On Today’s Meet the Press, Liberal activist/host David Gregory campaigned for President Obama to recover his standing in the Jewish Community. Actually what he tried to do is get Binyamin Netanyahu to say that Obama is as big a friend to Israel as Bush. When that didn’t work he tried to get Bibi to bash Mitt Romney’s statement saying criticizing Obama’s stance on Israel. When Netanyahu refused to bite on the first two attempts Gregory tried to get him to say that support of Israel should not be a campaign issue.
As you can see by the partial transcript and video below, Netanyahu dodged Gregory’s best attempts at trying to create a sound-bite for an Obama commercial:
DAVID GREGORY, HOST: Back in 2002, you said Israel has had no better friend in the White House than George W. Bush. Would you say the same about President Obama?
ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER BENJAMIN NETANYAHU: They’ve all been great friends of Israel. You know why?
MR. GREGORY: You said, “No better friend in the White House than George W. Bush.”
PRIME MINISTER NETANYAHU: When did I say that?
MR. GREGORY: 2002 on this program.
PRIME MINISTER NETANYAHU: OK. Well, they keep moving. They keep adding new people to–you know, that’s the peculiar thing about our system, the leaders, the leaders keep changing.
MR. GREGORY: So George W. Bush and President Obama are equivalent in your mind.
PRIME MINISTER NETANYAHU: God, I’m not going…
MR. GREGORY: I’m asking–no, but I’m asking you a serious question.
PRIME MINISTER NETANYAHU: I’m not going to start ranking. I’ll tell you what, they’re all…
MR. GREGORY: You did rank. But, Prime Minister, you did rank. And you said that America was behind you; and, in fact, this has been a frosty relationship between this administration and your administration. And the reality is that there’s politics in this country and a presidential campaign. Just this week, you had Mitt Romney, a Republican, say of Obama that he threw Israel under the bus. Rick Perry described Obama’s Middle East policy as naive, arrogant, misguided and dangerous. Do you disagree with those statements?
PRIME MINISTER NETANYAHU: David, you’re trying to throw me under the bus of American politics. And guess what, I’m not going to be thrown there. So I’ll tell you what…
MR. GREGORY: You didn’t mind disagreeing with President Clinton’s analysis this week about the Middle East.
PRIME MINISTER NETANYAHU: Sure.
MR. GREGORY: Do you disagree with these Republican candidates?
PRIME MINISTER NETANYAHU: I think the important thing to understand is this, and, and this is the truth about America, Israel enjoys tremendous bipartisan support, tremendous. And, and, and, you know, you just have to walk around the breadth and length of this country, it’s–or fly, it’s a big country–and everywhere you go, you see this tremendous, tremendous sympathy and affinity for Israel. This is what, I think, is one of the great blessings that Israel has in the, in the 21st century. So–and I think that bipartisan support is expressed by any person who happens to be the president of the United States…
MR. GREGORY: Are you concerned that partisanship is being injected into this?
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