Sunday, September 16, 2012

Netanyahu on Meet the Press

This morning, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared on Meet the Press with David Gregory.

I thought the prime minister held his own with David Gregory especially when Gregory challenged him when it came to the American political calendar and whether he thought a President Mitt Romney would be good for relations with Israel.

Netanyahu refused to endorse any particular candidate and stayed out of the presidential race.

There was a point, during the interview, when Gregory called Netanyahu the "leader of the Jewish people," which is as far from the truth as it could be.

Gregory later apologized on Twitter (1, 2) saying:
This am I called Israeli PM the leader of the Jewish ppl. Better to say he's leader of Jewish state.  Didn't mean to imply all Jews believe he represents them.
At least, David Gregory was wise enough to correct himself.

1 comment:

DGarr said...

Mr. Netanyahu has changed his tune over the past week.

He learned that trying to influence a presidential election in favor of his old pal Mitt Romney was not well received by Americans who were paying attention.

The US has a strong pro-Israeli policy. And a clear position re Iran. Or, as Ehud Barak, former Israeli prime minister, said recently, the current US policy re Israel is the strongest it has ever been.

Mr. Netanyahu has belatedly discovered it is best just to shut up.