Olmert: Netanyahu leading Israel to political isolation – Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News

Olmert condemned Netanyahu’s decision to not respond positively to Barack Obama’s request that Israel declare a two-month extension of the West Bank settlement freeze, saying that Netanyahu’s refusal hurt Israel’s strategic interests.

“[Obama] is the president of the country with which have signed an agreement to receive advanced fighter aircraft and which provides us a grant of billions of dollars annually,” Olmert said. “We are an independent and strong country that is determined to protect its interests – but is it logical, responsible and forward looking to not condone what [the U.S.] is saying?”

Olmert told the audience that Israel could not expect to receive continued support from the U.S. and Europe if it continues to “insult the whole world.”

via Olmert: Netanyahu leading Israel to political isolation – Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News.

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