Obama WH Says Netanyahu “Spat in Our Face” for Agreeing to Speak With US Congress on Iranian Threat
On Thursday the Obama White House said they would not meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu because they wanted to “avoid the appearance of influencing a democratic election in a foreign country.”
The Israeli elections are two weeks after Netanyahu is set to address a joint session of Congress.
On Friday an Obama administration official told reporters Netanyahu “spat in our face.”
The Times of Israel reported:
The White House’s outrage over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s plan to speak before Congress in March — a move he failed to coordinate with the administration — began to seep through the diplomatic cracks on Friday, with officials telling Haaretz the Israeli leader had “spat” in President Barack Obama’s face.
“We thought we’ve seen everything,” the newspaper quoted an unnamed senior US official as saying. “But Bibi managed to surprise even us.
“There are things you simply don’t do. He spat in our face publicly and that’s no way to behave. Netanyahu ought to remember that President Obama has a year and a half left to his presidency, and that there will be a price,” he said.
So much for not influencing a foreign election, huh?