Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu angrily warned the White House “not to ever second-guess me again” on matters involving Hamas — and followed up by vowing that Israel will deal with Palestinian terrorists on its own terms.
Netanyahu was incensed that President Obama pressured him into a cease-fire that Hamas fighters broke after just 90 minutes Friday by attacking Israeli troops sent to destroy one of the tunnels from Gaza used to raid Israel.
Netanyahu issued the stinging rebuke in a heated phone call Friday with US Ambassador Dan Shapiro following the collapse of the US-brokered truce with Hamas, The Associated Press reported.
In the call, Netanyahu insisted that he must be “trusted” in his handling of the crisis and that he “expected” the United States and other countries to fully support Israel’s Gaza offensive. He made similar points directly to Secretary of State John Kerry, AP reported.
Netanyahu had bitterly opposed the cease-fire, which one poll found was also opposed by 86.5 percent of the Israeli public. But he swallowed his objections at the urging of US diplomats.
His reported rant is no surprise to observers of US-Israeli relations. “What else is new? I don’t think there is any secret this is the poorest relationship between a Jewish leader and a US president since Eisenhower,” said Jim Carafano, vice president for foreign policy at the Heritage Foundation.
Netanyahu has long had a rocky relationship with the Obama administration, which he feels has not always stood up for Israel’s interests.
That’s because he’s an opponent of those interests. The Israelis shouldn’t feel lonely, though; he’s an opponent of America’s true interests as well, and every time Netanyahu gives the left-wing chowderhead a well-deserved earful, he’s speaking for way more than just his own people.
Update! Via Ross: “Jewish resistance shatters hopes for a peaceful Final Solution.” It’s funny as hell…and then again, it ain’t funny at all.
Says it all update! Glenn again, with another his perfect pithy quotes: “Here’s a thought: If Hamas got its way in Gaza, it would look a lot like the Islamic State in Iraq. If Israel got its way, Gaza would look a lot like Santa Monica.” Says everything any reasonably intelligent person should ever need to know about all this–leading me to conclude that our real problem is the current dearth of reasonably intelligent people.