Republican presidential hopefuls are rebuffing former President Donald Trump after he declared Hezbollah “very smart” and criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu days after Hamas’ massacre of Israelis over the weekend.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, former Vice President Mike Pence, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley condemned the GOP presidential frontrunner’s comments, after Trump’s remarks on the crisis.

At a political rally on Wednesday, Trump said Netanyahu “let us down” before the U.S. killed top Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani in 2020, and said Israeli leaders need to “step up their game.”

The former president said of Hezbollah, an Iran-backed Lebanese militia designated as a foreign terrorist organization by the State Department, “You know, Hezbollah is very smart,” amid Israel’s concerns that Hezbollah could open another front in the war from the north. In an interview Thursday, Trump said Netanyahu was “not prepared” for last weekend’s surprise assault by Hamas.

The conflict has resulted in thousands of deaths in Israel and Gaza combined, as of Friday, and at least 27 Americans are known to be among the dead.

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