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