The man who hosted Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and her entourage at his home in Israel in 2019 has expressed his regrets for displaying such hospitality due to the governor’s comments about the Hamas invasion of Israel over the weekend in which she failed to mention either Hamas or Israel.
He later called on Whitmer to resign.
“I hosted you for Thanksgiving in Israel just a few years ago,” Aryeh Lightstone wrote on X, formerly Twitter, on Saturday. “I am embarrassed for you and by you & disappointed that I opened my home and my family to you.”
Lightstone was an advisor to U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman during the administration of former President Donald Trump. He was responding to Whitmer’s Saturday tweet in which she failed to condemn the invasion of Israel by Hamas terrorists.
“I have been in touch with communities impacted by what’s happening in the region,” the governor wrote. “It is abhorrent. My heart is with all those impacted. We need peace in this region.”
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.— Governor Gretchen Whitmer (@GovWhitmer) October 7, 2023
Whitmer visited Israel in November 2019 and was invited to celebrate American Thanksgiving in Lightstone’s home. The governor attended the Water Technology and Environmental Control Conference and visited Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and Bethlehem to meet with business, government, and nonprofit leaders.
“The job of a leader is to know the difference between right and wrong,” Lightstone later told Fox News Digital. “The job of a politician is apparently to say nothing, and she demonstrated that she’s a politician,” he said.
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“She watched this happen in real time. And to watch women and children be kidnapped and raped and murdered, and to not be able to say something? She should resign immediately,” Lightstone said of Whitmer.
Following Lightstone’s initial admonition, Whitmer added another tweet in which she explicitly mentioned Israel: “The images that continue to come out of Israel on the anniversary of the Yom Kippur War are devastating. The loss of lives in Israel – children and families – is absolutely heartbreaking and appalling,” she wrote. “There is no justification for violence against Israel. My support is steadfast.”