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Top Likud official: Biden is ‘so weak,’ Netanyahu looking ahead to next US election

Then-prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, and then-US vice president Joe Biden speak in front of media prior to a meeting on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on January 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
Then-prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, and then-US vice president Joe Biden speak in front of media prior to a meeting on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on January 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

The Srugim news website quotes an unnamed senior Likud official as saying that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is unconcerned by criticism from US President Joe Biden, because he’s looking ahead to the next American election and is confident a Republican will win.

The official tells the site, affiliated with the national religious community, that Netanyahu “is looking ahead to the next election in two years.”

“Luckily for us Biden is so weak that even [Likud MK] Nissim Vaturi can speak out against him,” he says referring to the backbencher who said earlier that Israel is “probably a bit more democratic” than the US, and added that Israel had no problem defending itself without American assistance.

“The Democrats won’t win even if a toaster and an iron run against them. The Democrats are finished in the US,” the official confidently predicts. “Those who understand US politics know this, and thank God Netanyahu understands America — contrary to what [opposition leader Yair] Lapid thinks.”

“Netanyahu is smiling politely at Biden but he knows that very soon there will be a Republican president,” he says.

He also reiterates claims that the Biden administration is behind the anti-government protests. “Everyone understands that the Americans are involved here up to their necks.”

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