Public Security Minister: Judge Trump by results, not by tweets

Likud minister Gilad Erdan praises US President Trump's actions, words, as good for Israel and in agreement with PM Netanyahu.

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Speaking to Channel 2 on Friday morning, Public Security and Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan (Likud) discussed the actions of US President Donald Trump and the US government.

"I suggest everyone judge by the results, and not by tweets or speeches," Erdan said. "Former US President Barack Obama knew how to make the best speeches, and sound great - but he left a tumultuous Middle East, and an Iran deal that everyone agrees is an awful deal - even if they're not willing to cancel it."

"Trump, on the other hand, quickly attacked Syria, which is good for Israel's interests, and he has expressed important opinions, saying that building in Judea and Samaria is not preventing the PA and Israel from reaching a peace agreement. Trump also said the Iran deal is bad, and dangerous for both Israel and the US.

"Let's look at Trump's actions: First of all, Israel is not criticized by the US for every building project in Judea and Samaria. Secondly, Trump says the Iran deal is very bad, and just like Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Trump says Iran is the number one terror sponsor in the Middle East and the world. That's something you can't ignore. Trump also told his country to leave UNESCO because of anti-Israel discrimination."

Regarding Trump's upcoming decision regarding the Iran deal, Erdan said that he "thinks that today, two years after the deal was signed, everyone understands that Iran is not about to change."

"According to the deal, in nine years from now, Iran will be able to maintain centrifuges which will allow them to create a nuclear bomb within just a few weeks. We see that Iran continues to test ballistic missiles, and is violating the spirit of the deal. Iran's leadership has not become Western, and it does not favor human rights. The opposite is true. The defense officials who support the Iran deal do not excite me. Their actions endanger Israel's security."