Obama warning over Netanyahu unjustified - Israeli official

2015-05-22 15:24
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Jerusalem - A senior official in Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu's rightwing Likud party on Friday rejected fresh US criticism of the premier as unjustified and hypocritical.

Tzahi Hanegbi, chairman of the influential foreign affairs and defence committee in parliament, was responding to remarks by US President Barack Obama published on Thursday in news magazine The Atlantic.

Obama restated concerns about comments that Netanyahu made during a hotly-contested March general election and warned of repercussions.

In a polling-day bid to energise right wing voters, he warned that Arab Israelis were going to the polls "in droves" - a comment for which he later apologised.

"It appeared that Arab Israeli citizens were somehow portrayed as an invading force that might vote, and that this should be guarded against," Obama said.

'Inappropriate' remarks

Obama also pointed to a Netanyahu statement ruling out the establishment of a Palestinian state if reelected, though he has since sought to backtrack.

"When something like that happens, that has foreign policy consequences," the American president said.

Hanegbi countered that Obama's remarks were "inappropriate".

"I think his approach has no justification and no small measure of hypocrisy," he told Israeli public radio.

"We don't hear a word of criticism about our neighbours, for example the world record-holder in executions, Iran, with whom he is actually making supreme attempts at reconciliation," he said, referring to efforts to strike a nuclear deal.

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