There are some things you should, well, just keep to yourself. Because when you divulge certain pieces of information, you have to try and explain it — and oft time rather clumsily. Such is the case regarding Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s address to a joint session of Congress defining his “neighborhood.”
The Obama administration has already created a very toxic environment for no apparent reason and at the same time has lost any semblance of moral high ground.
Secretary of State John Kerry and Vice President Joe Biden have fled town. Potential Democrat presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton is in Washington D.C. to receive an award from Emily’s List, but will not meet with the Israeli Prime Minister.
And that leaves President Obama, who is in D.C., but will just “stay at home” — yes, he has refused to meet with Netanyahu.
Adding insult to injury, here is the response from White House spokesperson Josh “Not So” Earnest.
“I haven’t looked at the president’s schedule for tomorrow. I doubt that he will spend his whole time watching the speech.”
Politico reports, “the relationship between the White House and the Israeli government has been tense since Netanyahu’s decision to schedule the speech to Congress without first consulting the executive branch.”
I don’t think the Obama administration has a lot of moral credibility when it comes to being upset about actions taken without prior consult by Congress. I tend to believe all these unconstitutional executive actions are a little more important that a speech.
With its petulant manner, and whether accidently or on purpose, the Obama has made this speech by Prime Minister Netanyahu into a major international event. But will any of this evident disregard, disrespect, and disdain matter to the American Jewish community, many of whom will march lock step with the virulent anti-Israel progressive socialist left?
Well, having lived in South Florida for some 11 years, I can tell you probably not. There are probably many American Jews who are blaming PM Netanyahu — they happen to live on J-Street.
I want to present the contrast on how one maintains the high ground and how one loses it.
Politico said, “Yesterday, Netanyahu told the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee that he intended no “disrespect” to the U.S. president in coming to speak before Congress without clearing the visit with the White House. He instead said that he felt a “moral obligation” to warn lawmakers against the perils of what he sees as a weak nuclear deal with Iran.”
In contrast, Josh Earnest said he didn’t believe Obama had watched Netanyahu’s speech to AIPAC either. As well, President Obama has declined to meet with the Israeli prime minister on this visit, citing a White House policy of not holding bilateral meetings with foreign leaders immediately before they face reelection.
Obama can’t meet with Netanyahu due to an impending election, but he well knows he has campaign operatives in Israel working against the Israeli Prime Minister.
Funny, at such a critical time when moral clarity is needed on the global stage, it appears that YouTube star Glozelle Green earns more respect from President Obama than the leader of our best ally in the Middle East.
You also have to ask, why would Democrat Members of Congress want their own separate meeting with Netanyahu after his speech? Perhaps for their own closed door brow beating session? And showing grace, Netanyahu simply declined.
What makes the progressive socialist left so anxious and disparaging about a simple speech? Maybe it’s the fact that truth is feared. Or perhaps the image of a true battle-tested leader is too disconcerting.