Likud Min.: We Are in the Hands of a Terrible U.S. Government

Netanyahu denounces comments by Culture and Sports Min. Livnat slamming West Bank settlement freeze.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday denounced the negative remarks made by Culture and Sports Minister Limor Livnat (Likud) about the Obama administration.

Livnat on Thursday slammed the government's decision to agree to a 10-month settlement freeze. She also criticized the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama and said, "We have fallen into the hands of a terrible U.S. administration."

"Livnat's remarks in no way represent the stance of Prime Minister Netanyahu," a statement from the Prime Minister's Bureau said.

"The prime minister has stated many times the appreciation he has for the strong bond between the U.S. and Israel, which continues with the Obama administration," the statement continued.

Netanyahu's bureau went on to thank Obama and his government for their continued for their commitment to Israel's security and for their efforts to bring peace to the Middle East.

Netanyahu on Wednesday announced the 10-month moratorium on settlement construction in the West Bank.

Criticizing the move, Livnat said, "No Israeli government has ever made such a decision, and I ask myself what are we getting from it?"

"This is a unilateral step," Livnat said at a Likud conference in Be'er Sheva. Despite past hopes, she added, "we know that the Palestinians will not enter into negotiations with us."

Livnat also said that in a week's time, when a tractor starts the construction of houses that have already been approved before the current agreement, the entire world will call Israel liars.

Livnat also said that "it is not easy to stand up for you against the American President."