Benjamin Netanyahu

Netanyahu Says Both Clinton, Trump Will Protect Israel-US Ties

“They both spoke about their support for Israel and the importance of relations between our countries. It doesn’t matter which of them will be elected, US support of Israel will remain strong, our pact will remain strong and will even get stronger in the coming years.”

— Benjamin Netanyahu

Both Trump and Hillary did not mention Israel at all, as we predicted, in last night’s debate. Why would they bring up Israel? There are clearly no disagreements between the two of them.

Benjamin Netanyahu
Benjamin Netanyahu knows both Hillary and Trump are puppets

“Netanyahu says both Clinton, Trump will protect Israel-US ties,” Source: timesofisrael.com

In first comments since meeting candidates, PM says ‘it doesn’t matter which one is elected’ — relationship will stay strong either way.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday that both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are strong supporters of Israel and that in terms of relations with the US, “it doesn’t matter which one is elected.”

The comments at the cabinet meeting, during which Netanyahu also trumpeted boosted ties with Africa at the UN, came hours after the two White House contenders wrapped up a bruising televised debate and two days after the prime minister separately met both candidates while in New York.

Netanyahu said that in those meetings both Clinton and Trump had expressed overwhelming backing for Israel.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with Democratic president candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton in New York, September 25, 2016
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with Democratic president candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton in New York, September 25, 2016
“They both spoke about their support for Israel and the importance of relations between our countries,” Netanyahu said. “It doesn’t matter which of them will be elected, US support of Israel will remain strong, our pact will remain strong and will even get stronger in the coming years.”

Netanyahu met with both Clinton and Trump on Sunday in meetings designed to put Israel on good footing with the next US president. Almost identical statements from the prime minster’s office said that he discussed “issues relating to advancing peace and stability in the Middle East” with Clinton and “issues relating to Israel’s security and its efforts to achieve stability and peace in the Middle East” with Trump.

Following his meeting, Trump issued a statement pledging to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s “undivided capital” if elected.

Clinton’s campaign said she stressed that “a strong and secure Israel is vital to the United States” and “reaffirmed unwavering commitment” to the relationship.

Israel was not directly mentioned during Monday night’s debate although Trump referenced Netanyahu as a bellwether for the Iran nuclear deal, which he used as an example of the damage done to region by Clinton, who supported the deal.

“This is one of the worst deals ever made by any country in history,” Trump said. “I met with Bibi Netanyahu the other day. Believe me, he is not a happy camper.”

A spokesman for the prime minister declined to comment Tuesday morning on Trump’s mention of Netanyahu.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speak at the same time during the presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, Monday, Sept. 26, 2016.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speak at the same time during the presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, Monday, Sept. 26, 2016.

The prime minister also updated the cabinet on his “excellent meeting” with US President Barack Obama last week, saying that disagreements between the two proved to have “no influence on the rock-solid relations between our two countries.”

In their public remarks before Wednesday’s meeting, the two displayed a jovial camaraderie with Obama only briefly mentioning peace efforts with the Palestinians and concerns over settlement building.

President Barack Obama shakes hands with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a bilateral meeting at the Lotte New York Palace Hotel in New York, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

President Barack Obama shakes hands with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a bilateral meeting at the Lotte New York Palace Hotel in New York, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

But behind closed doors, senior Obama administration officials claimed Obama was more pointed, raising “profound US concerns” that settlement-building was eroding prospects for peace. Netanyahu challenged that notion, said one official, adding that the two leaders had not “papered over” their differences.

“The relationship between Israel and the US is based not only on shared interests but also shared values,” Netanyahu said Tuesday. “That is expressed primarily by the intense support of the American public in the state of Israel. I saw that everywhere, all the time during my visit in the US.”

Mentioning his speech last week to the UN General Assembly, Netanyahu said he was able to witness an “unprecedented blooming” of Israeli international relations at the international body.

He said this shift will end the absurdity of the “double standard” against Israel and that the days when the United Nations “automatically votes against Israel” are numbered.

Netanyahu said Israel’s strengthening ties with African nations is a key to its improved standing.

The prime minister recently visited Africa and encouraged his cabinet ministers to do the same as part of the strategy of forging these new alliances and breaking a traditionally pro-Palestinian voting bloc.

Netanyahu said this will blunt Palestinian UN diplomatic initiatives against Israel.

AP contributed to this report.

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