- Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer is criticized for her comment on Israel.
- Aryeh Lightstone, a former adviser to the U.S. ambassador to Israel, demanded Whitmer’s resignation.
- Whitmer made a subsequent post expressing clear support for Israel after facing backlash.
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer is facing sharp criticism and calls for her resignation after what’s been labeled a vague response to the situation in Israel.
Whitmer initially shared her thoughts on the attacks in Israel, stating on social media site X, “I have been in touch with communities impacted by what’s happening in the region. It is abhorrent. My heart is with all those impacted. We need peace in this region.”
Aryeh Lightstone, a former adviser to the U.S. ambassador to Israel, responded with criticism, reminding her of the hospitality he had extended to her. “I hosted you for Thanksgiving in Israel just a few years ago. I am embarrassed for you and by you & disappointed that I opened my home and my family to you,” Lightstone posted in reply to Whitmer.
Speaking to Fox News, Lightstone expressed disbelief over the perceived insincerity of Whitmer’s comments. “The job of a leader is to know the difference between right and wrong. The job of a politician is apparently to say nothing, and she demonstrated that she’s a politician,” he observed. He further insisted on her resignation, stating, “She watched this happen in real time… She should resign immediately.”
Lightstone did not hold back in pointing out Whitmer’s direct experience with Israel, emphasizing, “She was in Israel. She saw what happened. She went to the border. She saw the people.”
Subsequent to Lightstone’s comments, Whitmer offered a more pointed statement on X. “The images that continue to come out of Israel on the anniversary of the Yom Kippur War are devastating… There is no justification for violence against Israel. My support is steadfast.”
However, Lightstone felt that this subsequent statement from Whitmer was merely a reaction to being publicly called out. “There’s only two sides of this. There’s a right side and a wrong side. She chose the wrong side… I just think she’s a politician,” he remarked.
He went on to stress the challenges Israel is facing, noting, “Israel is resilient, Israel is strong, but Israel is going through the worst day in its history… Israel has never asked for and never will ask for a single American troop on the ground here.”
Addressing the broader narrative surrounding Israel, Lightstone underscored, “Every one of these people chanting ‘death to Israel’ finishes the sentence with ‘death to America.’” He concluded with an assertion on Israel’s unity, emphasizing that, “The people of the United States of America, I believe, strongly love Israel.”
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