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Jerusalem - Giuliani Defends Netanyahu: 'There Are More Important Things To Worry About Than To Deal With Cigars'

Published on: January 26, 2017 09:03 PM
By: Jerusalem Post
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) meets with former mayor of New York City, Rudolph ' Rudy ' Giuliani, at PM Netanyahu's office in Jerusalem on January 26, 2017. Photo by Kobi Gideon / GPOIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) meets with former mayor of New York City, Rudolph ' Rudy ' Giuliani, at PM Netanyahu's office in Jerusalem on January 26, 2017. Photo by Kobi Gideon / GPO

Jerusalem - Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, a close associate of US President Donald Trump, said the expected meeting between PM Benjamin Netanyahu and President Donald Trump will be of extreme importance, an Israel Radio report said on Thursday.

According to the report, Giuliani referred to the tensions US-Israel relations have known in the recent past, stating that although there are differences between the two leaders, the meeting will also allow an opportunity for the two to normalize the relations between the two countries.

Giuliani also mentioned that the recent controversies regarding Netanyahu, who is being questioned by police in an ongoing criminal investigation, have spiraled out of control and show Israel in a negative light.

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“There are more important things to worry about than to deal with cigars,” Guliani was quoted as saying in reference to Case 2000, the investigation concerning allegations that Netanyahu received improper gifts worth hundreds of thousands of shekels from Israeli and foreign businessman. He mentioned threats like Islamic State and Iran as more pressing issues than the cigar affair.

Giuliani, who was recently named Trump’s cyber security adviser, is in the country for a few days on business as the global chair of Greenberg Traurig’s Cyber Security, Privacy and Crisis Management practice. Greenberg Traurig is an international law firm with an office in Israel.

He is scheduled to meet Netanyahu on his visit, as he has done in past visits to the country. Last year he visited Israel three times.

Acknowledging that most American Jews did not vote for Trump, Giuliani said that this demonstrates a dramatic shift regarding the reason for America’s strong support of Israel.

“It used to be that some of America’s policies with regard to Israel were based on the domestic power of the Jewish vote, but since September 11, and increasingly over the last 16 years, that has changed to a more solid basis – a geopolitical understanding of why we have allied interests, why Israel is important to us,” he said.



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 Jan 27, 2017 at 11:47 AM True Yid Says:

Dont talk for me Giulliani! You can kiss Bibis toes as much as you desire but keep Jews out of this. In NY you prosecuted anyone from cigars to terror alike. But Bibis above the law cause of your blind love towards a man that deserves it from you only. A despicable man with one scandal after the other and these are already his sheina maas toivim. But thers another point; hate to break it to you. I and many of my fellow Jews are proud Americans with NO dual loyalty to Israel and strong Trump suporters. I guess you havnt heard it all. Yes, there are many very proud Americans that have nothing with the state of Israel and dont talk in our name.

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