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Charlie Crist responds to President Obama’s meeting with Benjamin Netanyahu

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The Charlie Crist for U.S. Senate campaign today released a statement from Governor Crist regarding recent reports that President Obama “dumped [Benjamin Netanyahu] for dinner”:

“I am troubled by news reports concerning Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s meeting with President Obama and White House officials,” said Gov. Crist. “The President has expressed concern that our foreign policy may give the impression that the United States favors Israel.

“Note to Mr. President: We do favor Israel. We are allies. Israel has a long history of fighting for Democracy and freedom in the Middle East, and we should make no apology for continuing our long established special relationship.

 “As Florida’s next United States Senator, I will always fight to make sure that the bonds between the U.S. and Israel are strong.

 “Middle East peace is a laudable goal and one that should be pursued. However, President Obama has been a great disappointment for Israel, and it will take a strong hand from the U.S. Senate to help undo the damage he has done.”

Gov. Crist was the first governor in the U.S. to sign legislation divesting our state’s pension fund from any companies doing business with Iran and the Sudan. The divestment bill is a model for state’s across the nation, and Gov. Crist is proud of the fact other states are taking the same action.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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