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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.

Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Obama in the White House, March 5, 2012.
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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!

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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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8 Responses to “AP’s Obama, Netanyahu ‘Bad Blood’ Hardly Supported by Facts”

  1. Liad Bar-el says:

    "Bad Blood"? Here is a chronological look at the evidence:
    http://www.hirhome.com/israel/hirally.htm

  2. Mildred Bilt says:

    A rather simplistic analysis of the relationship between Israel and the US. The 2 heads of state may stand for symbols of the realstionship but there is great resentment between the citizens of both countries besides anti-isemitism in various levels of the American population. Why is this a surprise? An Israeli friend of mine told me he won't travel until he finds a place that likes Jews, That includes Israel. I told him to try the moon. Don't y'all get it yet? It's been 6000 years already.

  3. Herman Rosen says:

    NETANYAHU JUST HAS TO SIT TIGHT AND LET THE PLO AND HAMAS JOIN AND THEN WE HAVE A 50/50 NAZI REGIME WHICH NO ISRAELI WILL TALK TO AND THE U S AND THE E U WILL MAY NO LONGER GIVE ISRAEL THE BUSINESS.
    I THINK NETANYAHU WILL WELCOME SOMEONE LIKE HAGEL AND MAKE SOME USE.
    OF HIS REPUTATION…HE WILL BE CLOSELY WATCHED AND HE MAY BE BETTER FOR ISRAEL SINCE HE MAY TRY TO MAKE NICE EVEN NICER THAN PAST DEFENCE SECRETARIES…..THE ONLY WAY FOR HAGEL TO NOT BE IN THE CABINET IF FOR SOME OF THOSE LIBERAL DEMOCRATIC SENATORS TO SHOW SOME B—S.
    AND VOTE AGAINST HIM…AND IF HE IS…JEWS WHO MAKE WORRYING INTO A SOCIAL SPORT…WILL JUST HAVE ONE MORE THING TO WORRY ABOUT.

  4. Charlie Hall says:

    So many factual errors on that link that I don't have time to rebut them all. It is left as a homework assignment.

  5. Charlie Hall says:

    There IS a source for the "bad blood" allegations: Partisans in the US and Israel who are trying to gain partisan points whether it harms the US-Israel relationship or not. Of course Obama and Netanyahu disagree on some things. All nine US Presidents starting in 1967 have disagreed with all ten Israeli Prime Ministers since 1967 on settlements, for example, yet the partisans (and their friends in the partisan media) make like this is something new!

  6. Jacob Alperin-Sheriff says:

    Yori Yanover amuses me

  7. Liad Bar-el says:

    Charlie Hall, you are no match against the author of that link, Francisco Gil-White is an anthropologist who was Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and lecturer at the Solomon Asch Centre for Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict. All of his facts are documented. I dare you to dispute his evidence.

  8. Liad Bar-el says:

    Charlie Hall, Dr. Gil-White has presented nothing but documented facts that even the CIA was not able to disclaim. How do we know this? Dr. Gil-White's boss worked for the CIA and was also the director of his department at the Univ. of Penn. His boss didn't want Dr. Gil-White to teach his students this information and also wanted him to cease from this type of research which goes to show you that American education is not so liberal as one might think. In fact, Obama has edited all government public documents, publications and educational materials to exclude the words “Islamic Jihad terror” so that this will not be taught to Americans anymore. However, Charlie, you don’t have to worry about this because judging from your talk backs, you’ve already accomplished this purging of truth from your memory banks. I am anxious to read and forward to Dr. Gil-White your “rebut” Charlie of Dr. Gil-White’s research for in hard times like now, we all need a good hard laugh.

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