Israel’s opposition leader Isaac Herzog accused Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu or his associates of interfering in the U.S. election. He gave no proof of his accusation, which contradicts Netanyahu's very public statements against expressing any opinions on the candidates.
“In the past, we saw serious information stating that Israeli leaders tried to intervene and influence the results of the elections [in the United States], and the citizens of Israel paid a high price,” Herzog said. During the 2012 elections, the same accusations were made by anti-Zionists and vehemently denied by Netanyahu.
This did not stop Herzog, who continued to blacken Israel's name abroad, claiming "recently, we saw again information on Israeli leaders’ intervention in elections through people close to them across the sea.”
Herzog made the comments on Monday at a meeting of the opposition Zionist Union faction.
“I call on Netanyahu to instruct those close to him to make sure no damage is done,” Herzog said without naming anyone he suspects. “His silence about the actions of those allies is dangerous and destructive.”
Except that this has already been done.Prior to Herzog’s comments, also Monday, Netanyahu said during a Likud party faction meeting that the Israel-U.S. relationship will remain strong no matter who wins Tuesday’s election, echoing statements he made Sunday to his Cabinet.
“Whatever the result, the relationship between Israel and the U.S. will remain strong and steadfast,” Netanyahu said.
“These relations are based first of all on shared values of liberty, democracy and progress. When looking at the region around us, we understand how unique these values are.
“I’ll repeat what I said in Congress last year: Israel has no better friend than the U.S. and the U.S. has no better friend than Israel,” Netanyahu concluded.
Israel’s Channel 10reported Sunday evening that Netanyahu had strongly ordered his Cabinet members not to comment publicly on the candidates before Tuesday’s election and not to comment at all on election day.
Netanyahu met with both candidates when he was in New York in September for the opening session of the United Nations General Assembly.