Alex Karp, CEO of Palantir Technologies, on Saturday criticized companies that remained silent following the October 7 terrorist attack on Israel.
During a panel discussion at the Reagan National Defense Forum, Karp condemned American businesses for their “abhorrent failure to stand up to people who are anti-American, who are breathing the fumes of a thin new religion in the schools of ‘elite’.
He added that many of these people “actually believe it would be better if the world were run by China rather than America.”
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“And we remain silent,” Karp lamented. “As far as I know, there are only three companies that were publicly pro-Israel on October 7,” he said, citing Booz Allen, Anduril Industries and his own company, Palantir.
“We have to do better,” Karp said, adding that this is a problem that needs to be solved by business leaders, not politicians.
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“For example, somehow the business elite of this country think that when it’s time to make money, you have to stand up. And when it’s time to stand up , he’s going to play golf. And we have to change that. It’s our fault, it’s no one else’s fault,” he said.
Karp and other U.S. national security experts participated on the panel to discuss the results of the Reagan Forum on National Defense’s sixth annual National Defense Survey. The national opinion poll finds that most Americans want to increase military spending and provide security assistance to Israel, Ukraine and Taiwan.
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“Our survey shows that Americans remain committed, like President Reagan, to supporting those who defend freedom around the world,” Roger Zakheim, director of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Institute, said in a news release Thursday.
“At a time when global conflicts are escalating, rather than retreating, Americans have shown their resolve to oppose authoritarianism and strengthen American leadership in the world,” Zakheim said. “As Congress debates reducing defense spending, our leaders should heed the views of the American public, who expect our elected officials to strengthen the U.S. military and weaken our authoritarian adversaries.”
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The poll found that 77% of Americans surveyed support increased military spending. A majority of Americans view China as the country that poses the greatest threat to the United States, and also support increased military assistance to Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan.
At the same time, trust in the U.S. military remains at an all-time low, with only 46 percent of respondents reporting high confidence in the U.S. military, according to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute.