Likud MK Danny Danon on Sunday denied claims that he interfered in internal US politics and improperly gave his endorsement to Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry, saying he supports every American politician who voices support for Israel.
Danon told Israel Radio that he has "met with several candidates," including Sarah Palin and Herman Cain, as well as with Democrats that have shown support for Israel.RELATED:Congressman shows support for Israeli W. Bank sovereigntyComment: The Palestinians’ illegitimate UN gambit
The Likud MK stated that he prefers anyone over US President Barack Obama, "whose policies have led us to where we are."
Danon said that many US politicians have told him that Obama's policies toward Israel do not represent the sentiments of the American people.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said in an interview with CNN on
Friday that Danon should not have attended a recent internal American
political event featuring Perry.
Asked about the deputy Knesset speaker's participation in the event and
"effective endorsement" of an American Republican presidential
candidate, Netanyahu said, "I don't like this either."
The back-and-forth followed a question posed to the prime minister about
whether he thinks US President Barack Obama "threw Israel under the
bus," to which he answered, "I'm not going to get into internal American
Saying he had no prior knowledge about Danon's participation in the US
political event, Netanyahu said that if he had known, "I would have told
him to stay out of American politics."
Danon was complimentary of Netanyahu's speech
to the UN General Assembly on Friday, saying he represented Israel loyally.
Reacting to the opposition's criticism of Netanyahu's performance at the
UN, Danon said that they should be praising Netanyahu for his true
presentation of Israel's positions.
In response to Kadima comments
that Netanyahu is "all words and no action", Danon said that the public
had chosen Likud because they were tired of the promises of the former
governments, from which they realized that nothing was going to
materialize. He added that there was no instant solution to the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but rather that it needed to be managed.
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