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Lawmaker Says ‘Obama People Looking for Fight With Netanyahu

'The Obama people came into office with almost a chip on their shoulder against Netanyahu,' says US Rep. Peter King.

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US President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meet in the Oval Office. (archive)

US President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meet in the Oval Office. (archive)
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A New York lawmaker says officials at the White House have “almost been looking for a fight” with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu since the day President Barack Obama entered the White House.

U.S. Representative Peter King (R-NY) the New York Post on Thursday, “The Obama people came into office with almost a chip on their shoulder against Netanyahu. He was treated worse than most enemies are treated. They were almost looking for a fight with Netanyahu and they got it.”

King made his remarks against the background of a piece published in the Wall Street Journal earlier this week describing the outrage of officials at the White House upon their discovery that Israel was about to receive a routine delivery of Hellfire missiles from the United States via the Pentagon.

There was nothing unusual about the transaction, which was a standard military-to-military order, as confirmed to media by spokespersons for defense departments on both sides of the Atlantic. But the Obama White House is still relatively unfamiliar with “standard operating procedures” in military matters — as many have pointed out — and upon discovering the weapons about to be sent to Israel, immediately put the delivery on hold.

According to the WSJ report, the Obama White House subsequently put the brakes on every military delivery to Israel, requiring future intense scrutiny of every single item henceforth.

A second lawmaker who has just returned from a visit to the Jewish State — U.S. Representative Steve Israel (D-LI), was less than pleased at the news.

“I can tell you firsthand,” he said, “When terrorists are firing rockets, it’s no time for behind-the-scenes speculation.”

State Department deputy spokesperson Marie Harf, meanwhile, made a lukewarm effort at damage control, claiming it’s “natural” to review such shipments “in any crisis.”

Hana Levi Julian

About the Author: Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.

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  1. Eva Perl says:

    everybody hates Israel except us, Jews?

  2. David Ring says:

    Really? If so, why is he still giving you motherers my tax dollars?

  3. David Ring says:

    Really? If so, why is he still giving you motherers my tax dollars?

  4. There’s many Americans including myself that loves Israel and prays for her!! I pray that the united states will get a president in the white house for 2016 that will support Israel 100%!!! One can always hope anyway!!!

  5. I wouldn’t be surprised with all the members of the muslim brotherhood we have in the white house…

  6. There aren’t enough brains in the whole O administration to win a fight with Benjamin Netanyahu – בנימין נתניהו .

  7. Abra Berkson says:

    Am Yisrael Chai. Obama has turned out to be a real A$$hole on so many fronts lately, he is so disappointing. As of the start of protective edge my nationality is not American. I am a Jew and proud of it.

  8. Apparently it does . And Obama just thumbed his ugly nose at Israel

  9. Jack Lincer says:

    No surprise here! He hasn’t really laid a finger on ISIL, we should all be wondering why!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Rick Lutes says:

    Mr. Kerry and Mr. Obama have been doing their best to ingratiate themselves to Iran. The quickest and most obvious method is to lend support to Hamas, an Iranian Client state; and to attempt to weaken Iran’s enemy, the Zionist Regime.

    Obama has no real interest in Israel being safe. Obama has no real interest in Gaza. Obama wants to be known as the President who signed a treaty with Iran and to that end, the Israelis, the Gazans, the PA, anyone else handy is to be thrown under the bus.

    No Obama’s problem with Netanyahu is Iran. It is not Israeli politics but Beltway politics. Obama’s Administration ends soon and his entire Foreign Policy from his “Russian Reset” failure to his Arab Spring failure; has unraveled and he has nothing to merit his Nobel Peace Prize and he knows it. This is his last ditch effort to ensure his legacy, a Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty with Iran.

  11. At last someone is telling the plain truth in US!

  12. JoAnn Morris says:

    Think Obama will ever acknowledge that Bibi knows what is best for Israel. He sure hasn’t helped the U.S. since he was elected prez!!

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