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Netanyahu tells ministers to stay quiet on US election

Published:Tuesday | November 8, 2016 | 11:00 AM
Benjamin Netanyahu

JERUSALEM (AP):

An Israeli official said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered his Cabinet ministers to keep quiet about the American election.The official said Netanyahu told his ministers to refrain from giving any analysis or granting interviews about the choice between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

He spoke yesterday on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to discuss the matter on the record.

Netanyahu has said American support for Israel will remain strong regardless of who is elected, and that he expects the next president to push for direct negotiations with the Palestinians rather than external intervention in the conflict.

In 2012, Netanyahu was accused of siding with Republican candidate Mitt Romney. He has been careful this time to refrain from appearing to prefer one candidate over the other.