Fox host defends Netanyahu against indictments: "This is because the deep state of Israel and the bureaucracy there hates him"
Pete Hegseth: "Call it what our president calls it: trumped-up charges"
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From the March 1 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends:
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BRIAN KILMEADE (CO-HOST): You were in Israel a couple of times over the last few weeks doing specials for Fox Nation, and Benjamin Netanyahu is in a political -- he's in a political fight now for maybe his freedom. I mean, he's going to be indicted. Do you want too -- yeah he's been indicted. Can you tell us what he is up against?
PETE HEGSETH (FOX NEWS HOST): Yeah, I’ll tell you this. I had a chance to interview the prime minister. I’ve spoken to people very, very close to him and intimately involved in this process. And if you think our deep state is bad here in America, it's really bad in Israel. And they have not been able to beat Bibi Netanyahu at the ballot box, and so they’re trying to beat him through these trumped-up -- he calls it a witch hunt. Call it what our president calls it: trumped-up charges. What they're charging him with is, first of all, he got a cigar from a friend, which strikes me as a good thing. Second of all, he got positive press coverage from a website apparently due to changes in regulations. If you actually look at that website, it's been overwhelmingly negative coverage to him. This is because the deep state of Israel and the bureaucracy there hates him. They can't beat him. The people love him. They appreciate what he’s done for the state of Israel and, as a result, he will fight this and he will beat this.
AINSLEY EARHARDT (CO-HOST): He won't have to step down?
HEGSETH: He will not have to step down, he's been a great friend to the United States of America and great for the country of Israel.
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