Aaron Schachter is an Assignment Editor for The World, developing and editing stories with staff and freelance reporters around the world. He previously spent 8 years covering the Middle East from Jerusalem and Beirut.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Barack Obama before their bilateral meeting in March. (Photo: White House/Flickr/Pete Souza)
It isn’t terribly shocking to find the Middle East playing a role in US election-year politics.
But the degree to which Israel’s leader has been inserted into the campaign has caught some pundits by surprise.
The World’s Aaron Schachter explains.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is backed by Las Vegas Casino Owner Shelley Adelson (who also backs Romney), has ties with the GOP establishment and worked at Boston Consulting Group with Mitt Romney. But what Bibi is doing will ultimately hurt support of Israel and the Jewish State in America when he is seen as trying to help determine an outcome in the U.S. Presidential Election. Beating the drums of war to help a friend and undermine a U.S. President is immoral. Israel’s Prime Minister deserves to be looked upon with scorn and distaste by Americans. Bibi lacks standing also because Israel’s Defense Minister and other Jewish leaders have gone on the public record to state affirmatively that the Obama administration has been the greatest friend to the State of Israel: http://thinkprogress.org/security/2012/07/30/610531/peres-barak-obama-israel/