Israeli President Rivlin ‘Worried’ Netanyahu-Obama Rift ‘Has Placed Israel In Isolation’

 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, US President Barack Obama and Israeli President Reuven Rivlin

Left to right, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, US President Barack Obama and Israeli President Reuven Rivlin

President Reuven Rivlin said on Thursday that the tensions between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Barack Obama have him “worried” because “for the first time I see that we are in isolation.”

The president made the remarks as part of a wide-ranging interview with The Jerusalem Post’s Hebrew-language sister daily Ma’ariv.

“Yes, I am very concerned about the front that has been opened up between Obama and Netanyahu [and its impact on] relations with the United States,” Rivlin said. “The prime minister has waged a campaign against the US as if the two sides were equal. And this is liable to hurt Israel itself. I must say that he understands the US better than I do, but, nonetheless, I must say that we are quite isolated internationally.

“When you have a prime minister and a president of democratic countries such as the US and Israel turn into hawks, this concerns me greatly,” Rivlin continued.

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