Well, that didn’t take long.
The Obama Administration, unable to bring themselves congratulate Benjamin Netanyahu on his re-election, couldn’t wait 24 hours to tell the world how they really feel.
As Daniel Halper of The Weekly Standard tells us that White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest let Bibi have while talking to reporters aboard Air Force One. While Earnest didn’t mention Bibi by name, he criticized his Likud Party for “divisive rhetoric to marginalize Arab-Israeli citizens” adding that “it undermines the values and democratic ideals that…binds the United States and Israel together.”
Earnest’s statement is, well, not very earnest. Although it does prove my argument that the election wasn’t between Bibi and Bugie, but between Bibi and Barack.
As much as they may hate Israel, Arabs residing in the Muslim world envy the rights exercised by Israeli Arabs.
His critique of Netanyahu’s warnings about the Arab vote is precious when you consider the Iranian government murdered its own citizens who objected to the outcome of their “election” in 2009. That would be the election which Obama said it was not his place to meddle.
I can’t say I’m surprised by Earnest’s criticisms of Netanyahu considering the lengths he went to deny last January’s attack at Hyper Cacher was motivated by anti-Semitism stating “there were people other than just Jews who were in that…deli.”
Aside from their ideological emnity towards Netanyahu and the State of Israel, the reason the Obama Administration is so angry at the outcome of last night’s election is because Bibi beat them at their own game.
The Obama Administration targeted Netanyahu then froze, polarized and personalized him. They threw everything they had at him and they still lost. The only thing Barack Obama is good at is winning elections and he couldn’t win this one. It’s the same reason Scott Walker gets the ire of Democrats including President Obama. Like Bibi, Walker beats them at their own game.
If Josh Earnest is going to accuse Netanyahu of marginalizing Israeli Arab citizens today then we will soon hear from other Obama Administration officials tomorrow and in the coming days. The Obama Administration can complain about Netanyahu all they want. It doesn’t change the fact that Netanyahu won fair and square and will be Israel’s Prime Minister beyond President Obama’s term in office. It’s time for the Obama Administration to start acting like adults and treating Netanyahu with the respect an elected head of government deserves.
Or put another way, the Obama Administration needs to pick another target preferably the Iranian mullahs.