The head of a messianic Jewish ministry is accusing President Obama of secretly trying to defeat Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the upcoming elections.
"I believe that, and I'm probably getting myself in trouble for even being so bold to say it, but that is what I believe," says Jan Markell, founder and director of Olive Tree Ministries.
That's because Israeli newspaper Haaretz has reported that Jeremy Bird, President Obama's 2012 campaign field director, has been dispatched to Tel Aviv to conduct a door-to-door campaign aimed at defeating Netanyahu in March.
"I think this is an effort by our administration to topple Netanyahu," Markell, pointing to Bird's involvement, tells OneNewsNow.
PJ Media reported on the Haaretz story, too, quoting from the article that Bird is one of five Americans hired by the group "One Voice" to help defeat the prime minister.
The same story quoted Caroline Click, an editor for The Jerusulem Post, who commented that Obama has said he won't meet with Netanyahu when he speaks to Congress because the election will be so close.
"No, he’s not getting involved at all," Glick commented. "He’s just sending his 2012 field campaign manager to Israel to run a campaign to defeat Netanyahu. That’s all. No interference whatsoever."
Markell says far-left Israeli groups are spearheading the effort. They favor a "two-state solution" in dealing with the Palestinians.
"The problem is it will not work because the other side, the Palestinian side, doesn't want a two-state solution," says Markell. "They want a one-state solution and that is the total destruction of Israel."
Markell predicts the anti-Netanyahu effort will fail in its effort to help defeat Likud and the center-right coalition.