Left: Netanyahu missed an opportunity with Obama

Meretz, Labor leaders say PM missed opportunity to cozy up to Obama, establish better ties.

By GIL STERN STERN HOFFMAN
March 5, 2012 21:56
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Netanyahu and Obama at the White House.

Netnayahu and Obama stroll in Whtie House 390. (photo credit: Amos Ben Gershom / GPO)

 
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will pay a heavy price for wasting US President Barack Obama’s time in their meeting on Monday, Meretz leader Zehava Gal-On said on Monday night.

Gal-On predicted that Obama will avenge Netanyahu's behavior after the November 6 election in the United States.

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“Obama wanted Netanyahu to explain how he would advance peace, but Netanyahu just wanted to hear when America would be willing to go to war or at least let Israel attack,” Gal- On said. “Obama already made clear that the US would not permit the nuclearization of Iran, but Netanyahu did not pay back the president for his friendship by answering his questions about when the occupation would end.”

Labor leader Shelly Yacimovich told her faction in the Knesset that she agreed with Obama's prognosis that too much Israeli bluster was playing into Iranian hands.

“In the past, we said all options are on the table and kept it at that,” Yacimovich said. “But that changed recently, to our detriment. The prime minister and the defense minister don’t have to talk so much. Their blather has not added to our security or our health.”

Labor faction chairman Isaac Herzog said that the prime minister needs to establish “maximum intimacy” with Obama.

Kadima MK Shlomo Molla said Obama’s speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference in Washington on Sunday was so pro-Israel it could have been written by Likud activist Moshe Feiglin.

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Molla said he was offended by right-wing criticism of the address.

“We Israelis are so ruthless that we won’t be satisfied unless the president of the United States wakes up every morning and curses Arabs,” he said.

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