Netanyahu to Critics of US Relationship: You Will “Not Get Away With It”

November 8, 2012 10:25 am 9 comments

Israeli PM Bejnamin Netanyahu (left) with President Obama (right). Photo: wiki commons.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded to critics Thursday saying, “There are those among us who are trying to instigate strife between Israel and the US,” adding they would “not get away with it.”

The Prime Minister made the statements at a cornerstone-laying event for a hospital in Ashdod.

“The alliance between the countries is strong and cooperation exists in all fields, especially when it comes to security, there cooperation is deep, broad and fundamental,” Netanyahu said.

Netanyahu’s comments came a day after former Israeli Prime Minster Ehud Olmert made provocative remarks at a meeting with New York Jewish leaders. “Following what Netanyahu did in the last few months, the question arises of whether or not our prime minister has a friend in the White House,” he said.

Olmert also said, “What took place this time was a breaking of all the rules, when our prime minister intervened in the US elections in the name of an American billionaire with a clear interest in the vote,” Olmert continued. “The very same billionaire used Israel’s prime minister to advance a nominee of his own for president.”

Olmert was referencing Jewish-American casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, who reportedly donated upwards of $70 million to Romney’s failed campaign. Adelson also owns the Israeli daily newspaper Israel Hayom, which many see as a backer of Netanyahu.

During the election some accused Benjamin Netanyahu of backing GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney. In Florida a pro-Romney organization used video of Netanyahu at press conference speaking on the Iranian nuclear threat in an attempt to persuade Jewish voters.

According to The Times of Israel on Thursday US Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro denied that tension exists between the two leaders. He said their relationship was an open one and that in the nine meetings between the two held over the years, discussions were positive and constructive and would continue to be.

9 Comments

  • Does Netanyahu’s criticism of “those among us who are trying to instigate strife between Israel and the US” include his own Likud party chief and Deputy Speaker of the Knesset Danny Danon, who within a day of the U.S. election suggested that Israeli’s not “cave” in to Obama’s demands? Or is the use of such inflammatory and unecessary language not instigating strife between Iarael and the US.

    • Israel is a robust free swinging Democratic country. No one controls anyone else’s remarks.

      However, when I am at WH meetings where Livini and Olmert encourage the United States to “exercise tough love with Israel” that is destructive to the state of Israel and is very close to treason.

      Just like when Nancy Pelosi and John Kerry traveled to Syria and undercut George Bush they encouraged the current bloodshed.

    • Danny Danon expressed his opinion, which happened to be correct. Those Jews (Israeli or not) who wish to repeat the position of those who asserted that “Hitler will never do that” will lead Israel down the path to destruction.

  • It was unprecedented and undiplomatic for an Israeli prime minister to choose sides in an American election. What makes it even more embarrassing is that Netanyahu chose the losing side.

    • This was crap broadcast by Debbie Wasserman-Schultz . It was the Democrats who tried to make Israel into a wedge issue.

  • Marta Mikey Frid

    Olmert continues with his opportunistic bashing of the Israeli Government without looking into his long standing motivations for doing so.
    Shame on him and all those ideologues (cf Haaretz’s spokesman in the CNN debate held by Zakaria prior to the US elections). They are more intent in sacrificing Israel’s position in the world – and their own integrity – than in securing a lasting future for the country.

  • Olmert’s cheap shots at PM Netanyahu are consistent with Olmert’s own career, which include sleazy business dealings and a lack of trust among the Israeli electorate. The breaking of rules is what Olmert himself is doing, taking advantage of the election, to undermine the elected Israeli leader and enhance his own political career. Accusations of Netanyahu’s involvement in the US election is still another of the malicious charges against him, while Bibi’s behavior has been as or more statesmanlike than any other world leader over the past few years, given the incredible pressures on him from all sides. (Adelson’s Israeli newspaper is said to be quite balanced, which is why the leftist papers accuse it of being pro Netanyahu and Adelson has a perfect right to spend his money legally on an election campaign without any involvement of Netanyahu which is pure innuendo. )
    And – sorry – anyone who did not recognize the assaults by Obama on Netanyahu over the past 3 years is wearing blinders. I hope that Obama’s reelection will give him the confidence impel him to recognize how strong an ally Israel and its PM are , when treated decently and respectfully. .

    • ”Bibi’s behavior has been as or more statesmanlike than any other world leader over the past few years”
      WHEN DID THIS HAPPEN ?

      ISRAEL IS FLAPPING ABOUT ON THIS ALTAR OF INCOMPETENCE COMPLETELY WITHOUT DIRECTION.

      WE HAVE AN INSANE CONDUCTOR

      BUT WE DON’T NOTICE.

      AND GOD………..
      IS LAUGHING HIS FRIGGING HEAD OF.

  • Guess ‘Bibi’ lost his mirror.

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