Until Obama removes the knot in his panties, I don’t think there will be any improvements in this feud.
A week after Prime Minister Netanyahu’s election win last Tuesday, relations between the Obama administration and the Netanyahu aren’t getting better — they’re getting worse.
- Exhibit A: White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough’s speech to the liberal-leaning American Jewish group J Street, where he assailed Israel’s “occupation” of Palestinian territories. “An occupation that has lasted for almost 50 years must end, and the Palestinian people must have the right to live in and govern themselves in their own sovereign state,” McDonough said.
- Exhibit B: A Wall Street Journal report that has the Obama administration accusing the Israelis of spying on the closed-door Iran talks. “The espionage didn’t upset the White House as much as Israel’s sharing of inside information with U.S. lawmakers and others to drain support from a high-stakes deal intended to limit Iran’s nuclear program, current and former officials said. ‘It is one thing for the U.S. and Israel to spy on each other. It is another thing for Israel to steal U.S. secrets and play them back to U.S. legislators to undermine U.S. diplomacy,’ said a senior U.S. official briefed on the matter.”
- Exhibit C: The Israeli government’s icy response to the WSJ story. “These allegations are utterly false. The state of Israel does not conduct espionage against the United States or Israel’s other allies. The false allegations are clearly intended to undermine the strong ties between the United States and Israel and the security and intelligence relationship we share.”
Can anyone else remember another instance of two allies being this angry at each other?
We’re having a hard time thinking of another time when two allies have been THIS angry and been THIS public about their disagreements. Talk about venom and score-settling. As with most angry disagreements between friends, it’s hard to remember who landed the first punch. In 2010, Israel announced new housing settlements — at the same time that Vice President Joe Biden was in the country. Then, just days later, President Barack Obama reportedly snubbed Netanyahu when he was visiting the White House. During the 2012 presidential race, Netanyahu implicitly — if not openly — backed Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. Last year, an unnamed Obama administration official described Netanyahu as a “chickenshit” to the Atlantic’s Jeffery Goldberg when it comes to trying to achieve peace with the Palestinians. And topping it all off was Netanyahu’s speech to Congress earlier this month.
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