Editors Note: The irresponsible and derogatory comments made are keeping in tune with what Obama and his Administration feel and think not only about Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu but about Israel as a country. It is well know that Obama not only dislikes the Prime Minister but also thinks Israel is guilty of persecuting the Palestinians. He has on many occasions not only insulted the Prime Minister but Israel as a country and has openly worked against both at the U.N., Americas greatest Allie in the Middle East and the only Democratic Society. Obama should formally announce who the persons were in his administration and order them to publicly apologize to the Prime Minister and Israel and then publicly fire them.
In a time when ISIS is on the rise and their butchery is on the news daily it is the job of the Commander in Chief to do everything necessary to not only protect America but also its most important Allies. Mr. Obama needs to take foreign affairs more seriously and devote more time to them than his constant fundraising, vacations and golf. When America most needs a strong leader we find we have a President who is disengaged and confused by the catastrophic failures when it come to both his Foreign and Domestic policies. His promise to fundamentally change America has come true, unfortunately it isn’t what American and the World were expecting. The only change Obama has brought has been creating absolute chaos around the globe. Real change can only start to happen November 4th is the control of the Senate changes hands and when Obama is replaced in 2016. The damage brought by Obama and his Administration may take a generation to repair because of the damage it has done not only to America but the entire World. [TS]
The White House on Wednesday sought to tamp down the controversy over a magazine piece that detailed deep tensions between the U.S. and Israel – and quoted an unnamed senior Obama administration official calling the Israeli leader a “chickenshit.”
Alistair Baskey, spokesman for the National Security Council, said the criticism does not reflect how the rest of the administration views Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
“Certainly that’s not the administration’s view, and we think such comments are inappropriate and counter-productive,” Baskey said in a statement. “Prime Minister Netanyahu and the president have forged an effective partnership, and consult closely and frequently, including earlier this month when the president hosted the prime minister in the Oval Office.”
At the same time, Baskey acknowledged they “do not agree on every issue,” including on settlement activity that the U.S. considers “illegitimate.”
Officials quoted in The Atlantic magazine article, written by Jeffrey Goldberg, were far more blunt in their characterization of those differences. Goldberg quoted one anonymous senior administration official saying: “The thing about Bibi is, he’s a chickenshit.”
The article said Obama administration officials have also described Netanyahu over the years “as recalcitrant, myopic, reactionary, obtuse, blustering, pompous, and ‘Aspergery.’”
The comments prompted criticism among Republican and Jewish leaders.
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus on Tuesday accused the administration of “hurling expletives” at the Israeli leader.
“ISIS is on a rampage through the Middle East, slaughtering innocents and committing mass murder while plotting to kill more Americans,” Priebus said in a statement. “The priority of the Obama administration should be defeating our enemies; instead they are once again insulting our allies. It’s inexplicable and dangerous.”
Dan Gillerman, former Israeli ambassador to the United Nations, told Fox News that if the quotes are accurate, “I think it’s shameful.”
“This is not the way you speak about your only ally, about the only democracy in the Middle East, especially not when the Middle East is so volatile,” he said Wednesday.
The Atlantic piece described a relationship that has steadily gone south over the years, and that it claimed is moving toward a “full-blown crisis” – which could get worse after the midterm elections next week. A possible nuclear agreement with Iran is a major factor that could cause more friction.
Goldberg, in his piece, laid plenty of blame on Netanyahu, and reported that sources say he’s likewise “written off” the Obama administration. He noted that the U.S. is angry with him for his settlement stance in the West Bank.
One official also told The Atlantic they don’t think Netanyahu would launch a preemptive strike on Iran’s nuclear infrastructure.
“The good thing about Netanyahu is that he’s scared to launch wars,” another official was quoted as saying. The official reportedly criticized him, though, for doing little to reach an accord with the Palestinians and allegedly being more interested in political preservation.
In the wake of the article, Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, called for President Obama to “name, apologize for, and repudiate” the person who offered the “chickenshit” insult, according to The Algemeiner.
“It is rather ironic that a senior American official is prepared to curse his friends, yet when it comes to the mortal enemies of the United States — as the Iranians discovered during the recent nuclear negotiation — praise is heaped on them,” Hier said.