Current and former Knesset members on the far Right expressed concern Monday
that ties between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and US President Barack
Obama appeared to improve at their meeting at the White House.
expressed satisfaction in the past when relations between Netanyahu and Obama
appeared strained and even hostile. They saw problems between the two leaders as
evidence that Netanyahu was resisting American pressure.
But now that
Obama and Netanyahu got along before the cameras in Jerusalem in March and on
Monday in Washington, current and former right-wing MKs said they are worried on
both the Palestinian and the Iranian issues.
“They looked relaxed, for
now,” Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon said. “With all due respect to their
words, we will have to judge their actions. We know there is an obligation [to
diplomatic talks] on Netanyahu’s part and the will to make the talks
Danon said that the Right was surprised by the Oslo process and
the Gaza Strip withdrawal, and another surprise must be prevented.
MK Moshe Feiglin said Netanyahu’s conception that the world will take action to
prevent a nuclear Iran has collapsed. He said it was now clear to all that Iran
will proceed toward a military nuclear capability and the US will not take
action to stop it.
“What Netanyahu needs to ask himself is not what Obama
will do, but whether under his own watch, an extremist Muslim country that wants
to destroy Israel like Iran will join the nuclear club,” Feiglin said. “That’s
what history will judge him on. It is wrong to shift our security to the US. It
shows we haven’t learned anything.”
Former MK Aryeh Eldad said Netanyahu
and Obama were both “good actors,” adding that Netanyahu was far less relaxed
than he looked with Obama and that the president was not relaxed because of the
US’s own internal socioeconomic problems.
“Bibi gave up the Israel option
for military action on Iran, and he is now relying on the US, which says we need
to give up on the Palestinian issue in return,” Eldad said. “He understands the
fight is lost. He sacrificed the land of Israel and didn’t get Iran in return.”
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