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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Netanyahu lashes out at Obama

In an earlier post, I reported that senior Likud party members had reacted harshly to President Obama's comments on Prime Minister Netanyahu as reported by Jeffrey Goldberg. Now, Netanyahu himself has reacted.
A day after US columnist Jeffrey Goldberg quoted US President Barack Obama as saying that Israel under Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu does not know what is in its own best interest, Netanyahu visited the Gaza border Wednesday, was told that December was the quietest month in the last 12 years, and essentially replied to Obama: "Yes I do."
"I think everyone understands that only Israel's citizens will be the ones to determine who faithfully represents Israel's vital interests," Netanyahu said on a visit to an army base near Gaza in his first direct response to Obama's reported criticism. "Over the last four years we stood up against strong pressure, and I will continue to do so for Israel's security.
Netanyahu, who was joined on his visit by Defense Minister Ehud Barak and top IDF brass, was told that according to the security establishment's figures, December was the quietest month in the south since January 2001.
"I am very impressed by the advanced technological means, and even more so by our young soldiers operating them here," he said. "The IDF, Shin Bet, and security force are doing very important work here. They are maintaining the quiet which has been kept since Operation Pillar of Defense."
Netanyahu said that no one had any delusions, and that the quiet could be shattered at any time. But, he said, the IDF was prepared for any scenario. "We will do everything necessary to defend Israel's citizens here and everywhere else."
January 2001 - for the record - was four and a half years before Ariel Sharon expelled all of Gaza's Jews. It was just four months after Yasser Arafat started the Oslo terror war.

And you wonder why the Right is winning the election polls?

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