US diplomat says PM has been trying to maneuver White House

US diplomat says PM has

November 11, 2009 10:39


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The feeling in Washington is that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has been trying to maneuver the US administration over the past few weeks, and we cannot accept that, an unnamed US diplomat told Army Radio on Wednesday morning, in what may have constituted an explanation to the blackout imposed on the details of the Monday night 100-minute meeting between Netanyahu and US President Barack Obama. The official went on to cite Netanyahu's conduct in press briefings, presumably those following meetings with Obama and other high ranking White House officials in the past, as evidence of the prime minister's attempt to sway public opinion. According to the report, the US diplomat also mentioned the prime minister's apparent efforts to pressure the US administration through Washington lobbying. The White House's conduct over the past few days, he reportedly said, was an attempt to set things straight.

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