Netanyahu hits back at Obama: ‘I know what’s best for Israel’

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Herb Keinon @ The Jerusalem Post:

A day after US columnist Jeffrey Goldberg quoted US President Barack Obama as saying that Israel under Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu does not know what is in its own best interest, Netanyahu visited the Gaza border Wednesday, was told that December was the quietest month in the last 12 years, and essentially replied to Obama: “Yes I do.”

“I think everyone understands that only Israel’s citizens will be the ones to determine who faithfully represents Israel’s vital interests,” Netanyahu said on a visit to an army base near Gaza in his first direct response to Obama’s reported criticism. “Over the last four years we stood up against strong pressure, and I will continue to do so for Israel’s security.

Netanyahu, who was joined on his visit by Defense Minister Ehud Barak and top IDF brass, was told that according to the security establishment’s figures, December was the quietest month in the south since January 2001.

“I am very impressed by the advanced technological means, and even more so by our young soldiers operating them here,” he said. “The IDF, Shin Bet, and security force are doing very important work here. They are maintaining the quiet which has been kept since Operation Pillar of Defense.”

Netanyahu said that no one had any delusions, and that the quiet could be shattered at any time. But, he said, the IDF was prepared for any scenario. “We will do everything necessary to defend Israel’s citizens here and everywhere else.”

Senior Likud officials had already accused Obama on Tuesday of leaking sharp criticism Netanyahu’s leadership in order to sway voters in next Tuesday’s election.

Sources close to Netanyahu responded carefully, saying that the prime minister would continue to protect the country’s vital national security interests in the coming government that he would lead. The sources noted that Obama had said Israeli-US defense and security cooperation were at unprecedented levels, which was evident in US support for Israeli missile defense systems and diplomatic backing during Operation Pillar of Defense.

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Curt served in the Marine Corps for four years and has been a law enforcement officer in Los Angeles for the last 24 years.

3 Responses to “Netanyahu hits back at Obama: ‘I know what’s best for Israel’”

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    Beth just south of Berkeley and just east of San Francisco

    I love that quote from Netanyahu. I’m on a list that usually doesn’t get into Middle Eastern drama, but someone commented on an anti-Hagel confirmation ad, and off we went. Plenty of statements that “Israel isn’t acting in its own best interests” and that “neocons” (manipulated by the Joooooos) want to get us into a useless war in Iran.

    I’m more than willing to take Israeli citizens’ word for what’s in their best interests, seeing as they’re on the front lines of a potential Holocaust II.

    One of my more fun moments last summer was a heritage night at the ballpark, the night the Giants had special tickets with giveaway for Jewish Heritage Night, and I got to compliment a fellow fan on her IDF T-shirt. She told me her son, who’s serving, sent it to her. I said I’d keep her son in my prayers.

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    Nan G

    If you read the Iranian press you learn that Israel has spy pigeons, spy insects, vaccines that only say they prevent polio or smallpox while they really make Muslim girls infertile.
    Today I read that the Israelis have a secret chemical they are spraying on the foundation of the al Aqsa Mosque to cause it to crumble!
    A few years ago it was some secret power to make men’s manhood disappear simply by shaking hands.

    Seems Obama sides with these mental morons.
    Obama can’t understand how smart one has to be to get a REAL Nobel Prize, like in physics, chemistry, mathematics or other fields.
    To ignorant Obama maybe there is something to the Iranian ”study” that ”proved” women’s hair emits rays that force men to lose all control over their urges.

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