Monday, December 31, 2012

Dem Strategist Greenberg Accuses Netanyahu of Ordering Office Break-in 'Without Evidence'

Former Bill Clinton strategist and Democratic pollster Stanley Greenberg, who is today advising the Israeli Labor Party campaign, is accusing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of having ordered the break-in of his Washington office almost fourteen years ago, The Blaze reports.
In 1999, the office of Greenberg’s polling company was broken into twice within two weeks. After the first overnight intrusion into the building situated just blocks from the U.S. Capitol, Israeli media likened the incident to the 1972 break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate office complex that ultimately led to President Richard Nixon’s resignation.

In the second incident, intruders broke through a second story window and disabled an alarm that was installed after the first theft. At the time, Greenberg was advising Labor Party leader Ehud Barak, 

Perhaps to score a political point for his client Shelly Yechimovich chose in an interview to Amit Segal for Channel 2, to blame Netanyahu for the 1999 criminal acts in Washington.

Q: Do you still believe it was Mr. Netanyahu’s command?
A: Yes.
Q: Really.
A: [Laugh] Without evidence. But, yeah, I can’t find anyplace else.

In 1998, Netanyahu mocked his then-rival Barak for relying so much on his American advisers, which included James Carville. Netanyahu then referred to Greenberg in a Knesset speech as he addressed Barak: “Indeed, you frequently dial the 202 area code. For whoever doesn’t know, that’s Washington. I don’t know how savvy that Greenberg is about Israeli politics.