March 18, 2015

White House hits at Netanyahu’s ‘divisive rhetoric’

By Ilan Goldenberg

The US has criticised the “divisive rhetoric” used by Benjamin Netanyahu in the closing stages of his election campaign, underlining the deep antipathy between the White House and the Israeli prime minister.

“The Obama administration is deeply concerned by the use of divisive rhetoric in Israel that sought to marginalise Arab-Israeli citizens,” said Josh Earnest, White House spokesman. He was referring to Mr Netanyahu’s warning to his supporters on Tuesday that rightwing rule was in danger because “the Arabs are voting in droves”.

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  • Ilan Goldenberg

    Senior Fellow and Director, Middle East Security Program

    Ilan Goldenberg is Senior Fellow and Director of the Middle East Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. He is a foreign policy and defense expert with ext...