Mar 20 2014
Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon seems to really know how to push the Obama Regime’s buttons. For at least the second time this year, Washington on Wednesday issued public complaints over Ya’alon’s criticism of its handling of international affairs. And this comes right on the heels of Ya’alon’s declaration, “There will be no peace with the Palestinians in my lifetime.”
In response, John Kerry, the US secretary of state – who has brokered the talks – criticized Israel’s stance last week while appearing before the House of Representatives foreign affairs committee on Capitol Hill. “I think it’s a mistake for some people to be raising it [recognition as a Jewish state] again and again as the critical decider of their attitude towards the possibility of a state and peace, and we’ve obviously made that clear,” he said.
Israel Today Speaking at a closed-door event at Tel Aviv University on Monday, Ya’alon said Israel could not rely on a “weak” United States to prevent Iran from attaining nuclear weapons. He said that image of weakness had only been bolstered by the Obama Administration’s feeble handling of the crises in Syria and Ukraine.
Ya’alon continued by criticizing Washington for entering into negotiations with Iran, rather than standing firm on either sanctions or a military threat. He noted that the Iranian regime is far more wily, and had been consistently outmaneuvering the Americans in the ongoing nuclear talks.
In an episode that began to play out like a schoolyard tiff, US Secretary of State John Kerry, who was the direct target of Ya’alon’s criticism in January, indignantly phoned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to complain over his defense minister’s remarks.
State Department Spokeswoman Jen Psaki was also miffed when reporters asked her about Ya’alon’s harsh comments. “It is certainly confusing to us why Defense Minister Ya’alon would continue his pattern of making comments that don’t accurately represent the scope of our close partnership on a range of security issues and on the enduring partnership between the United States and Israel,” she said.
Another Israeli political expert told The Times of Israel that Washington’s reaction to Ya’alon’s remarks is nothing short of “childish.” He said the Obama Regime is already aware that Ya’alon is a man who “doesn’t mince words,” and more often than not is saying exactly what most other Israelis, including Netanyahu, are thinking.