Netanyahu jumps into Gaza public relations fray

Wednesday, December 31, 2008 |  Israel Today Staff  

Israeli opposition leader Binyamin Netanyahu has stepped away from his campaign to become Israel's next prime minister and dedicated himself solely to the cause of defending the Jewish state amid a torrent of international criticism.

Earlier in the week, Netanyahu agreed to a request by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to take an active role in the public relations campaign to defend Israel's actions against the Gaza terrorist infrastructure.

Netanyahu got right to work on Tuesday, giving no fewer than 20 interviews to foreign media outlets including CNN, the BBC, Reuters and Bloomberg.

Netanyahu vigorously made the case for Israel's right to defend itself against terrorist aggression, and took to task those nations that today criticize Israel, but which in the past took similarly strong actions against threats to their citizens.

Netanyahu is widely regarded as Israel's most competent and eloquent spokesman. The daily newspaper Israel Hayom reported on Wednesday that Foreign Ministry officials expressed gratitude that the opposition leader is taking part in their efforts.

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