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lundi 2 février 2015

Obama is Treating Israel like An Enemy- this Can’t End Well

Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) did something this past week that was likely a purposeful attempt at “tweaking” the White House and making some in the Obama administration a little upset. (It worked.) Without consulting the White House (or any Democrats), he chose to invite the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, to come and speak before a joint session of Congress. Netanyahu gladly accepted (even knowing that their could be backlash since the White House was left out of the loop) saying “As prime minister of Israel, I am obligated to make every effort in order to prevent Iran from achieving nuclear weapons that would be aimed at the State of Israel. This effort is worldwide and I will go anywhere I am invited in order to enunciate the State of Israel’s position and in order to defend its future and its existence.”
But bigger than the idea that Boehner somehow broke protocol by not consulting President Obama first is the odd way that the White House has handled the controversy. Instead of simply saying ‘Boehner broke protocol – but of course, we’ll meet with Netanyahu who is our friend and ally,’ they threw a hissy fit and said they couldn’t meet with him while he was here!
It’s a strange way to treat a friend as close to us as Israel, no? I’m not the only one who thinks so – Charles Krauthammer at Fox News said that, “Obama is treating Israel the way you would treat either a child or an enemy.“
Yikes! Those should be fighting words… except that everyone seems to agree.

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