‘They actually are achieving the opposite direction’
The Obama administration’s criticism of the current Israeli government only serves to make Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Likud party more popular with the electorate, charged Likud Knesset Member Danny Danon in a U.S. radio interview Sunday.
Danon was speaking on “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio” on New York’s AM 970 The Answer.
Danon had been asked about some recent accusations the Obama administration may be trying to influence the March 17 general elections in Israel by repeatedly criticizing Netanyahu’s policies.
The Likud politician charged “there are a few people in the administration who sometimes want to get involved and I can tell you one thing. Whenever somebody tries to get involved in our politics they actually are achieving the opposite direction.”
He continued: “For example, when President Clinton was trying to get involved in the elections in Israel, he was supporting the Likud party. The same for today.
“The more pressure we see that comes from the U.S. it makes my party, the Likud party, stronger. Because the people understand that the prime minister and the Likud Party are standing on the issues.”
Danon stressed he was referring only to some White House members and not the general U.S. leadership.
He spoke of Israel’s “very strong relationship with the United States,” which he told Klein he had personally witnessed.
“I was in the Pentagon in the last summer as the deputy minister of defense and I was exposed to the level of support and confidence that we have between the strong nations,” stated Danon.
Leftist politicians here have repeatedly utilized Obama administration criticism of the current Israeli government to attack Netanyahu politically.
In October, Israel’s Ynet news website reported that a request by Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon to meet with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry and National Security Adviser Susan Rice during his visit to Washington had been denied by the White House. This reported move is highly unusual, and was seen in Israel as a nearly unprecedented snub of Netanyahu’s government.
It helped to set off a firestorm against Netanyahu domestically, particularly among the center and the left, with senior politicians Tzippy Livni and Yair Lapid leading the charge.
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