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White House Throws Hissy Fit Over Netanyahu Remarks

The White House Monday lashed out furiously at Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu for saying U.S. opposition to a new Israeli housing project in East Jerusalem was contrary to “American values.”

Now, the White House has a point in asserting that it doesn’t need a civics lesson from a foreign leader on American values. But we have to understand the context. Netanhyahu’s statement, made on Face the Nation, came after the White House did something I have never heard of a White House doing in my lifetime: It threatened the relationship between Israel and the United States.

Not only that, it questioned Israel’s commitment to peace.

Here’s what White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said October 1 of the project East Jerusalem, which is part of Israel but claimed by the Palestinians:

This development will only draw condemnation from the international community, distance Israel from even its closest allies, poison the atmosphere not only with the Palestinians but also with the very Arab governments with which Prime Minister Netanyahu said he wanted to build relations.  It also would call into question Israel’s ultimate commitment to a peaceful negotiated settlement with the Palestinians.

These underreported remarks were as harsh as it gets. So Netanyahu needled the White House, saying the project amounted to the purchase of new apartment complex and is therefore a property rights issue, something that should be understandable to anyone familiar with “Americans values.”

Well, Earnest Monday went on a little pre-scripted tirade, listing all the ways “American values” cause the United States to support Israel.

The fact is, when it comes to American values, it’s American values that lend this country’s unwavering support to Israel. It’s American values that have led us to fight for and secure funding to strengthen Israel’s security in tangible ways. It’s American values that have led us to fund and build an Iron Dome system that has protected the lives of countless innocent Israeli citizens. It’s American values that have led the United States to fully support Israel’s right to defend itself. And it’s American values that have led us to defend Israel in a variety of international forums, including a variety of United Nations forums.

So it’s clear how American values dictate or at least guide our thinking when it comes to our unwavering support for the nation of Israel.

I can only surmise the message  from this rant was that Israel should have more gratitude. Fact is, having a sole reliable, democratic ally in the Middle East is also in America’s national security interests. It’s not just a big favor.

Here are Netanyahu’s comments, a news-making event that Face the Nation actually left off the airwaves.


And so, the relationship between Obama and Netanyahu remains where it’s been: In the dumpster.

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34 Responses to White House Throws Hissy Fit Over Netanyahu Remarks

  1. Israel is not delusional enough to depend on the US. Calling a spade a spade works fine for me. Israel will be reviled no matter what they say.

    Another shortsighted play by the ever so thin skinned Obama who doesn’t like people treating him the way he treats them — and that goes for countries too.

    To Obama, Iran is a diplomatic victory in the making — to Israel it is a real threat. I stand with Israel on protecting its national interests and citizens — Obama could learn a thing or two.

  2. The relationship between Netanyahu and Obama remains in the dumpster–where it should remain. There are many people in this country, including myself, who wish we had a leader like Netanyahu. I don’t know what the oath of office in Israel says, but he obviously believes he should defend and protect the people of Israel, something which Obama has sworn to do for Americans and which he has not done. In fact, he has done the opposite. Netanyahu should never compromise with Obama.

    • Nicely put, Julie. I am sure that I cannot coherently comment on this very touchy subject without reducing WHD to a NSFW site.

      I’ll just add some background to the 2,600 planned units in Jerusalem:
      Under the plan, 800 of the new housing units are intended as an expansion of Beit Safafa, a comfortably middle-class Arab neighborhood of approximately 5,500 people that has an unusual history and is home to a joint Arab-Jewish school.
      Also included are units designated for Israel’s Ethiopian Jewish families as well as the poorer immigrants and Israelis, who have been living in trailers on the land for many years.

    • Obama hates Israel.

      Thats a FACT.

      …I bet in college & law school that socialist ‘Barack Hussein Obama’ wrote alot of anti-Israel papers. Too bad NO ONE is allowed to see Obama’s “college records”…

      • no no, Langley, what we need to see is a videotape. I am of course referring to the video that the LA Times has had locked up in their vaults since 2007, where it couldn’t harm Obama during his two presidential races.

        it shows a farewell dinner for Rashid Khalidi, one of Obama’s closest pals, who was going to Chicago from Columbia or other other way around (I always forget). and on it Obama delivers remarks on the Israeli/Palestinian situation and apparently says how he really feels.

        it’s STILL locked up. where’s wikileaks (or the Mossad) when you need them?

    • the only way you could think that Israel hasn’t ‘compromised for peace’ is to wilfully ignore all the compromises Israel has made for peace.

      you’d think, for instance, that completely leaving Gaza in 2005 would have earned them some credit. nope. low-fo voters still refer to Gaza as being “occupied,” and they don’t mean by Hamas!

      it’s clear that Obama despises Bibi personally, but I can’t imagine he’d like any Israeli leader very much. after all, Israeli leaders tend to want to protect Israeli citizens, and that seems to infuriate this administration.

      Obama doesn’t stick up for us like Bibi does for Israelis. have you noticed that? (remember Daniel Ortega spewing anti-American hate while Obama just sat there?)

      in a world where even their friends hate them, Israel is blessed to have a leader like Bibi Netanyahu. wish we did.

  3. OT: On Fox it was just stated that our military personal that was sent to W. Africa will be handling blood samples. Dr. Kevin Campbell on Fox made it clear he was quite concerned.
    As well, I just found out that in TX. they had to go to hardware store, for buckets, to store waste.
    Now there must be some better way of dealing with Ebola.

    • Now I am sure Obama wanted all of us to know that the troops will be handling Ebola blood. Why else would it be on national T.V. Obama must get a thrill telling us and scaring us this way. He really hates all of us and the country now. He’s really the worst “president” we ever had. If he won’t protect us and he is not protecting us from terrorists and Ebola,he must be gone if only for our children and grandchildren’s sake.

  4. Their anti-Israel/pro-Palestine (or anti-Semitic/pro-Islam) attitude comes across with every meeting or statement concerning the fate of Israel.
    They’re building apartments for pete’s sake, not nuclear bombs.
    No one will beheaded or gutted in the building process, nor will any Mosques or Christian churches be destroyed to make way for these new dwellings.
    Get a grip, MrObama.

    • He’s too dumb, he shows it in every way. He’s more concerned about hitting Israel than hitting the terrorists who behead people! He thinks he can boss around Netanyahu, really? The Mossad doesn’t like it! Why isn’t he more concerned with Ebola, Iran and the terrorists, instead of an apartment complex? He’s just so completely off the charts, you can’t make this stuff up? Get out Obama, you are not American, you are of no use to the USA or its people.

  5. Netanyahu has a deep love for his country and it’s people and he will stand up and protect Israel by whatever means necessary. If only we had a leader in the WH that felt the same way about America and it’s citizens……..