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Netanyahu Lavishes Praise on Obama in Speech: ‘I Called the President, and He Was There’

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu turned the other cheek during his joint speech before Congress on March 3, praising President Obama even while the White House snubs him and seeks to discredit his stance on Iranian nuclear negotiations.

“We appreciate all that President Obama has done for Israel,” he said. “Some of it is widely known . . . Some of what the president has done for Israel is less well-known.”

The prime minister listed all the times he called Obama and received immediate aid, including the 2010 Carmel forest fire and the siege of the Israeli embassy in Cairo during the 2011 unrest.

“In each of those moments, I called the president, and he was there,” Netanyahu said. “And some of what the president has done for Israel might never be known, because it touches on some of the most sensitive and strategic issues that arise between an American president and an Israeli prime minister.”

“But I know it!” he continued. “And I will always be grateful to President Obama for that support.”

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