Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is firing back at Obama after he says he was criticized for defending his country. Netanyahu says he has been under attack from “anonymous” critics ever since he spoke out defending Israel’s national security interests.
Hours after he was called a “chickensh*t prime minister” by a high ranking U.S. official, Netanyahu spoke out to reporters to explain his point of view:
“When there are pressures on Israel to concede it’s security, the easiest thing to do is to concede. You get a round of applause, ceremonies on grassy knolls, and then come the missiles and the tunnels.”
“I am not prepared to make concessions that will endanger our state. Understand, our national interests, topped by security and the unity of Jerusalem, are not what top the interests of those anonymous forces attacking us, and me personally. I am under attack simply because I am defending the State of Israel. If I didn’t stand firm on our national interests, I would not be under attack.”
“I respect and cherish the deep connection with the United States. Since the establishment of the state, we’ve had our arguments and then some. We have seen time after time, year and year, support rising among the American public. The strategic alliance between the stances is continuing and will continue.”
Netanyahu’s office also released a statement on Wednesday directly after the “chickensh*t” comment was made.
“Netanyahu will continue to uphold the security interests of Israel and the historical rights of the Jewish people in Jerusalem, and no amount of pressure will change that,” his office said.
With these comments, Netanyahu has made it clear that he will not be intimidated by Obama, or anyone else in his administration.
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