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.
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....
Labels: Barack Hussein Obama, Binyamin Netanyahu, Dan Shapiro, Gilad Erdan, John Kerry, Michael Oren, Moshe Kahlon