It’s Personal: Postscript we don’t like you.
Its been two weeks since U.S. President Joe Biden’s inauguration and Israel’s Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is still to receive a courtesy call from the Whitehouse. While within days of moving into the oval office Biden has phoned Russia, Germany, France, Canada, Australia, Mexico, South Korea amongst others.
One doesn’t have to look further than Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech to a joint session of the U.S. Congress on the 3rd of March 2015 for the absence a phone call, when Netanyahu criticised then-President Barak Obama’s Nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic of Iran. Prime Minister Netanyahu made his feelings very clear when he said “This is a bad deal – a very bad deal,” he went on to say “We’re better off without it.” Netanyahu was within his rights to criticize Obama’s arrangement with Iran as a leader of a sovereign state however one could argue the venue was an inappropriate place to directly criticise the actions of America’s president. When a guest in another’s house one should be on one’s best behaviour.
Obama and Biden have not forgotten the slight to Obama’s presidency and will not forgive Netanyahu’s chutzpah.
Its personal, and Biden intends to avenge the perceived wrong done to his and Obama’s honour.
Biden, has interpreted the recent criticism of a possible return to the discredited Iran Nuclear deal by IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi at the recent National Security Studies conference as being sanctioned by Netanyahu himself.
Whether he is right or not is irrelevant as the wound from 2015 has not healed and in fact, has been festering for the last four years during the Trump administration.
It’s very personal and all Jew’s especially Israeli Jew’s should be in no doubt that the absent phonecall is a symptom of the squalid political intrigue that has afflicted Amerca – Israel relations since the founding of the Jewish State in 1948 and a direct consequence of Netanyahu’s 2015 speech to the joint houses of Congress.
Should the Jewish State, suppose that this seeming oversight did not threaten the well-being of Israel it would be under a most “profound illusion.”
Its personal they don’t like us.