Emanuel Bashes Netanyahu
According to The Jewish Telegraphic Agency, former White House Chief of Staff and current Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel of accused Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of “betraying” President Barack Obama by approving the expansion of Israeli settlements and by denying tax transfers to the Palestinian Authority.
The JTA further reports that Emanuel claimed that Netanyahu’s approval of settlement expansions was “retaliation” for “the successful Palestinian bid to achieve non-observer state status” at the United Nations.
According to The Weekly Standard, Emanuel also criticized Netanyahu for “betting on the wrong man” during the recent US presidential elections. Netanyahu, however, did not endorse Romney and largely took a neutral stance toward the US elections. Indeed, even during election season, Netanyahu praised the United States for its support of Israel and spoke of Israel’s support for the United States. Nevertheless, he was criticized by Obama’s supporters and by some Israeli newspapers for criticizing the Obama administration’s handling of the Iranian nuclear threat during the election season.
President Obama was widely criticized before the elections for his treatment of Netanyahu. Even during a critical point in US-Israel relations, Obama refused to make time to meet with Netanyahu during the Prime Minister’s visit to the United States. Yet he found time to appear on The Late Show with David Letterman.
Furthermore, according to Elise Foley of The Huffington Post, Former Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan accused Obama of treating Israel with “indifference bordering on contempt.”
Many in the media also observed that President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu treated each other coolly during a joint press conference where the two said that they had discussed Israel’s security – including the threat of a nuclear Iran.
Yet, according to Emanuel, it is Netanyahu, rather than Obama who is to blame for the coolness. According to The Weekly Standard, Emanuel said that Netanyahu would be expected to treat Obama differently during his second term. Indeed, says The Standard, he said that Obama “was not willing to accept degrading treatment” from Netanyahu and that it was “It is inconceivable that the Prime Minister would behave the way Netanyahu is behaving.”
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