[ Editor’s Note: Oh my, things are starting to get interesting now. I will bet my money that his leak was carefully orchestrated due to the timing of it coming after Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon getting snubbed for Whitehouse and State Department top official meetings while in town to pow wow with the Pentagon.
So why the shift to put some heat on Bibi? I suspect that Obama knows from our Intel that Ya’alon was making the highly critical remarks about the US efforts on a peace settlement were naïve…and a lot more.
What we are also seeing here is a stage two response to the Bibi’s playing the settlement building card in East Jerusalem with a 1000 more permits, continuing to undermine any peace process with these deal killers.
The Whitehouse is signaling any potential replacement for Bibi that US support is ready and waiting, but I can’t see where the political muscle for that exists now to unseat the Likuds.
But even if it is a long shot, putting out a leak like this, with this language, is sending a worldwide message that the US is tired of dealing with petty political hustlers in Israel after the tons of money and security the US has put in there, and frankly…made fools of over and over with impunity.
Obama has also thrown the gauntlet here down to AIPAC, just a few days before the election, as in, “Ya want a piece of me? Come and get it.” I am smelling that with each new Israeli uncooperative provocation Obama is showing that there are going to be quick and public consequences. And he will get a ton of support for it from the good folks… Jim W. Dean ]
- First published … October 29th, 2014 -
A senior Obama administration official has described Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a “chickenshit,” expressing the US president’s frustration with the Israeli leader.
“The thing about Bibi [Netanyahu] is, he’s a chickenshit,” the unnamed official told the Atlantic when asked about the foreign leader who seems to frustrate the White House the most.
The official added that the good thing about Netanyahu is that “he’s scared to launch wars,” and the bad thing about him is that “he won’t do anything to reach an accommodation with the Palestinians.”…“The only thing he’s interested in is protecting himself from political defeat… He’s got no guts,” the official said.
According to the Atlantic, the statement by the top Obama official indicates that relations between Washington and Tel Aviv have moved toward a “full-blown crisis.”
The United States recently criticized Israel’s plan to build more than 1,000 settler units in the occupied Palestinian lands.
US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said that, “if Israel wants to live in a peaceful society, they need to take steps that will reduce tensions. Moving forward with this sort of action would be incompatible with the pursuit of peace.”
However, Netanyahu attacked the State Department for condemning Israeli expansion plans, saying US officials are “disconnected from reality.”
Last week, top American officials rejected requests by Israeli Military Affairs Minister Moshe Ya’alon for meetings with them during his visit to the United States.
The White House and State Department refused proposals for meetings with Vice President Joe Biden, National Security Advisor Susan Rice, and Secretary of State John Kerry.
The refusal was an angry response by Washington after Ya’alon mocked Kerry’s efforts to forge a peace deal between Tel Aviv and the Palestinians.
The Israeli minister had called Kerry’s efforts for Israeli-Palestinian peace “messianic and obsessive.” The State Department had called Ya’alon’s remarks “offensive and inappropriate.”
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