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AP’s Obama, Netanyahu ‘Bad Blood’ Hardly Supported by Facts

How, out of everyone involved, did Netanyahu end up with the "hardliner" branding?
Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Obama in the White House, March 5, 2012.

Obama needs Netanyahu more than he admits in public.
Photo Credit: Amos Ben Gershom/GPO/FLASH90

Now, that’s some editing job. Because the first part of the paragraph refers to a press conference back in 2009, while the last line was Netanyahu’s reaction to the PLO’s unilateral move at the UN, breaking the fundamental principles of the Oslo agreements.

That’s not bad blood, that’s a hatchet job, and done with a rusty hatchet, too.

The AP then brings up the Mitt Romney summer visit during the campaign, which could have been interpreted as Netanyahu’s support for the Republican candidate. Of course, when the Democratic candidate back in 2008 visited Israel, he was also admitted through customs. And you can even argue that Netanyahu would have been happier with Romney in the White House – which didn’t stop a strong majority of Jewish voters from backing Obama.

But “bad blood”?

“The more Netanyahu believes Obama is serious about preventing Iran from getting a bomb, the better they will manage their relations,” David Makovsky of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy told the AP. “If not, the issue of an Israeli first strike on Iran becomes more likely.”

And Miller said Obama will be “too consumed with battling Congress on the budget, gun control legislation and other issues to spend much time on disagreements with Netanyahu.”

“Is he going to go after Israel-Palestinian peace talks or war with Iran given all his domestic challenges?” Miller asked. “He will go to extreme lengths to avoid war with Iran.”

But Nir, of Peace Now, says time is running out for a peace deal with the Palestinians and Israel could face another armed uprising like the one that bloodied the region in 2000.”

Now I get it – Netanyahu has bad blood with Peace Now!

Yori Yanover

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.

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