In an exclusive post-election interview with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell asked why President Barack Obama should trust him after he spoke to Congress against his Iran deal. (VIDEO: Andrea Mitchell Frets: ‘Have We Put Too Much Pressure On Putin?’)
MITCHELL: I want to ask you about Iran. Why should President Obama trust when you, when you came to Congress to lobby against his negotiations with Iran?
NETANYAHU: I think there’s an unbreakable bond between Israel and the United States. The president said that, I’ve said that.
MITCHELL: But what about between you and Barack Obama?
NETANYAHU: Well, I think that is reflected in the relationship between the president of the United States and the prime minister of Israel, we have — we can have differences but we have so many things that unite us. And we have a situation in the Middle East that is very dangerous and presents a common challenge.
MITCHELL: Has he called yet to congratulate you?
NETANYAHU: Secretary Kerry called me yesterday and I’m sure I’ll be speaking to the president soon. We’ll work together, we have to. We have our differences of Iran.
By coming to the U.S., I didn’t mean any disrespect or any attempt at partisanship. I was merely speaking of something I viewed could endanger the survival of Israel. There are so many areas we must work together, will work together with the United States and the president.
Because we have no other alternative. We are allies and have to consult each other, not have fiats or unilateral imposition, but negotiated peace with our neighbors and support between allies. And America has no greater ally than Israel and Israel has no greater ally than the United States.