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McCain Competes With Boehner on Who Is More Loyal to Netanyahu and More Hostile to Obama than the Other
March 23, 2015
Loyalty to Israel, particularly to the Israeli prime minister, Netanyahu, has become a required public ritual American politicians have to perform in order to be allowed to run for office, get elected, or reelected!
This time McCain and Boehner are competing on the position of who is more loyal to Netanyahu than the other, particularly by public attacks, ridicule, and humiliation of President Obama for daring not to listen to the genocidal wishes of Netanyahu (by attacking Iran instead of reaching an agreement with it).
What's amazing is that this loyalty to a foreign government and a foreign leader who is holstile to the President of the United States has not led to any action from the Depertment of Justice concerning the cooperation of these politicians with a foreign leader against their country and their President!
The Zionist media, such as Fox and CNN, has not questioned these actions by these politicians as loyalty to a foreign entity. The Zionist media pundits have been even distracting viewers to the Middle-East upheavals, which have been orchestrated as "creative destruction" for the benefits of the Israeli Empire.
With such politicians as McCain and Boehner, the United States has been reduced to an Israeli colony, financing and executing Israeli wars and plans in the Middle East, with Zero tolerance to any slight disobedience of Netanyahu's orders!
Amazing times, indeed!
McCain to Obama: get over your temper tantrum
WASHINGTON Mon Mar 23, 2015 12:56am EDT
Credit: Reuters/Joshua Roberts
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -
U.S. Senator John McCain accused President Barack Obama of throwing a "temper tantrum" over comments by Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, adding to the conflict between the White House and the Republican-dominated Congress over Israel.
McCain, asked on CNN's "State of the Union" show if U.S.-Israel relations were at a dangerous point, said, "I think that's up to the president of the United States."
Obama's sensitive relationship with Netanyahu was strained further by comments Netanyahu made in the closing moments of his successful campaign for re-election last week.
"The president should get over it," McCain said on CNN. "Get over your temper tantrum, Mr. President.
"The least of your problems is what Bibi Netanyahu said during an election campaign. If every politician were held to everything they say in a political campaign, obviously that would be a topic of long discussion."
McCain, a leading voice in Congress on foreign relations, urged Obama to focus on the growing Islamic State threat in the Middle East and curbing Iran's nuclear program.
Netanyahu has become an issue in Democrat Obama's rocky relationship with Congress, where Republicans hold majorities in both the House and Senate.
Netanyahu told the U.S. Congress earlier this month that the United States should do more to stop Iran's nuclear program, speaking at the invitation of House Speaker John Boehner, who did not consult the White House in advance.
A group of 47 senators also bypassed Obama this month by sending a letter to Iran that the White House said undermined negotiations with Tehran on nuclear weapons.
Netanyahu drew a further rebuke from the White House last week when he abandoned a commitment to negotiate a Palestinian state, even though he later backed off from his comments. Media reports said the United States was reviewing its position on a U.N. Security Council resolution on Palestinian state.
In the past Israel has relied on U.S. veto power on the Security Council to support its interests.
(Writing and reporting by Bill Trott; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)
John Boehner to visit Israel in wake of Netanyahu's election victory
Visit will follow Netanyahu’s surprise election victory this week and his speech to Congress earlier this month on Boehner’s invitation
Saturday 21 March 2015 19.29 EDT
The speaker of the House, John Boehner, will travel to Israel this month, in a move likely to further the simmering tensions between the White House and the Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu.
The trip, labeled “a victory lap” in the Israeli press, comes just days after Netanyahu won a decisive electoral victory.
“The speaker will visit Israel during the next district work period,” Kevin Smith, a spokesman for Boehner, told the Guardian. “He looks forward to visiting the country, discussing our shared priorities for peace and security in the region, and further strengthening the bond between the United States and Israel.”
A political furore broke out in Washington earlier this month after Boehner invited the Israeli leader to address Congress without consulting the Obama administration.
Although the trip had been planned months ago before Netanyahu called an election according to a congressional source, it comes at a time when US-Israeli relations are at their worst in decades. While Obama and Netanyahu have long had a difficult personal relationship, it became toxic in the aftermath of Netanyahu’s address to a joint session of Congress on 3 March. There, theNetanyahu criticized what he perceived as American over-eagerness to strike an accord with Iran to curb that nation’s nuclear program. Netanyahu argued “no deal was better than a bad deal”.
Obama did not meet with Netanyahu on that trip, instead criticizing the Israeli leader’s ‘divisive rhetoric.’ The US president also pointedly waited days to congratulate the Israeli prime minister on his re-election victory.
In addition to the pending nuclear deal, the Obama administration has hinted that it could move away from protecting Israel at the UN and international institutions after controversial remarks made by Netanyahu during his re-election campaign about the creation of a Palestinian state. A two-state solution has been a key long-term policy in Washington.
During the campaign, Netanyahu answered a question from a reporter about whether a Palestinian state would not be established during his premiership by saying “correct”.
On Thursday, the White House press secretary, Josh Earnest, said that this statement “has prompted [the Obama administration] to re-evaluate our approach to this matter”.
Netanyahu later attempted to walk back his statement, saying that he had not reversed his endorsement of a two-state solution, first made in a milestone speech at Bar-Ilan University in 2009. In an interview with MSNBC, Netanyahu claimed he was merely acknowledging that, with the continued control of Gaza by the terrorist group Hamas, it was impossible for a two-state solution to be reached in the near future.
Boehner’s trip will serve to raise the stakes in the increasingly partisan debate over US relations with Israel. While the Obama administration increasingly looks askance at Netanyahu, there is still a strong bipartisan consensus for American support of Israel. By visiting Israel, Boehner will seek to further separate the White House from the mainstream on this issue as well as increase pressure on the Obama administration to reach a deal with Iran to stop that country’s nuclear program that will be acceptable to Congress.
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