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MK Eldad: U.S. Selling Us Down the River

Israel has cause for concern following the meeting in the White House, says MK Eldad: U.S. has abandoned Israel and Israel must face Iran alone.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 5/18/2009, 10:05 PM

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MK Aryeh Eldad (National Union party) said following the meeting between U.S. President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu that Israel has true cause for concern, because the U.S. is shaking off its historic commitment to vouch for Israel’s security.

“Defining a deadline-free negotiating process vis-à-vis Iran means, in practice, that the U.S. is willing to accept a nuclear Iran and that Israel remains alone facing Iran,” Eldad said.

“Israel will have no choice but to destroy the Iranian nuclear facilities with all the means at its disposal, be the price what it may be,” Eldad concluded.

MK Ophir Akunis, head of the Likud’s Media Responses Team, said that the predictions of a tense meeting between Obama and Netannyahu have proven untrue. “The Obama-Netanyahu meeting proved again the power of the deep bond between the U.S. and Israel,” he said. 

MK Danny Danon (Likud) said that the Prime Minister deserves praise for standing firm in the face of pressures exerted upon him in the past weeks.

MK Ze’ev Boim (Kadima) said after the meeting, “It is too bad that the Number One expert in Israel on understanding American political culture stumbled when he tried to lure President Obama with meaningless verbiage.” Netanyahu “missed an opportunity to create real relations of trust, just as he is about to miss the historic opportunity mentioned by the President,” Boim added.

“Bibi should have known that verbal acrobatics will not persuade the President and it would have been better if he had arrived with a thought-out plan for dealing with the Palestinian issue in order to achieve American support for Israel’s approach on Iran,” Boim said.