Skip to comments.Netanyahu insists Obama just as much a friend of Israel as George W. Bush
Posted on 09/25/2011 10:47:36 AM PDT by Nachum
One of the critiques of President Barack Obama has been that he hasnt been as strong an ally of Israel as his predecessors were, a concept trotted out by many of the 2012 Republican presidential candidates in various public statements.
But in an appearance on Sundays Meet the Press on NBC, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu disagreed with that notion. He praised the American people and American lawmakers, including President Obama, for their support of Israel.
I think the important thing to understand is this, Netanyahu said. And this is the truth about America Israel enjoys tremendous bipartisan support, tremendous. And you just have to walk around the breadth and length of this country, you know fly, its a big country. And everywhere you go, you see this tremendous, tremendous sympathy and affinity for Israel. This is what, is one of the great blessings that Israel has in the 21st century. And I think that bipartisan support is expressed by any person who happens to be the president of the United States, including President Obama.
Netanyahu added that the same sentiment is held by Israelis about the United States.
Every one of the U.S. presidents represent and acts on the tremendous innate friendship of the American people to Israel, he continued. And by the way, a piece of news, Israel is one country in which everyone is pro-American, opposition and coalition alike. And I represent the entire people of Israel who say thank you America and we are friends of America. And we are the only reliable allies of America in the Middle East.
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Disappointing to hear him say this.
Were his fingers crossed?
He has to say that. But if he had a vote, I suspect he would vote for the Republican in the Presidential election.
I imagine the Obama regime made him some kind of offer he couldn’t refuse.
He didn’t say it...the headline is very misleading...left wing propaganda.
We KNOW the relationship between Obama and Net sucks. Like I said, Net was being a gentleman.
Netanyahu best watch how much praise he gives to Zero, or he will be dealing with him another four years along with us.
This is easy. Netanyahu is frightened that if he criticizes Obozo and Obozo wins re-election then Obozo will take revenge on Israel.
“I imagine the Obama regime made him some kind of offer he couldnt refuse.”
I’ve heard a lot of Freepers say they wish Netanyahu could be the next President of America.
Uh, uh. He is Prime Minister of Israel, and his duty is to do his best by Israel.
If that means lying diplomatically about the worst enemy Israel has ever had in the White House, and helping Obama smooth over his recent bad relations with American Jews, then so be it.
Obama would betray Israel in a heartbeat if he thought he could get away with it, but in the meantime, Netanyahu has no choice but to try and butter him up.
You’re right, he didn’t say it. Gregory was being an ass and tried to trap Bibi. Bibi did not insist BO was just as much a friend as GWB. He said BO was a friend as were the American People, but he did not say he was as much a friend as GWB. David Gregory is a big jerk.
Bibi says what he says because it is politic.
When his back was against the wall, Bibi did not play the game with Hussein.
Anyone who saw Bibi publicly lecture Hussein the chump about how the 1967 borders were unacceptable knows Bibi has Hussein’s number.
Don’t let these words discourage you...they are just friendly diplospeak. Hussein is not Israel’s friend, and Bibi knows it. He just cannot say it for the sake of politics.
Bibi answered the question ... (in a nutshell) .... Obama's support for Israel is only because he does not want to commit political suicide, he loathes Israel.
Bibi’s no fool. He still has to play the game until Obama is out of office, so that Obama does the least damage possible to Israel while still IN office. Obama still wields a great deal of power, and Bibi must neutralize Obama as much as possible until he is gone. Another reason why this next election is so important. We must get a Prez in office that is pro-Israel, 100 percent. That means any of our candidates with the exception of whacko Ron Paul.
Gregory should be fired for the kind of cr** he pulled on Net. Pssst.....Gregory lost.
He HAS to say that. The “word” in Israel however is much different.
yowza, talk about theater of the absurd.
bush=friend, zero=friend, zero=bush. Does this mean that Bush was NOT a friend of Israel?
Wink, wink! Keep that money coming.
It’s a trap question from a journalist that he artfully evaded.
Nothing to see here.
Yeah...and all those hi-jackers on 9-11 loved America too!
He never said that and refused to answer the question. He said all Presidents are friends. It was obvious what he really thought.
Pray for America
>Disappointing to hear him say this.<
In his position, he has to be diplomatic and smart. He already knows Odumbo is hostile against Israel and he probably puked inside his mouth when he said it. Now wait until next summer when the elections will be on 3rd gear, and he will change his tune..
You’re correct, of course. Sure would have made for a much more interesting interview though, no?
Sounds like someone slipped Bibi some of Barry’s Special Kool-Aid...
Either he doesn’t think much of Bush, or he is doing a political dance with OZero.
Really? Truly? And here...I thought after seeing him interviewed on Greta the other night that he would be finally taking a stand... guess not. A great disappointment but.... guess it is to be expected.
Actually, if one looks at the side chatter which occurred after Bibi’s speech to the UN, there’s a video of Bibi and Bams where Bibi DOES praise America, American Presidents and Bams for support of Israel.
On that video (at cspan) Bibi wears a very pleased look on his face as he says what he says, and Bams looks like he’s very pleased with the praise, like his ego was thoroughly and properly stroked. He looks proud.
Sometimes one can draw more flies with honey than with vinegar. Perhaps this is what Bibi was doing, who knows the heart of a man but G-d? If it’s effective, it serves it’s purpose.
Bibi seems to be a very gracious man.
Nice fine line walking, Bibi. Hopefully you won’t have to put up with this idiot in the White House for too much longer. ‘America’ got your message.
I don't think "frightened" is the word I'd use ("concerned" would be my word), but he knows as well as you and me Obama's propensity for punishing people he doesn't like, in the Chicago way.
The Daily Quacker.
Or, God forbid, face the same fate as Rabin.
I am in the camp that believes Netanyahu spoke positively about Obama to protect Israel from any retribution.
And who knows, maybe Obama even strongly suggested that he would help Israel at the UN if Netanyahu would speak well of him in the US.
What could he say?
Sort of the equivalent of “Yeah, great. Whatever”
Obamma is sitting in his golf cart going "shut the hell up Bibi...enough already, youre making me look non muslim!"
What else is he going to say in public? O's the president of the United States whether we like it or not.
Israel need Obama’s veto of a Palestinian state at the UN.
Youre probably right. Worried might be a better word but frightened was the only one i could think of at the time.
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