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President Obama issued tough criticism of Benjamin Netanyahu, saying in an interview published Saturday that the Israeli prime minister’s campaign rhetoric “starts to erode the name of democracy.”
Obama also expressed pessimism about Israel’s willingness to recognize a Palestinian state in the interview with the Huffington Post, and about the possibility of reaching a deal to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.
Following Netanyahu’s pre-election statement that there would be no Palestinian state if he were re-elected, Obama “indicated to him that given his statements prior to the election, it is going to be hard to find a path” forward on negotiations, Obama said.
Obama also said that he took issue with Netanyahu’s campaign trail warning that Israeli Arabs were headed to the polls “in droves.” The White House “indicated that that kind of rhetoric was contrary to what is the best of Israel’s traditions,” Obama said.
Ann Coulter told FOX and Friends Saturday: “Obama is treating Netanyahu like he’s a Republican.”
More… As Pat Loudoun says in the comments:
Funny how every time liberals lose, Democracy has somehow eroded.
Heads I win, tails you lose.