Joe Biden has spent his first four weeks in the White House feverishly canceling Donald Trump — or reconstituting Barack Obama, as it were. While the majority of bipartisan criticism of Biden has focused on his frenzied signing of executive orders, Biden’s snub of Israel and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has Obama’s fingerprints all over it.
Obama, as you probably recall, gleefully threw Bibi Netanyahu and Israel as far under the bus as he could at every opportunity — including opportunities he himself created. In November 2016, as Obama’s presidency was winding down, Israel and Jewish groups in America feared a “December surprise” from a president who spent four years undercutting the Jewish State — generally to the benefit of the Palestinians.
Lo and behold, Obama didn’t “disappoint.”
As reported by Reuters at the time, the Obama administration refused to veto — and abstained from voting on — a United Nations Security Council resolution that demanded an immediate halt to all Israeli settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, enabling the measure to pass. The Palestinian Authority hailed “a day of victory,” while Israeli minister Yuval Steinitz, speaking after the vote, said the US had “abandoned Israel, its only ally in the Middle East.”
And Biden? During a Jan. 13 press conference, Jen “Circle Back” Psaki insisted his lack of calling Netanyahu should not be perceived as a snub.
“It is not an intentional diss. Prime Minister Netanyahu is someone the president has known for some time. It is just a reflection of the fact that we’ve been here for three and a half weeks. He’s not called every single global leader yet, and he is eager to do that in the weeks.” ahead.”
Yeah, well, Biden has found the time to call the leaders of Canada, Mexico, the UK, India, France, Germany, Japan, South Korea, Russia, and China. Former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer calls Biden’s diss of Bibi Netanyahu “shameful.”
“This is shameful. It’s no way to treat America’s best ally in the Middle East. The only democracy there. Obama was not good for Israel. So far, Biden is worse.”
Shameful it is. Biden is the first president in 40 years not to contact Israel’s leaders as one of his first actions in the White House.
This is shameful. It’s no way to treat America’s best ally in the Middle East. The only democracy there. Obama was not good for Israel. So far, Biden is worse. https://t.co/o9d2tzczxW
— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) February 13, 2021
Someone else not buying Psaki’s nonsense and Biden’s failure to call Israel is former U.S. Ambassador to Germany and former Acting Director of National Intelligence, Ric Grenell. In a word, Grenell thinks the whole thing is a complete load of crap.
— Jason Miller (@JasonMillerinDC) February 17, 2021
During a Wednesday appearance on Newsmax TV’s “Spicer & Co,” Grenell went after Biden’s excuses — strong.
“It’s terrible; it’s unexplainable; it is wrong; I can’t even imagine what they’re thinking. What is [National Security Adviser] Jake Sullivan thinking? Why in the world are we not calling our ally, the leader of the county?”
Grenell then answered his own question.
“Could it be that there is an election and they’re trying to play politics with the election? There were some reports that we’ve seen never-Trumpers working for other candidates in Israel. This is really too much.”
C’mon, Ric — don’t be such a cynic. I mean, it’s completely coincidental that Bibi Netanyahu and his Likud party face tough elections on March 23, right?
Again, like Obama, like Biden.
As reported by The Times of Israel in July 2016, the Obama administration in 2015 supported a group that tried to unseat Netanyahu to the tune of nearly $350,000, a Senate inquiry found, although it cleared the State Department of “any wrongdoing.”
And now the band plays on. Again Grenell isn’t buying the Biden administration’s excuses.
“I don’t buy it. They’re saying they’re not snubbing him. Well pick up the phone and call the ally, within the first 30 days. You don’t have time? [Biden] was playing Mario Kart out at Camp David.
“Why don’t you dial back some of your game-playing and spend five minutes on the phone with the leader of a country that is our greatest ally in the Middle East.”
How proud must Obama be of his former vice president?