‘This Week’ Transcript: White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough

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Denis McDonough: U.S.-Israel relations ‘deep and abiding’.

White House chief of staff Denis McDonough said on Sunday the U.S. relationship with Israel remains strong despite President Barack Obama not meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, during his upcoming trip to Washington. “Our relationship with Israel is many faceted, deep and abiding,” McDonough said on NBC’s “Meet the Press. “It’s focused on a shared series of threats, but also, on a shared series of values that one particular instance is not going to inform overwhelming,” Netanyahu is scheduled to address a joint session of Congress in March at the behest of House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), who bypassed the White House with the invitation. McDonough said he wasn’t sure what an unnamed senior American official, who was quoted in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz on Friday, meant with the statement: “There are things you simply don’t do,” speaking of Netanyahu. “He spat in our face publicly, and that’s no way to behave. Netanyahu ought to remember that President Obama has a year and a half left to his presidency, and that there will be a price.” “We think that, as a general matter, we, United States, has stayed out of internal politics in the countries of our closest allies,” McDonough said. “That’s true whether it’s Great Britain, where we just recently had a visit from Prime Minister [David]Cameron a full four months before their election, or in Israel.”

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