Unprecedented Loathing Between US-Israel Leaders Bring Relations to Brink of Collapse

Israel, Egypt, Saudi Arabia & Turkey are all experiencing historic difficulties in their relations with Washington because Obama abandoned alliances in favor of relations with an enemy by defending Iran.

By Ari Yashar


A media storm over a “crisis in US-Israel relations” was generated following a Tuesday report that a senior official in US President Barack Obama’s administration called Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu “chickens**t” – and according to former Israeli ambassadors to America, its just the latest in an unprecedented crisis in relations.

Prof. Itamar Rabinovich, who served as ambassador between 1992 and 1996, told Walla! Wednesday relations have never been this bad before, commenting “the two sides haven’t just taken off the gloves – they threw them in the trash.”

“Crises between us and the United States in the past mostly stemmed from concentrated pressure on a certain issue: (Dwight) Eisenhower forced (David) Ben-Gurion to retreat from Sinai in 1956, (Gerald) Ford pressed (Yitzhak) Rabin on the issue of Egypt in 1975,” recounted Rabinovich.

“However, today there is a combination of a string of disagreements, practically on every meaningful issue in the region, and very awful personal   relations between the leaders,” he added, noting “it’s unprecedented.”

While he criticized the Obama administration for its numerous failures in foreign policy, Rabinovich also took Netanyahu to task for not succeeding in maintaining working relations with the American government.

The collapse in ties has great implications according to Rabinovich, who said about Operation Protective Edge “we saw during the last war in Gaza two ostensibly clerical decisions that caused damage to Israel.”

Those decisions included “the cancellation of flights to Ben Gurion International Airport and the delay of a Hellfire missile transfer. The ‘clerics’ in Washington know to read the direction of the wind and make manipulations according to the administration’s policy.”

That damage has only continued according to Rabinovich, who added “when the defense minister (Moshe Ya’alon) arrives in Washington and the administration leaks that they aren’t ready to meet with him, in the end that influences.”

“This personal loathing is unprecedented”

Joining Rabinovich’s assessment was Danny Ayalon, ambassador to America from 2002 to 2006, who likewise told Walla! the diplomatic schism is unprecedented.

“In terms of the personal relations between the prime minister and the president, which is supremely important, there has never been something like this,” stated Ayalon.

“What we are seeing between Netanyahu and Obama – personal loathing, scorn, ugly leaks of one against the other – these are things we never knew in the past,” added the former ambassador.

Ayalon noted that the situation is odd given that intelligence and security cooperation continues between the two countries, “but between the leaders there’s a complete lack of confidence. That’s a problem because there are times when the confidence between leaders is the most important thing.”

An unnamed senior minister in Jerusalem told the Hebrew-language paper “there have been very serious disagreements throughout the years, but there was never the kind of disgust between the president of the United States and the prime minister of Israel as there is today between Netanyahu and Obama.”

“Obama has abandoned allies for Iran”

Michael Doran, who served as a Middle East expert on the National Security Council under former US President George W. Bush, also spoke to Walla! about the recent events.

“The crisis in Israel-United States relations must been seen in a wider context,” said Doran. “Obama lost the confidence of all the traditional American allies in the region.”

“Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Turkey: all of them are experiencing historic difficulties in their relations with Washington. Why? Because Obama abandoned the defense of the traditional system of alliances in favor of relations with an enemy in defending Iran,” said Doran.

The regional expert continued: “if the Obama administration had obligated itself to stopping the Iranian nuclear program, it would have used its allies in the same way (Iranian President Hassan) Rouhani is using extremists in Tehran. Obama could have told the Iranians ‘listen, there’s a crazy guy in Jerusalem who I have no control over, so you should reach a deal, and quickly.'”

“Instead of that, he is doing the complete opposite. He is ignoring Israel and Saudi Arabia. The Iranians read his weakness and are manipulating it,” warned Doran.

The assessment comes a day after American and Arab officials revealed to the Wall Street Journal that Obama’s administration is cozying up to Iran and its terror proxies Hamas and Hezbollah, through such means as secretive communication channels and providing intelligence information.

As ties with America have continued to go southward, Israel has constantly been looking eastward and building new alliances, seen in strong military ties with India, and budding relations with Japan and China.


View original Arutz Sheva publication at: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/186747#.VFDPSMmLUYA

One comment

  1. Michael S. says:

    President Obama has certainly hit a historic low in diplomacy.

    1. Obama’s rumor-mill spokespersons have just insulted the Israeli leader with profanity. This is nothing earthshaking, to those who are familiar with Obama’s hatred the Jewish homeland. What is surprising, is that he has chosen to be such a buffoon in the week before elections. Methinks the man is becoming unhinged.

    2. Obama’s relationship with the Turks isn’t any better than that with Israel: Turkey has signed on to Obama’s “anti-ISIL coalition”, but refuses to help it until Mr. O clarifies just what his objectives are. They stand to wait a long time on that one.

    3. Obama’s relationship with the Kurds is probably worse than that with the Turks. The Occupant of the White House is presumably “at war” with the terrorist army that is besieging and destroying a strategic city of theirs; but he has been whipping those terrorists with a wet noodle while Kurdish lives hang in the balance.

    4. Obama is winning no friends with the Arabs, by getting in bed with the Iranians over nuclear weapons. By attacking Israel at the very time he is closing a deal with the Iranians that allows them to keep their weaponization facilities, “O” is signalling the Saudis, Egyptians, etc. that they, too, are on their own in facing this menace.

    Did I leave out anyone? The Iranians, of course, are rolling in laughter at the _____ in the White House (I won’t stoop to Obama’s level, by using his crass language). The Russians couldn’t be happier — the more Obama shoots himself in the foot over the Middle East, the less pressure there is on the Russians in the Ukraine. Ditto for the Chinese, with the protests in Hong Kong and their ham-fisted diplomacy in the South and East China Seas.

    As a general rule of thumb, American allies are all nervous over Obama’s erratic behavior. The fact that he’s likely to lose both houses of Congress as a result of it, and become even more of an ineffective, hobbled dictator in his second term, should not be any comfort to them.

    God bless and keep the Czar, far away from us. Obama is in for 2+ years of disaster; and the more he tries to blame the Jews for his problems, and insult their leader, the more he is bound to trip himself up and fall on his face.

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