Shlomo Cesana and Hezi Sternlicht
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PM Benjamin Netanyahu addresses claim that he is using Iran issue to harm the Obama re-election bid: “The only thing guiding me is centrifuges in Iran. It’s not my fault that the centrifuges aren’t more considerate of the Americans’ political timetable.”
Last Tuesday afternoon, not far from Mount Hermon in northern Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu picked up a pair of binoculars and watched the soldiers of the Golani Brigade’s 12th Battalion train in the Golan Heights. They were tired, and nearing the end of an exercise that began on Sunday. The soldiers hadn’t slept since the exercise began, the commander explained. But they were still running, charging at the hills and destroying simulated enemy fighters, staging impressive attacks.
At that moment, IDF Chief of General Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz whispered something in Netanyahu’s ear: “When I was a battalion commander, we charged the same targets. These guys are good.” Netanyahu, in response, took Gantz even deeper into the past, saying, “I ran here too. The same targets.”
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