Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu saw President Donald Trump “eye to eye” as he had a major “disagreement” with President Barack Obama, he told Fox News Digital in an exclusive interview.

In his new memoir, “Bibi: My Story”, Netanyahu discusses many aspects of his personal and professional life, including his various relationships with presidents: he first held the position of prime minister during the administration of Bill Clinton; he then began his second term in the Obama administration; and he resigned a few months after current President Joe Biden took office.

He told Fox News Digital that each president had “certain qualities” that allowed relationships to exist, but found he had “an obvious divergence” with Obama.

“[Obama] I believed that peace brings power, and I believe that power brings peace, and not least, I believe that power keeps peace, “Netanyahu said.” When you are dealing with undemocratic regimes, this is the only way to keep the peace. “

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But he found Trump as a president with whom he saw “eye to eye” and with whom he achieved “great things” for Israel, including the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and the relocation of the US embassy there.

“I credit him for this and for the recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, which withdrew from the dangerous agreement with Iran, but I work and will continue to work with whomever the American people elect for the betterment of all, both Americans and Israelis. “Netanyahu said.

President Donald Trump, right, meets Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on September 15, 2020 at the White House.
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He also had a difficult relationship with Clinton and Obama due to each administration’s alleged interference to influence the Israeli elections of the time, but each time Netanyahu was able to overcome the growing resistance and win his seat.

“President Clinton was very charming about this,” he revealed. “He tried to bring me down when I ran for my first term, and after I was elected, he called me and said, ‘Bibi, I have to pass it to you: we tried to beat you, but you beat us fairly and square.'”

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“This was Clinton’s quintessential charm. So politically incorrect, an American president openly admitting to having spoken in another country’s democratic elections [and] an ally, “he noted.” And under the Obama administration, the State Department spent $ 300,000 on an NGO that was openly working on elections to overthrow my government, so I don’t think that’s a question that claims that. The facts confirm this “.

Israel in the coming days will hold a new election to vote for members of the main state body, known as the Knesset, which could return Netanyahu for a third term as prime minister if his Likud party wins enough votes to form a ruling coalition.

FILE - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, meets President Bill Clinton at the White House.

FILE – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, meets President Bill Clinton at the White House.
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After a minor defeat against an unprecedented coalition of opposition parties, the Likud has in turn maintained a slim lead ahead of the elections.

Even if the polls had him ahead, Netanyahu said he will continue to run for elections and will “assume” that he will lose if he does not run “as hard as I can,” but remains confident that the Likud party has a “good chance” of regain the lost majority in 2021.

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“I think there is a very good chance of winning this time around because people have tasted the difference,” Netanyahu said.

“I think many in Israel want to see a return to a committed government in Israel as a Jewish state, a government [that] is committed to restoring a powerful economy, a powerful army and security for all Israelis, “he added.” You’d be surprised [that] the Likud, under my leadership, receives more Arab-Israeli votes than all other Jewish parties combined. It is quite astounding. “

President Barack Obama, right, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meet in the White House on July 6, 2010.

President Barack Obama, right, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meet in the White House on July 6, 2010.
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Should he regain power, Netanyahu could find himself working with a Democrat-controlled Congress. Biden warned Netanyahu that the Democrats have “shifted” to Israel, which Netanyahu attributed to a “radical fringe” in the party.

“He didn’t say it with those words,” Netanyahu said. “I am saying that there is a radical and progressive element that is hostile to Israel, hostile even to anything that Americans, many Americans, believe in.”

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“I know they don’t reflect the views of the majority of Democratic voters because the Gallup poll, a monitoring poll every year looks for their views, and it shows that support for Israel has remained broadly stable among Democratic voters,” he continued. “I think people don’t understand this because support for Israel among Republicans has skyrocketed, but overall in the American electorate, support for Israel has been very strong.”

Netanyahu cited “strong support” for “sharing basic values” as “defending democracy and defending our common interests”.

With the members of Team Bibi overlooking the Lebanese border, 1971.

With the members of Team Bibi overlooking the Lebanese border, 1971.
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One of these values ​​is the pursuit of peace, through which Netanyahu and Trump have agreed four peace agreements with individual nations to create the Abraham Accords.

Interim Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid in his speech to the UN General Assembly called for a two-state solution with the Palestinians.

“A two-state, two-peoples agreement with the Palestinians is the right thing for Israel’s security, for the Israeli economy and for the future of our children,” Lapid said, but Netanyahu insists that the The only “viable” solution implies “something less than a state”.

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“The Palestinians should have all the powers to live … but not the powers to threaten our lives, which means … that absolute security responsibility for both Israel and its adjacent Palestinian areas would remain with hands of Israel, “Netanyahu said, including control of air and ground passageways and the ability to take action against terrorists.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu makes a wish written at the Western Wall with his son, Yair, in Jerusalem around 1998.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu makes a wish written at the Western Wall with his son, Yair, in Jerusalem around 1998.
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“I said it must remain in the hands of Israel, otherwise our experience is that the Islamists take over,” he said. “When we left Lebanon, Iran took over with Hezbollah, its delegates; when we left Gaza, Iran took over with its delegates, Hamas. We can’t allow it to happen that goes around Jerusalem. and overlooks Tel Aviv “.

“People said, ‘Well, you’re not offering us full sovereignty,’ and I said, ‘That’s right.’ Assuming we meet the other conditions, no, I am not … but this is the only deal that will work. “

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Netanyahu feels a particular responsibility to safeguarding Israel due to his father’s involvement in the revisionist Zionist movement, which lobbied the United States for support for the creation of Israel, entrusting the task of “safeguarding and cultivating state power. Hebrew “to the following generation.

“My generation must … ensure that [Israel] it has a future, which continues to survive and thrive, “Netanyahu said.” And that’s what I’ve dedicated my life to.

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