Sunday, September 25, 2011

Netanyahu wants to stay out of American politics: All W.H. contenders are 'friends of Israel'

(Politico, Jpost).Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says President Barack Obama and his Republican challengers for the White House are all friends of Israel.

Appearing on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday, Netanyahu said he's not going to be "thrown under the bus of American politics." Of Republican front-runners Mitt Romney and Rick Perry, who each have said they will be stronger allies of Israel than has Obama, Netanyahu heaped praise on them all.
"They're all friends of Israel, equally representing the friendship with America."
Netanyahu said in an interview with CNN on Friday that Danon should not have attended a recent internal American political event featuring Perry.

Saying he had no prior knowledge about Danon's participation in the US political event, Netanyahu said that if he had known, "I would have told him to stay out of American politics."

In an interview to the Jerusalem Post, MK Danny Danon (Likud) denied that he had endorsed American Republican primary candidate Gov. Rick Perry, "I appreciate the activities of anyone who supports Israel, whether they are Republicans or Democrats," Danon explained.
"I have been criticized for my cooperation with Republicans, but I think that I am putting pressure on the Democrats and influencing Obama to be more pro-Israel. My rally with Perry and Rep. Bob Turner (R-NY) had an influence in Washington." 
"The US President won't want to face off with a pro-Israel Congress in an election year."