Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has furiously and repeatedly denounced President Barack Obama for going behind Israel’s back on U.N. Security Council Resolution, calling it a betrayal of the U.S.-Israel alliance. He also claims to have “irrefutable” evidence that the United States colluded with Israel’s critics, but instead of making that public he said he would hand it over to the incoming Trump administration.
In his angry response to Secretary of State John Kerry’s speech on the subject, a self-righteous Netanyahu said, “Israelis do not need to be lectured about peace by foreign leaders.” That’s an odd statement coming from someone who incessantly lectures foreign leaders on that and other topics, most recently in recent weeks and most memorably when he rudely lectured the President of the United States on live television in the Oval Office.
Netanyahu’s U.N. Ambassador Danny Danon called Secretary Kerry a liar for denying he had coordinated the resolution with its sponsors and was the driving force behind it. Danon, an outspoken opponent of Palestinian statehood, also falsely accused Kerry of not mentioning Hamas violence in the speech; in fact, the secretary had been harshly critical of the Gaza Islamist group at length in that speech.
The charge of going behind Israel’s back oddly comes from a prime minister who secretly colluded with the Republican opposition in the Congress to sandbag the President of the United States to deliver a speech to the Congress against the Obama administration’s Iran nuclear agreement and to lead the GOP’s – failed — lobbying campaign.
His ambassador, Ron Dermer, a former Republican operative and Newt Gingrich protégé, negotiated the secret ambush of the President with House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).
This is the same prime minister who appointed as his spokesman a man who publicly called the President of the United States an anti-Semite and vilified the secretary of state.
For the text of Kerry’s speech Israeli-Palestinian peace, click here.