Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz said Saturday that US billionaire Sheldon Adelson's financial contributions to the campaign of presidential candidate Mitt Romney gave the false impression that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu interfered in the US elections on the side of the Republican.
"We refrained from interfering in the democratic process in the United States," Channel 10 quoted Steinitz as saying at a cultural event in Beersheba. "The claim is baseless. Because Sheldon Adelson contributed money to Romney, and he is also a friend of the prime minister, they started to claim it was Israeli interference," he added.
Steinitz attacked Ehud Olmert for claiming Netanyahu took Romney's side in the election, accusing the former prime minister of being "irresponsible," and causing "damage" to the relationship between Israel and the US.