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The Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, speaking in the Knesset.

Let’s hope for all our sakes that he and they are wrong.

Last week Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon was patently ignored during his visit to Washington, penciled in for a visit solely with his counterpart in the defense department and one other official. Top officials had “no time” for him – a direct smack in the face. They said, “enough.” Ya’alon has been sniping at Obama also — probably as payback for Obama’s disrespect to his boss, and to him.

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The White House behavior is ill-advised when one considers the fact that Netanyahu served in the IDF’s crack Sayeret Matkal special ops unit, and Obama never served in the military at all. Good poker players also bluff. Sometimes they win by bluffing. Obama would be wise to rethink his position, rather than “throw Israel under the bus,” as Economy Minister Naftali Bennett seems to think he is about to do.

When the pot starts calling the kettle black, it gets a little annoying. And when the U.S. began ragging once again about Israel’s planned urban development in its own capital city – and the few basic upgrades to existing towns in Judea and Samaria – Netanyahu said, “enough.”

Yesterday in remarks to the opening of the winter session of the Knesset Israel’s prime minister bluntly rejected Obama administration claims that building in Jerusalem was behind the current escalation in Arab violence and reminded once more that Arab violence against Israel preceded 1967.

“If what was written is true, then the current administration intends to throw Israel under the bus,” Bennett said in a statement later the same night in response to the Goldberg article. “[But] Israel is stronger than any disparager,” he warned. “The prime minister is not some private individual. He is the leader of the Jewish State and the Jewish world as a whole. Vulgar marks directed against an Israeli prime minister are hurtful to the millions of citizens of Israel and Jews worldwide,” Bennett said.

“Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East, and we have struggled throughout our 66 years for our existence. Israel is the vanguard of the free world against the Islamic terrorism of ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria), Hezbollah, Hamas and Iran.”

The prime minister’s office released a simple statement in response to the article: “Netanyahu will continue to uphold the security interests of the citizens of Israel and the historical rights of the Jewish people in Jerusalem. No pressure will change that.”

Instead of attacking Israel and forcing suicidal conditions on her, strengthen her,” Bennett urged.

Good advice. It might even save lives elsewhere around the world.

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Rachel Levy is a freelance journalist who has written for Jewish publications in New York, New Jersey and Israel.

17 COMMENTS

  1. The anti semitism emanating from this present Husein Obama Administration is absolutely disgusting & unacceptable. Bibi stand strong & don’t give in to them one iota. I’m not a big supporter of you, but you have 100% of my support on this one, Obama & his gang can go to hell.
    An Yisrael Chai V’Kayiam.

  2. This is aweful. I apoligize for such ignorance and arrogance. I grieve for America. I am American but as a Christian Israel is my heart. I support Israel in its stand as a jewish state. Belonging to the jewish people. They will not be a dispersed people. It is time to comfort my people. Nations who don't do this will be judged. As America has done unto Israel. Judgements will fall. So I weep for The lives of Israeli citizens taken away because of America s involvement in the middle east. This to me is the worlds greatest loss.

  3. If Barak Obama were in my class on geo-political history and current events, he would be sitting on a stool in the corner with a dunce cap on his head…and all those offering pathetic excuses for his biases would be standing outside in the rain so they could continue to line up behind him. That being said, I'm happy to be living in a country where I can still say those things without getting my head lopped off, or stoned to death, for expressing my opinionss…unlike the countries Obama supports to the detriment of Israel.

  4. God help America if we turn our back on Israel. The only way to destroy our country is from within. Obama is doing that very thing on every issue. Now he is destroying our relationship with our friends, Israel, which previous Presidents have held in esteem.

  5. Even if he hasn’t already wavered loyalty in fear of his middle eastern cousins declaring war on the US, he most certainly allows others to slander and insult Israel. If he was president during the days of WWII, we’d all already be taken over by Nazis due to his spineless personality.

  6. ROTFL–a feckless and incompetent community organizer who has retreated from all theatres and alliances world wide is calling a former commando a 'chicken'? Hey, and nuts to you, girlfriend Obama.

  7. The USA constitution incorporates the Anglo-American Treaty which is a clone of the Palestine Mandate. The USA must encourage settlement by Jews. That the USA does the opposite is unconstitutional!

  8. Bush and Obama owe Saudi for success and it sickens me to no end what politicians have done for oil and to line their own coffers. Their money will not save them. Sell outs their days are numbered.

  9. i hang my head in comlpeat shame that iam american.
    the only positive thing is i wont be on the earth much longer.
    i did not vote for this idiot knew he was shady
    now i know why. smh in total shame

  10. It's not America that has turned their back on Israel. Only Obama, who is an antiSemite due to his muslim roots. Mr. Netanyahu knows! He is a much more intelligent man than the muslim in the White House!

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