Danon congratulates Obama, criticizes his policy

November 7, 2012 10:02

Deputy Knesset Speaker Danny offered his congratulations Wednesday morning US President Barack Obama on his reelection, but urged him to "change course" and visit Israel.

"It is my hope, and that of many Israelis, that the president resets his course relating to Israel and our region for the next four years," Danon said. "Rather than dictating ill-advised policies that endanger the well-being of America's only true ally in the Middle East, now is the time for President Obama to return to the wise and time-honored policy of 'zero daylight' between our respective nations."

Specifically, Danon urged the two-term president to focus on Iran "instead of wasting time and resources to impose housing zoning laws on Israel," a reference to disagreements over settlement policies.

Danon, who toured the US over the summer to promote his book criticizing the president, also called on Obama to visit Israel.

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