pact with Israel, and foremost, to have a partnership with Israel that does something really important for the U.S., which is to make sure that Iran never, ever, ever has nuclear capabilities.”


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Nachum
Nachum
9 months ago

I remember when Shimon Peres was Prime Minister, in the 1980’s, that he distinctly stated that “there will be a time, when we no longer need foreign aid from the United States”. I can’t understand what the controversy is all about, as it is good, when one friend can help another friend stand on their own two feet, financially.

-ron
-ron
9 months ago

a country with no border is NOT a country
trump 2024

Disenfranchised viewer
Disenfranchised viewer
9 months ago

Why won’t Hannity allow his guests to answer the questions he asks them?! Why must he constantly interrupt? A narcissistic grubby man who is completely in love with himself.

Noach
Noach
9 months ago

Try a telling a life-long meshulach ideas of being self sufficient and not be a shnorer.

Phil A. Dendron
Phil A. Dendron
9 months ago

These two self-important clowns deserve each other.

Stan
Stan
9 months ago

What an obnoxious smug twit this Vivek is

Rosalie J Lieberman
Rosalie J Lieberman
9 months ago

Inconveniently had to change what he now wants to say. Still think he was a shrill for Arab and Muslim Americans.

Gestetner fan
Gestetner fan
9 months ago

I like this conversation.
I can understand both of them.
It seems like they both agreed in the end.
Vivek seems to jump a little bit too quick though.

(Personal opinion) Love Sean hannity.