Countries seek trade deals with other countries all over the globe, Finland is no different.
That doesn’t make you a political/military adversary of the United States.
Besides, The Lone Star State of Israel has traditionally sat back and watched the US deal in arms trade with Israel’s enemies, though at times voicing concern on the deals, have never questioned the US’s friendship and relations. Leslie Stahl knows this, she’s just trying to stir the pot to see what she can come up with, a “gotcha moment”. Fake Media Moron.
CBS to Netanyahu: ‘Is Israel inching toward an anti-American Middle East bloc?’
“God, no,” says Netanyahu.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected the notion that Israel is entering an “anti-American bloc” in a high-stakes interview Sunday night with Lesley Stahl of CBS’s 60 Minutes:
Lesley Stahl: “You have a friendship with Mr. Putin, and a friendship with China. You seem to be inching toward an anti-American bloc.”
Benjamin Netanyahu: “God, no. Let me tell you something—”
Lesley Stahl: “Well, talk about that ‘cause I think there’s an impression of that.”
Benjamin Netanyahu: “That’s a false impression. First of all, there is, there is an irreplaceable ally. It’s called the United States of America.”
Lesley Stahl: “Yeah, but here you are making friends with our adversaries—”
Benjamin Netanyahu: “So no. You have relations with Russia and you have relations with China. We can have relations, economic relations, trade relations with other countries as you do. Why not?”
In the interview, Netanyahu provided insight into Israel’s rapidly developing status and position in an ever-changing and tumultuous Middle East from the perspective of his eight-year tenure.
When the sensitive topic of the nuclear deal the US struck with Iran against Netanyahu’s clearly expressed wishes, the prime minister commented on an unexpected silver lining. “The only good thing I can say about [the deal with Iran] is that it brought the Arab States and Israel closer together.”
He continued, “Israel’s position in the Arab world has changed because they no longer see Israel as their enemy, but as their ally, in their indispensable battle against the forces of militant Islam, either those led by Iran, the Shiites, or– and those led by Daesh – by ISIS, the militant Sunnis.” He cited improved relations with Egypt and Jordan, and declining to comment on Israel’s relationship with Saudi Arabia.