Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denied accusations from critics that he is trying to influence the U.S. presidential election, despite escalating his demands that the United States draw a “red line” to thwart Iran’s nuclear program just weeks before Election Day. Instead, Netanyahu argued that he is the one being dragged into election-year politics.
In appearances on two Sunday talk shows, Netanyahu refused to comment on Mitt Romney’s accusation that President Obama has thrown Israel “under the bus,” and denied that his own urgency with regard to Iran has anything to do with the upcoming election.
“What’s guiding my statements is not the American political calendar, but the Iranian nuclear calendar,” Netanyahu said on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” telling host David Gregory repeatedly that he refuses to be “drawn into the American election.”
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