US Ambassador Friedman: Israeli Pubic Can't Have A Say In Major Matters (Via
Dr. Aaron Lerner 6 October, 2019
Makor Rishon reporter Michael Tuchfeld: Wouldn't it be more appropriate to
publish the "Deal of the Century" before the elections in Israel, so that
the Israeli voter can know what is in the offing?
US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman: No. I don't think so. We maintain
that this is a matter of the long term. That it should be considered in an
apolitical discerning and encompassing atmosphere, because Israeli long term
interests are involved. During an election campaign, and without being
critical towards politicians, the candidates always seek short term
opportunities to convince their electorate and get elected. This is not a
healthy atmosphere for carrying out discussions of such long term serious
Makor Rishon 4 October, 2019
Put in plain English: according to this approach the citizens of Israel
should NOT have the right to weigh in on "long term serious matters".
When they vote for a party they should be clueless what the leadership of
the party they vote for actually intends to do after they are elected.
In all due respect to Ambassador Friedman, I wonder what he would think if
an ambassador serving in Washington would suggest denying Americans the
opportunity to have their say on "long term serious matters".
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