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Within seven hours of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu expressing gratitude to US President Barack Obama Saturday, the National Jewish Democratic Council corralled his warm words in an e-mail blast that had the obvious aim of showing American Jewish voters that Obama does indeed care for and about Israel.
Following the drama at the Israeli embassy in Cairo over the weekend, Netanyahu told the nation in a televised announcement Saturday night that special thanks were due Obama.
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“I would like to express my gratitude to the president of the United States, Barack Obama,” Netanyahu said.
“I asked for his help. This was a decisive and fateful moment. He said, ‘I will do everything I can.’ And so he did. He used every considerable means and influence of the United States to help us.
"We owe him a special measure of gratitude.
“This attests to the
strong alliance between Israel and the United States. This alliance
between Israel and the United States is especially important in these
times of political storms and upheavals in the Middle East.”
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made those remarks at about 9 p.m. Seven hours later they featured
prominently in an e-mail sent out by David Streeter, senior
communications and research associate for the National Jewish Democratic
Council, under the headline “ICYMI [in case you missed it]: What
Netanyahu said today.”
“This event,” the e-mail read, “is just
one of myriad examples of the close security cooperation between
President Obama, his administration and Israel’s leaders.” The reader is
then directed to a fact sheet titled “President Obama: Ensuring
Israel’s Security during the summer of 2011.”
The sheet quoted
from remarks Netanyahu, President Shimon Peres and Defense Minister Ehud
Barak made recently praising Obama for his friendship, support and the
level of security cooperation between the two countries; noted the Obama
administration’s commitment to a major joint military exercise in 2012
called “Juniper Cobra;” discussed US support for the Iron Dome; pointed
out the administration’s opposition to the PA move at the UN; and
mentioned that the administration stood firm against the Gaza flotilla.
Sunday’s cabinet meeting Netanyahu again thanked Obama for his efforts
in resolving the Cairo embassy saga, saying, “I must also note the
actions of US President Barack Obama, who became involved at a critical
time in order to use America’s influence on the issue.”
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