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November 7, 2012 9:00 am

Most Israeli Officials Congratulate Obama, But Danon Says Israel Must Not ‘Cave in’ to His Demands

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Israeli MK and Deputy Knesset Speaker Danny Danon. Photo: World Likud.

Most Israeli officials congratulated President Barack Obama on his reelection Tuesday, starting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

“The strategic alliance between Israel and the U.S. is stronger than ever. I will continue to work with President Obama in order to assure the interests that are vital to the security of the citizens of Israel,” Netanyahu said in a statement, despite reported tension between the two leaders over how to deal with Iran.

President Shimon Peres said “During his four years in office, the president contributed immensely to the security of Israel.” Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren said the relationship between Obama and Netanyahu “is completely fine” and that he doesn’t “expect any change regarding Israel in Obama’s second term.”

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“The two countries have intimate, strong relations, we have mutual interests—the resumption of the peace process immediately without preconditions; on the Iran issue where our differences have been reduced significantly recently, we work together to make sure Iran does not obtain nuclear weapons,” Oren said.

World Likud Chair Danny Danon, however, was not as diplomatic. “Israel must not cave in to Obama’s demands; his re-election attests to the fact that the responsibility of furthering Israel’s interests lies with Israel and Israel alone,” Danon said. “We cannot trust anyone but ourselves,” he added.

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  • angelo

    Where will Israel’s best interest be without America?

  • Herbert Grossman

    What demands of America does Hersch refer to? Is Israel demanding that America give up Texas to Mexico, move the border barrier north, negotiate with al-Quaeda and compromise with its demands, and share Washington, DC with another country?

  • MarkNYC

    While Danon’s comments may or may not reflect reality, coming from such a prominent Likud official at this time, they are not only inapproriate but arrogant and idiotic. The Israeli’s will do what they need to do, but you don’t bite the hand that feeds you (yes, like it or not, that is also reality). What was he trying to accomplish by making such remarks to the media? After a bruising political campaign in which Obama’s relations with Israel became an issue, Danon’s use of the phrase “cave in to Obama’s demands” so soon after the latter’s victory can only antagonize Obama’s supporters in a completely unnecessary way. Is he stupid or something? For Israel’s sake, Danon should be forced to resign his position.

  • Jerry Hersch

    Nor should America cave into Israeli demands-demands that come from one Israeli Party..one of perhaps a dozen and a half parties of which about a dozen have representation.
    There are many Israeli voices..all of whom should make their voices also heard in America including the halls of Congress.
    A slanted American media-especially Jewish America media gives overwhelming voice to one very vocal segment-whose arrogant leader is turning many Jewish Americans away.
    American is not an Israeli colony on which “Bibi” can wipe his boots-Were it not for his comfortable sounding non-accented America English the media in America would have given him the boot.
    Realizing his Ameican “movie idol” days have run its course – he proposed an Israeli marriage..not for Israel’s sake to show a united front as he claims-but to renew an American media show with a new persona.

  • Linda

    And Israel should ALWAYS act in her own best interest!

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