Republican House Speaker John Boehner has managed to piss out President Obama, Democrats and Yes…Israeli’s….
The Israeli Prime Minister , up for election right after the possible March appearance before the US Congress, is not making his country folks happy with his annoying the American President , especially with the Middle East the way it is now…..
House Speaker John A. Boehner’s decision last week to invite Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress in March, just ahead of an election in Israel, appears to be backfiring.
Netanyahu is expected to speak his mind about the threat posed by Iran, a move aimed both at giving momentum to congressional efforts to expand sanctions on the regime in Tehran as well as burnishing the Israeli premier’s “Churchillian” chops back home ahead of elections he risks losing.
But, as The Post’s Morning Plum observes, it has galvanized Democrats to get behind President Obama, who is staunchly opposed to a sanctions vote because it would undermine current diplomatic efforts to reach a nuclear deal with Iran. The plan to stage the speech was apparently hatched in secret by Boehner (R-Ohio) and Israel’s U.S.-born ambassador, Ron Dermer, a former Republican operative, without notifying top Obama administration officials. The White House now deems Netanyahu’s visit a breach of protocol and says Obama will not meet with the prime minister so close to his country’s elections.
“There are things you simply don’t do. [Netanyahu] spat in our face publicly and that’s no way to behave,” an unnamed White House official told the Israeli newspaper Haaretz. “Netanyahu ought to remember that President Obama has a year and a half left to his presidency, and that there will be a price.”
It’s well known there’s no love lost between Obama and Netanyahu, but the Israeli premier’s arrival on the behest of Boehner has been widely perceived to cross a sort of red line — an act that’s not only politically provocative, but also shows disrespect to the institution of the presidency. Even Fox News was upset about it, as well as prominent Israel-friendly commentators.
And many in Israel are similarly not impressed…..Share on Facebook