House Speaker John Boehner got a little defensive when he was asked by CNN‘s Dana Bash if his forthcoming trip to Israel was a kind of “victory lap” for the re-election of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a claim Boehner denied.
The Republican senator is set for his trip to Israel next week, but the House Speaker claims the trip was booked before the recent Israeli election even took place.
At the same time, Boehner spoke about how he felt the Obama administration’s whole approach to Netanyahu has been “reprehensible” over the past few years
“There are serious issues and activities going on in the Middle East and I think it’s critically important for members of Congress to hear from foreign leaders, other governments, other parts of their government, to get a real handle on the challenges that we face there,” Boehner said on Sunday.
It seems there is little Netanyahu can do or say not to evoke the anger of Obama, like his recent comment that he is against a two-state solution with the Palestinians.
Nevertheless, to Boehner’s mind, the Israeli premiere crossed no red lines with those pre-election comments. “Well, he doesn’t have a partner,” Boehner said, adding, “How do you have a two-state solution when you don’t have a partner in that solution, when you don’t have a partner for peace, when you’ve got a — when the other state is vowing to wipe you off the face of the earth?”
Boehner is also concerned about the current nuclear deal that the U.S. is negotiating with Iran, a country violently opposed to Israel’s very existence, over it’s suspected weapons program.
In showing his support for Netanyahu, and some would say, his disdain for President Obama, the House Speaker concluded, “I think the animosity exhibited by our administration toward the prime minister of Israel is reprehensible. And I think that the pressure that they’ve put on him over the last four or five years have frankly pushed him to the point where he had to speak up.”
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