Netanyahu condemns riots, but remains effusive about Trump

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a Likud party event in Lod, on February 11, 2020. Photo by Flash90 *** Local Caption *** ????? ??? ?????? ?????? ?????? ??? ?????? ??????

The riots in which participants stormed the Capitol building are the opposite of American and Israeli values, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday, the morning after the violent events in Washington, at the opening of a meeting with US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

Yet Netanyahu continued to praise US President Donald Trump, who backed the rioters’ clause with repeated claims that the November election that he lost had been “stolen.” In December, the US attorney-general at the time William Barr, who had been appointed by Trump, said there was no evidence of widespread election fraud.

Netanyahu condemned the storming of the Capitol, saying it “was shameful and must be vigorously condemned.”

“For generations American democracy has inspired millions around the world and in Israel. American democracy has always inspired me,” the prime minister said. “Lawlessness and violence are the opposite of the values we know Americans and Israelis cherish.”

“I have no doubt that American democracy will prevail – it always has,” the prime minister added.