The White House has been publicly calm about the blatant act of disrespect to President Obama orchestrated by Speaker Of The House John Boehner and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu but privately administration officials are warning that there will be a price to be paid for his actions.
“Senior American official” as quoted by Haaretz: “We thought we’ve seen everything. But Bibi managed to surprise even us. There are things you simply don’t do. He spat in our face publicly and that’s no way to behave. Netanyahu ought to remember that President Obama has a year and a half left to his presidency, and that there will be a price.”
In a separate article on Haaretz an unidentified Democratic lawmaker suggested that was shooting himself in the foot by forcing Democrats to choose between Boehner and President Obama on the Iran sanctions bill, “Netanyahu is shooting himself in the foot, because by turning this into a partisan issue, he may be forcing some Democratic members to choose between Boehner and Obama, which, for them, is no choice at all.”
Republicans and conservative media are trying to twist this story to feed their narrative that President Obama hates Israel, but a more accurate description of what is happening is that Boehner and Netanyahu have conspired to disrespect the President Of The United States. The Israeli Prime Minister will likely regret his behavior because what goes around comes around.
Netanyahu openly buddied up to Mitt Romney in 2012, did everything that he could to get a fellow conservative war hawk elected president. Netanyahu’s antics aren’t playing well with American Jewish groups and his willingness to use his power as a foreign leader to get involved in a dispute between the executive and legislative branches of the United States government is almost as troubling as the the fact that John Boehner invited Netanyahu to address Congress for exactly this reason.
Barack Obama isn’t a president who bellows and rages. He doesn’t wear his emotions on his sleeve, but his administration doesn’t forget. When they say that there will be a price to be paid, that price will not be cheap.