Shimon Peres: Trump’s suggestion not to defend allies unless they pay is ‘a great mistake’


JERUSALEM POST – Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s recent remarks that raised questions on his commitment to defending the United States’ NATO allies if he wins the White House race signals a “very great mistake,” former president Shimon Peres said Monday.

Speaking to Bloomberg, the veteran Israeli statesman expressed criticism when asked about Trump’s proposal to depart from long-held US policy and not provide backing to NATO states who haven’t repaid debts to Washington if they are attacked by a foreign entity.

“To suggest that America will disconnect her relations with NATO, that America will leave the whole field open to other countries — in my judgment it’s a mistake,” Peres told Bloomberg ahead of his 93rd birthday.

Speaking to the New York Times in mid-July, Trump responded to a question about potential Russian aggression toward the Baltic states saying that if Moscow attacked them, he would decide whether to come to their aid only after reviewing whether those nations “have fulfilled their obligations to us.”

Trump was quoted as saying he would force allies to shoulder defense costs that the United States has borne for decades, cancel longstanding treaties he views as unfavorable, and redefine what it means to be a partner of the United States.

Peres refrained from directly responding to a question about how Israel would view a Trump presidency, saying “we will see after the election.”

However, he warned against such a plan that had the potential to isolate the US from members of the 1949 treaty that constitutes a system of collective defense for its 28 adherents.

Peres asserted that the United States “was the first superpower in history that did not take, but always gave.”

The nonagenarian Nobel Peace Prize laureate advised that the US not stray from this legacy.

“Giving is wise: You create friends, and friends are the most profitable enterprise you can have, because to have enemies is very expensive and you waste money and you waste time. What for?” he added.

Peres’ remarks in the Bloomberg interview came days after Jerusalem unequivocally denied that Israel’s leadership expressed a preference for Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton in the US presidential race.

“The Prime Minister expressed no preference whatsoever in this presidential race,” Benjamin Netanyahu’s spokesman David Keyes said Thursday following a suggestion by former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani that that was the case.

  1. #1 by Eva F. on 08/02/2016 - 9:34

    “A very great mistake”.. pure gangster- language.. threat.

  2. #2 by rehmat1 on 08/02/2016 - 9:34

    If I’m Donald Trump, I would take Shimon Peres’ warning very seriously. After all Peres is a war criminal and played a major part in the assassination of JFK and PLO leader Yasser Arafat, and stealing enriched bomb-grade uranium from the US.

    Israel-born British author, musician and blogger, Gilad Atzmon, posted on September 25, 2008, saying: “Truth must be said, I do admire fierce President Ahmadinejad almost as much as I despise war criminal Shimon Peres.”

  3. #3 by Tapp on 08/02/2016 - 9:34

    Another name changer…. Real name Perski from Poland. Why do they always change their names? Sky or Ski?

  4. #4 by trevorlabonte on 08/02/2016 - 9:34

    Reblogged this on HumanityAwakened.

  5. #5 by Omar Mohammed on 08/02/2016 - 9:34

    And former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani has recently stated after his visit to Israel that Netanyahu and other Israeli officials want Trump to win.

    Both sides are bad, the Zionists are trying to destroy the US as both candidates are under their control.

    ed note–if this is the case, then why is Robert Kagan–Netanyahu’s man in America, as well as William Kristol, Eliot Abrams and the rest, working to destroy Trump’s candidacy?

    Please, people, let’s use our brains here, that’s why God gave them to us.

  6. #6 by Isaac on 08/03/2016 - 9:34

    Of course those parasites will hate that someone stops their rapacity. they will be PARASITES for ever.

  7. #7 by Tapp on 08/03/2016 - 9:34

    Trump had to allow and agree to Giuliani’s endorsement since he is one conduit to New York Jews that vote, and “they” are the only Jews that count when it comes to the count.
    I did not read the statement attributed to Giuliani about Netanyahu’s endorsement of Trump and any victory.
    Trump knows Giuliani. And he knows his agenda I think.
    The question remains about Peres’ statement and Giuliani’s endorsement as well as Netanyahu, in light of the Zionists Kagansky and Kristol openly and adamantly being opposed to Trump. I still think something is not right here…. The Jews mentioned here appear to be opposed but this deceit and falsehood is a Mossad principle, that has been used for years….but in this instance I still ask why. They might know Hillary is going to win thru fraud…. But why are they opposed?
    I say that the Zionists are totally opposed to his Presidency.

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