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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Netanyahu: The hell I'll do Obama's dirty work for him

Haaretz reports that Prime Minister Netanyahu has refused to disavow former Ambassador Michael Oren's op-ed in the Wall Street Journal earlier this week, nor Oren's book which will be published on Tuesday (and will be an instant best-seller at this rate - mine has been ordered). The Times of Israel summarizes what's happened.
The op-ed has drawn unhappy reactions from the US, including an angry phone call from US Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro to Netanyahu, asking the prime minister to renounce Oren’s ideas in a public statement, according to a report in Haaretz Thursday.
Netanyahu refused Shapiro’s request and said he had no intention of publicly addressing the piece, an anonymous source told the newspaper.
The prime minister said Oren was no longer a public official but a politician belonging to another party and therefore he saw no reason he should intervene, Israel’s Army Radio reported, citing a statement from Netanyahu’s office.
The Prime Minister’s Office refused to share Netanyahu’s views on the issue.
Shapiro’s office also refused to comment on the content of his call with Netanyahu.
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Shapiro also reached out to Kulanu leader Moshe Kahlon Wednesday to address the claims made in the opinion piece and in a book Oren has written about his time as ambassador to the US.
Kahlon, in response, sent a letter to Shapiro emphasizing that they were Oren’s personal views and did not reflect the party line of Kulanu.
Oren, according to Kahlon’s letter, wrote his book before he joined the party. Kahlon, who serves an finance minister, said he had summoned Oren and made clear his appreciation for the US’s commitment to Israel.
Speaking to Army Radio Wednesday morning, Shapiro called Oren’s claims “imaginary” and accused him of creating drama to sell books.
The sentiment was later echoed by a US State Department spokesperson, who said Oren’s claims were not accurate and did not reflect the reality of US-Israeli ties when Oren was a diplomat.
US Secretary of State John Kerry also denied Oren’s statements, saying they were made in order to sell his book.
Can't wait to read the book.... 



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3 Comments:

At 9:25 PM, Blogger FrenchKiss said...

So the guy who called Prime Minister Netanyahu a "chickenshit", is whining about an article in which his duplicity was exposed with facts, and wants an apology. Ha! Payback is a real bitch, eh Obama?

 
At 11:47 PM, Blogger Professor Miao said...

I think we know what happened to the July invite to the White House...

 
At 6:39 PM, Blogger Alex in Montana said...

Obama is a narcissistic teenager girl who is spoiled rotten by his handlers and admin staff who praise him to the moon. In that respect he is no different than Castro, any North Korean leader or any dictator for that matter. Our media is in the bag for him. So he has hissy fits when criticized.

 

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