US News and World Report Chairman and Editor-in-Chief and publisher of the New York Daily News, Mort Zuckerman argued that the Obama administration just doesn’t like Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday’s “McLaughlin Group.”
“I do think that this is probably the most forthcoming the Republicans have been to Israel, and the Democrats are really sort of undermining it. But I think Bibi understands exactly what the politics are here, and he will be able to accommodate it. My concern is that this administration, it’s a personal thing to them, not just the political thing, okay? They just don’t like Bibi. So, I think that is something they’re going to have to get over” he stated.
Earlier Zuckerman argued that Benjamin Netanyahu did not say that he would never support a Palestinian state, declaring “what he said was, he would not want today, and that word today was in his exact comments, to go ahead with the recognition and the dealings with the Palestinians, primarily because he said they’re very, shall we say, disorganized, to put it mildly, and they’re still very threatening. And he specifically stated within a couple of — within less than two days, that he did not mean that he will not do it. He said, today, and today is not tomorrow, he just said for today, because of the conditions that he has to deal with, in terms of the radicalism in the Palestinian community and in the Arab world around him. And that’s why he didn’t think it was a timely way to do it,” although he did say Netanyahu never should have made the comments in the first place.
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