This week has been very serious pertaining to United States and Israel diplomacy. From what other news outlets have reported, United States President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have a relationship that is in a “full-blown crisis.” The Inquisitr previously reported that the deterioration of diplomacy is not just from their disagreements, but from an anonymous senior U.S. official calling Netanyahu a “chickens**t!”
It could have been possible for this news to simply pass, especially with the fact the senior U.S. official remained anonymous. However, Benjamin Netanyahu is reportedly recognizing the insult and has made a response to it.
According to Business Insider, Israeli leaders usually do not respond to comments made by unidentified or anonymous officials. However, Benjamin Netanyahu addressed insulting remarks made towards him in an opening memorial ceremony in parliament for an Israeli cabinet minister who was assassinated by a Palestinian back in 2001.
“Our supreme interest, chiefly the security and unity of Jerusalem, are not the main concern of those anonymous officials who attack us and me personally, as the assault on me comes only because I defend the State of Israel.”
“Despite all of the attacks I suffer, I will continue to defend our country. I will continue to defend the citizens of Israel.”
Benjamin Netanyahu’s pledge resonates among the Israeli people, even amid fears that a strained relationship with Barack Obama will result in no support from Israel’s main diplomatic ally and arms provider. Still, Netanyahu stood his ground that even individuals who had issues with him are now defending him. Naftali Bennett, Israel’s Economy Minister, is one for example when he stated the following.
“The prime minister of Israel is not a private person. He is the leader of the Jewish state and the entire Jewish people. Cursing the prime minister and calling him names is an insult not just to him but to the millions of Israeli citizens and Jews across the globe.”
If you want to watch Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech in which he addresses the verbal attacks an anonymous senior U.S. official made, Israel Video Network has captured the speech and uploaded the video attached below.
Israel Video Network reported that, in general, Israel still loves the United States. The only thing they have an issue with is the current U.S. administration. Many Israelis felt betrayed that Barack Obama blocked shipments of several weapons back in summer. That is a big deal because Israel was in the Gaza War against Palestine at the time. Because of this, their report concludes that Israelis will most likely regain trust for the U.S. government after Obama is done with his final term.
What are your views about Benjamin Netanyahu’s response to the insult he received? Was he being civil towards a situation which might have caused international turmoil? Should he have been angrier?