Benjamin Netanyahu is so eager to see
For the last couple of weeks, the Israeli prime minister has been the featured player in a Republican-sponsored TV ad playing in
"The world tells
No, Netanyahu didn't plan or buy the campaign ad. Secure America Now, a group run by longtime Republican strategists, put it up. But
On Tuesday, Netanyahu called for early elections to take place early next year. How would he like it if an opponent began airing TV ads that showed Obama openly criticizing him? And then, when asked about it, an anonymous
If Netanyahu has no interest in taking sides in the American presidential election, then he should issue a strong statement or hold a press conference to declare that he does not support the use of his U.N. remarks in a partisan campaign ad.
But he didn't say a word. Not one. And the reason is clear: He does not like Obama, and Obama doesn't like him. Remember the Group of 20 summit in
"Netanyahu, I can't stand him," Sarkozy leaned over and told Obama. "He's a liar."
Obama responded, "You are sick of him, but I have to work with him every day."
But Israeli leaders seldom if ever benefit politically by picking a fight with America, the state's only true ally and benefactor. Already, Israeli Defense Minister
The Israeli news media quoted Netanyahu asserting that Barak is deliberately trying to exacerbate tensions with
Before the Israeli Knesset last month, Shaul Mofaz, leader of the centrist Kadima party loudly complained: "Israeli meddling in internal U.S. affairs and turning the U.S. administration from an ally to an enemy has caused us severe damage."
The way most Israeli politicians see it, however, they're almost always better off with a Republican in the
Israeli politicians generally see Republican presidents as more friendly and loyal. The exception was
But since the Bush-Baker days in the early 1990s, evangelical Christians, millions of them, have become a powerful force in American politics. They are unwavering supporters of
But other Israelis worry.
Netanyahu's antagonistic remarks, he added, "play directly into the hands of
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