by By Jesse Byrnes
President Obama's role during the Israeli elections was larger than
reported, according to a pollster for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu's Likud party
"What was not well reported in the American media is that President
Obama and his allies were playing in the election to defeat Prime
Minister Netanyahu," John McLaughlin, a Republican strategist, said in
an interview on John Catsimatidis's "The Cats Roundtable" radio show
broadcast Sunday on AM 970 in New York.
"There was money moving
that included taxpayer U.S. dollars, through non-profit organizations.
And there were various liberal groups in the United States that were
raising millions to fund a campaign called V15 against Prime Minister
Netanyahu," McLaughlin said.
He noted an effort to oust Netanyahu
was guided by former Obama political operative Jeremy Bird and that V15,
or Victory 15, ads hurt Netanyahu in the polls. McLaughlin said the
Israeli leader rebounded after delivering a speech to Congress early
this month, prompting more critical ads.