Netanyahu seeks to rally Israelis around him in anti-Obama assault

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December 27, 2016

Obama meets with Netanyahu in New YorkBenjamin Netanyahu has been unrelenting in his criticism of the Obama administration over what he condemned as its “shameful” decision not to veto a U.N. Security Council resolution calling for a halt to Israeli settlement-building.

But with the clock ticking down on Barack Obama’s presidency, a possibly more amenable Republican Donald Trump due to succeed him on Jan. 20 and a $38 billion U.S. military aid package to Israel a done deal, it’s all a calculated risk for the four-term, right-wing Israeli prime minister.

Netanyahu, after what critics are calling a stinging defeat on the international stage, is already maneuvering to mine deep-seated feelings among many Israelis that their country and its policies toward the Palestinians are overly criticized in a world where deadlier conflicts rage.

He has tried to rally Israelis around him by portraying the anti-settlement resolution as a challenge to Israel’s claimed sovereignty over all of Jerusalem.

That was hammered home with an unscheduled Hanukkah holiday visit to the Western Wall, one of Judaism’s holiest sites, which is located in Jerusalem’s Old City in the eastern sector captured along with the West Bank in a 1967 war.

  • Chris Rasmussen

    Obama handed Israel a 30% boost in military aid during his presidency, leaving in place a $40 billion plan over the next ten years (up from the $30 billion plan in place when he arrived in 2008.) This nullifies spoiled brat Netanyahu’s whining about our treatment of his country. He pursues a course that is internationally recognized as illegal, and all our country could do is abstain from voting when we should have joined the rest of the world in condemning the new and expending settlements.

    Since we planted and watered contemporary Israel, it may behoove us to support it, but Obama threw them waaaaay too much of our money that we could better use at home. I dream of Trump doing better, but he seems more beholden to Netanyahu and Putin than Americana.

  • justinwachin

    President Obama supports Muslims and their desire to take over Israel.

    Israel should tell the Palestinians they can either obey Israeli law or they can leave the country. Israel has received a lot of bad advice from people who want them to give up their land to the Palestinians.

  • David Gearhart

    Obama is Israel’s enemy, and the biggest threat to the free world.

    • RuFus92

      Plain and simple and true.

  • the whistler

    Is anybody surprised that the Serpent (symbolic of the Devil) who has slithered like a coward for 8 years and lied to’ Eve ‘( in this case the American Public) decides to leave this once great Country both a debt ridden shambles and a Global disgrace. That mr. president ( I wish I had something smaller than lower case letters) is YOUR LEGACY!!!!

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