'Claims of PM election interference harm US ties'

By JPOST.COM STAFF
November 8, 2012 09:27

 
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Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz slammed former prime minister Ehud Olmert's Wednesday accusation that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu interfered in the US election, Israel Radio reported Thursday.

Whoever raises such accusations, Steinitz says, wants to harm the US-Israel relationship, and Olmert's assertion that Netanyahu publicly endorsed Romney harms the deep ties between the two nations.

Following US President Barack Obama's reelection Tuesday night, Olmert told Jewish community leaders in New York that "The prime minister has a right to prefer one candidate over another, but it would be better, obviously if he kept it to himself. What took place this time was a breaking of all the rules, when our prime minister intervened in the US elections in the name of an American billionaire," a reference to Jewish-American casino magnate Sheldon Adelson.

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