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March 17, 2015 7:07 pm

White House Says Committed to ‘Working Very Closely’ With Winner of Israeli Election

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White House spokesman Josh Earnest told The New York Times on Tuesday that regardless of the outcome of today’s general election in Israel, President Obama will work to strengthen ties between the US and the Jewish state.

Obama “remains committed to working very closely with the winner of the ongoing elections to cement and further deepen the strong relationship between the United States and Israel, and the president is confident that he can do that with whomever the Israeli people choose,” Earnest said.

The New York Times called the White House statement a “conciliatory public stand,” but noted the anger the President and his aides felt towards Netanyahu, especially after the Prime Minister’s March 3rd speech before a joint session of Congress.

In February, The New York Times reported an additional source of tension between Obama and Netanyahu when it wrote that former Obama political operative Jeremy Bird was consulting with V15, a group devoted to unseating Netanyahu’s government.

Earnest avoided answering questions in February by The New York Times of whether it was trying oust Netanyahu, saying: “The long tradition of bipartisan support for the U.S.-Israel relationship has served both our countries well for generations, and President Obama will continue to go to great lengths to shield our alliance from the smallness of party politics.”

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  • Yoel Nitzarim

    Oh pooh! As a US citizen, I opine that President Obama and his entire staff have turned their backs on Israel at every turn, in every case, whenever possible. How so very sad! The next twenty-two months of Mr. Obama’s presidency will undoubtedly be” ensconced” in crisis after crisis between the White House and Israel. The greatest bone of contention will be the debacle concerning Iran’s nuclear program. If and when Iran becomes a military nuclear power, the entire Free World will blame the White House and the EU for their feeble-mindedness and feckless negotiations will a terrorist regime on the most malevolent earth-shattering issue in all of human history. The entire Middle East and beyond will be on red alert perpetually.This is not fear-mongering. It is a realistic, pragmatic appraisal resultant of an incredibly incompetent, inept, incorrigible, amoral duality of the White House and the EU and their inane, cowardly dealings with a perverse Iranian regime.

  • Ephraim Shalom

    “Working very closely” explains the administration’s efforts to undermine Mr. Netanyahu’s reelection, and to name Israel critic Robert Malley as the National Security Council’s top MidEast representative. This is not “leadership.” With friends like this, Israel doesn’t need enemies.

  • Reform School

    White Man [and half-white man] Speak with Forked Tongue. The ‘Dämnocrats of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue’ are JOSHing US again. Despite what William Shakespeare taught us about ‘The Importance of Being EARNEST,’ the petulant, half-black President is playing the Council on Foreign Relations’ Loan Sharks against the Muslim Brotherhood’s Barracudas.

    Caught again pants-down with one hand in the cookie jar, as details of his covert C.I.A. operation to unseat Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu (by throwing its March 17th election) begin to leak out, his illegal expenditure of U.S. Treasury funds has the illegitimate son of President Richard Milhaus Nixon running in full Damage Control mode, working overtime to prevent yet another Article of Impeachment from being brought to a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives. Allies John Boehner and Mitch McConnell can prevent only so much.

  • Jeff

    The Netanyahu landslide is the Israeli way of “thanking” the Obama Administration for their support!

  • I think this has given Obama a ‘black eye’. Making a fuss, perhaps gave Bibi a boost?

  • Marc

    Note that Obama objected to Netanyau speaking to Congress because of a potential impact on the Israeli election at the very time his political operatives were in Israel trying to win the election for Netanyahu’s opponents.

    I’d rate the chances of snowball surviving in Hell higher than that Obama will mend his ways and actually work cooperatively with Netanyahu.

  • RobiMac

    Seriously, Ernest? Who are you trying to convince of this line of BS, the American populace or just yourself?

  • judithg

    Obama is “committed”. he ought to be committed to a mental asylum. delusional pathological grifter.

  • Ivan Gur-Arie

    I am delighted if it is true that Bibi won. Obama does not realize it yet but Bibi is trying to pull Obama’s as out of the fire. Obama is so weak that Puting is stationing troops on the borders of our allies and is brazen enough to admit that he was responsible for the situation in the Ukraine. Why would he do this? He perceives that Obama and the EU or muddling along inhaving no coherent policy that will stand for principle. History never changes only the actors do.

  • Ephraim

    Obama is a Jew hating anti Semite who just declared Hezbollah and Iran non terrorist countries.osama working with Israel. A lie

  • art

    Obama is angry, unlike Bill Clinton he could not unseat Netanyahu . Enough US meddling in Israeli politics!! Now expect Obama to try to pressure Israel through the UN and EU and impose the saudi plan. Expect Obama to refuse to protect Israel in the UN and expect Obama to use proxies against Israel.

  • Andrew

    Might be best if he doesn’t work closely as he is an enemy of Israel.


    i want to hear the call Obama will make to Bibi in congratulating
    for wining the election