White House Doesn’t Deny That They Are Angry at Netanyahu for Disrespecting Obama


The White House is not denying that they are angry over Speaker of the House John Boehner and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu conspiring to disrespect President Obama.

White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough was on Fox News Sunday where it was easy to see that the White House is not happy with the Republican plan to have Netanyahu address Congress.



WALLACE: OK. This week, House Speaker Boehner invited and the Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu accepted an invitation to come to Congress in March to talk about Iran — all of this, doing it without any consultation of the White House. A senior U.S. official is quote in a major Israeli newspaper as saying this, about Netanyahu, “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.” What’s the price?

MCDONOUGH: Look, I don’t know who made that quote. That’s not my position. That’s not the president’s position. And our view is that, as a traditional matter, we have avoided getting in the middle of our friends, even our closest friends like Great Britain or Israel, getting in the middle of their campaigns. Given the proximity of this visit to that election in Israel, we just think it doesn’t make any sense for us to have a meeting. So, that’s how we’re going to treat it. But also, let’s take a step back and talk a little bit about the strength of this bilateral relationship and its breadth from our shared values to intelligence, military —


WALLACE: I understand that.

MCDONOUGH: And that’s exactly how we’re going to treat this.

WALLACE: But are you angry, honestly? Are — is the — are you, is the president, is the White House, are you angry with Speaker Boehner for doing this on his own and for Netanyahu accepting it on his own without any consultation with the White House?

MCDONOUGH: Look, I don’t spend a lot of time on my emotions or getting angry, otherwise. I’d spend a lot of time dealing with the situations that we’re presented with. And here’s the way the president’s always seen the U.S.-Israel relationship, as above partisan politics, something that is fundamentally in our interest. And so, that’s how we’ll continue to treat this, irrespective of how this thing goes back and forth.

There were two elements missing in McDonough’s answer. First, the White House chief of staff didn’t utter a single word of welcome to the Israeli Prime Minister. Second, he never denied that the White House was angry about the disrespect that has been shown to the president. The White House’s refusal to meet with Netanyahu when he is in the country is one of the biggest non-verbal signs of displeasure that a president can give.

Beyond disrespecting the president, Netanyahu is clearly violating Israeli election law by holding what is, in essence, a campaign event in the United States weeks before the election in Israel. If anything, McDonough’s answer lends credibility to the report out of Israel that the White House is livid and warning the prime minister that there will be a price to be paid for his disrespect.

The White House is doing the right thing by, not meddling in Israel’s elections. Giving Netanyahu a bigger platform by having President Obama meet with him would be a blatant level of interference that the American people would never tolerate from an outside government in a presidential election. The White House reaction has nothing to do with U.S.-Israeli relations and everything to do with disrespect and domestic politics.

39 Replies to “White House Doesn’t Deny That They Are Angry at Netanyahu for Disrespecting Obama”

  1. I’m Jewish but I don’t like Netanayahu and I especially like the unholy alliance between Netanayahu and the religious right. Basically he’s using Congress to try and get reelected. He’s got a long unsavoury history including incitement against Israeli Prime Minister Rabin which led a crazy nutjob to assassinate him in 1995. Netanayahu is also very racist, his government secretly sterilizing Ethiopian Jewish immigrants.

  2. From what I can gather we give Israel about 20 billion a year. Yeah I know someone will say its only 3 billion. What they don’t take into account is the loan guarantees and back door deals that they don’t want you to know about.

    Why is the likud party doing this? Because anyone who brings this up is labeled anti-Semite or jew hater.

    Enough is enough. They don’t run our policy. If they, the Israelis are all that then we should stop protecting them from UN sanctions about their apartheid state, cut all military aid and tell them make peace or sink or swim on your own.

    But it wont happen. They can spy on us, sink and kill our naval personnel, spit in the face of our Presidents and yes even Bush and nothing will happen.

    We are their bitches. Get use to it

  3. I’ve always felt that this Republican Party of today is anti-American, i believe this proves it “THEY ARE”!!!!!!

  4. They are playing a very dangerous game, There are a lot of people who are already anti jewisn and those that are not are shaking our heads like WTF? Is this how you repay us after we cover your ass and sweet baby jeebus that’s a lot of ass wiping

  5. Can someone refresh my memory as to why Boner’s stunt does not violate the Logan Act?

  6. The quislings will bring up Jessie Jackson bring the pilot home from Syria, Pelosi asking about the Isreali pilot captured by Hezbollah and their ace in the hole Sen McGovern talking about the Cuban embargo during the Ford administration never mind he oppose it since Kennedy.

    So all is well both sides do it

  7. It is not about being anti-Jewish or anti-Israel. It is about being anti-Netanyahu. He is the one responsible.

  8. The White House should not even give these idiots the satisfaction of letting them know they are angry. That’s what Boehner wants..is to piss off POTUS. I wouldn’t even comment on it if I was in that situation.

