Well, I guess the Obama Administration’s campaign against Benjamin Netanyahu and Israel isn’t working out so well.
Over the past couple of days, Secretary of State John Kerry has been playing nice with Israel.
Yesterday, during an appearance on ABC’s This Week, Kerry indicated that Netanyahu is “welcome to speak in the United States” and didn’t want Bibi’s visit to become “a political football.”
Today, Kerry took aim at the UN Human Rights Council in its presence stating, “It must be said that the HRC’s obsession with Israel actually risks undermining the credibility of the entire organization.”
Well, it’s good to know Netanyahu has Kerry’s permission to speak on American soil. Of course, it is the Obama Administration which turned Bibi’s visit into a political football which they fumbled very, very badly including Kerry who made a point of questioning Netanyahu’s support for the War in Iraq. Kerry, of course, was famously for the war before he was against it.
While it is good that Kerry took the UN Human Rights Council to task for its “obsession” with Israel, it was the Obama Administration which saw fit to rejoin the organization in 2009 and thus gave it legitimacy.
Naturally, Kerry didn’t let Bibi off the hook completely. This is the Obama Administration after all. During the UNHRC speech, Kerry warned Netanyahu against leaking “selective details of the negotiations” with Iran.
Make no mistake. Kerry and the rest of the Obama Administration hold Netanyahu and Israel with utter contempt. But I think the Obama Administration will at least in the short term be far more subtle in its criticism of Israel especially if Netanyahu should retain office later this month.
Or put another way, to paraphrase Kerry, President Obama’s obsession with Israel (and Netanyahu in particular) undermines the credibility of the White House.
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