WATCH: Shmuley Boteach Challenges Vivek Ramaswamy Over Israel Funding

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FILE - Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy speaks during the Pray Vote Stand Summit on Friday, Sept. 15, 2023, in Washington. Ramaswamy recently became the first 2024 candidate to join TikTok, which says it has over 150 million U.S. users. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

ALABAMA (VINnews) — In a dramatic video, Shmuley Boteach got into a heated exchange with GOP candidate Vivek Ramaswamy over his call to defund Israel.

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The confrontation took place after the fourth Republican primary debate on Wednesday. Video of the lively discussion, published on social media, shows Boteach confronting a seemingly off-guard Ramaswamy and arguing in support of Israel.

Boteach first criticized Ramaswamy for previously calling for an end to the United States’ annual $3 billion funding for Israel, which Ramaswamy denied supporting. Boteach appeared to believe that he got Ramaswamy to change his position on the spot.

In August, JNS cited the following quote from Ramaswamy, from the Washington Free Beacon: “If we’re successful, the true mark of success for the U.S. and for Israel will be to get to a 2028 where Israel is so strongly standing on its own two feet, integrated into the economic and security infrastructure of the rest of the Middle East—that it will not require and be dependent on that same level of historical aid or commitment from the U.S.,” he told the paper.

Below is a partial transcript of the exchange with Boteach:

SHMULEY BOTEACH: You cannot call yourself the pro-Israel candidate and call for Israel to be defunded when its essential Military needs equipment right now. I’m sorry, that’s just wrong.

VIVEK RAMASWAMY: I stand for the $3 billion to continue, the annual $3 billion.

BOTEACH: No, you’ve called for the end of the $3 billion. You said you want all of that to end as well?

RAMASWAMY: No, actually, actually—

BOTEACH: So you’ve changed your mind? I’m happy to hear that.

RAMASWAMY: Until Israel tells us they’re ready for it is what I’m saying.

THEN LATER IN THE FOOTAGE:

RAMASWAMY: — $3.8 billion for years. Just so you hear for a fact my position: $3.8 [billion] annual, continuous.”

BOTEACH: So okay, then you’ve changed your mind. I’m glad to hear.

RAMASWAMY: Until Israel agrees.

 

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Conservative Carl
Conservative Carl
2 months ago

Vivek Ramaswamy is garbage.

Nachum
Nachum
2 months ago

I’m glad he confronted that (to use Gov. Christie’s own words) arrogant blowhard.

Shmuley
Shmuley
2 months ago

Ramaschmutzy is an anti-Israel maga isolationist who wants to be Trump’s VP or Sec of State. He has Zero govt experience and just yaps a mile a minute. A real creep and insult machine. Has money, nothing else.

tzeflootcht
tzeflootcht
2 months ago

if he is right then he has a strong point

Tsvi Kukenheim
Tsvi Kukenheim
2 months ago

Ramaswany talks and talks and is completely unreliable. All his discussions have no meanings because he changes his mind each time, when he has political discussions with different people.

Oren
Oren
2 months ago

Next to go is Christi and than this vevek

Larry
Larry
2 months ago

Vivek would be great behind the counter of my local 7/11.

The Chin
The Chin
2 months ago

Vivek is wonderful when he calls out Nikki the nobody and Bridge guy Chrstie.