    The WH should plan their course to deal with the obnoxious and disrespect, and stay mum publicly. Boehner will think he’s a hero b/c he made the President mad. Funny Boehner has a spine to do the Un-American thing, but not for Americans.

  9. John Boehner commits TREASON according to The Logan Act (1 Stat. 613, 30 January 1799, currently codified at 18 U.S.C. § 953) is a United States federal law that forbids unauthorized citizens from negotiating with foreign governments. It was passed in 1799 and last amended in 1994. Violation of the Logan Act is a felony, punishable under federal law with imprisonment of up to three years.
    The Act was intended to prohibit United States citizens without authority from interfering in relations between the United States and foreign governments.

  10. Boehner, from what I have been reading the last day or so, violated the Logan Law. The President does not wear his emotions on his sleeves, but I suspect, having taught Constitutional Law, the President is aware of this.
    Boehner made a huge mistake, with this move. It’s almost as if he is daring this new take no prisoners Obama to punish him. He’s going to get his wish.

  11. Put Boehner in jail together with the two main war criminals from Iraq, bush and Cheney. Then three good things would have been accomplished..

  12. I believe that he can’t be tried until he is out of office under the Constitution. He would have to be impeached first.

  13. I agree 100%. Boehner should be impeached and imprisoned for treason. This will never happen though. It seems that our government keeps getting more and more corrupt with no sanctions levied against them. We need to amend the Constitution, and not allow Congress to wield so much power, and make it so difficult to get rid of them! It takes a 2/3 vote from the House and Senate, I believe, to impeach them. With a GOP dominated Congress, this will never happen!

  14. Obama can hand Boehner, and Netanyahu a massive FU by denying Netanyahu a visa for his address to the Congress citing the violation of Israeli election law that Netanyahu would be committing by doing so.

  15. Because the last thing we need is another conspiracy theorist without a shred of evidence building a mountain out of a mole hill. This dog and pony show they’ve come up with is, on its own, bad enough. Let’s not join the far right and start making aluminum foil pirate hats.

  16. john Boehner Should Step Down I Think He Has Step Over The President Way Too Far This Man Has No Right To Do What He Did And His Has Disrespect The President Way Too Much Even Has Own Voters Know It Is Wrong What He Did Look’s Like Boehner Is Going Keep Having A Non Working Congress For The Next Two Years He Need’s To Be Let Go Put Someone Who Going To Do Something For Their Party He Showing All The Other Country Shame Here

  17. If you notice Netty was in France inciting Zionism. They need to get ppl to Israel,to keep a majority. So the more anti-semitism the better for Israel. I admit I am anti-Zionist. Found good explanation of Zionism on the True Torah Jews Org. All the new Jews moving to Israel will go into the new illegal settlements, Netty already said so. There they can harass the Palestinians, cut down olive trees & poison goats.

  18. Netanyahu should have declined Boehner’s invitation to speak before Congress. His acceptance to Boehner’s invitation shows the world that his intentions are not for peace in the Middle East and will do anything to continue receiving $$ and “favor” from America.

    Boehner has committed sedition and should be indicted for it.

  19. I draw the line here, obama is just whining cuz he did not get his way period, im with israel

  20. If you say so but why should we out source our national interest to a foreign government? I guess USA USA has been replace if Israel tell us differently

  21. All decent Americans have a bad attitude toward Israel. Israel is a war criminal and our unbridled support of their savage occupation and oppression of the Palestinians has cost us many billions of dollars and far too many American deaths. We need to cut Israel loose and let them go it alone. Our country will be far better off without the millstone of Israel around our neck. Did you know we pay more per capita in welfare payments to Israeli citizens than we do to our own?

  22. Ask your Democratic Senators and Representative to boycott Netanyahu’s address to Congress. To have members of the President’s party attending this insult to our country and our President is unacceptable. They should refuse to go. The spectacle of seeing Democratic Members of Congress applauding this war criminal spitting in President Obama’a face is repulsive. If Senators Shumer and Gellibrand attend this speech and applaud this creep, I will join the Green Party the first thing the next morning.

  23. Bibi beter Beware; Obama more popular than ever;if you disrespect him you disrespect The USA. Israel would do well to defeat him in the oncoming election to deliver a message of respect for their number 1 supporter the USA.

  24. A Step Too Far
    There seems to be a growing backlash to the Netanyahu-Boehner speech stunt, both in the United States and Israel. As you can see from our current feature story, former Israeli Ambassador to the United States Michael Oren has said the speech threatens a rift with the US and should be canceled. I want to say more about Oren’s remarks and their context. But before getting to that, a few other developments.
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