The White House Is Gearing Up To Undercut Netanyahu’s Plan To Sabotage Obama


The White House is weighing options for a media blitz that will direct attention away from Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s U.S. visit and speech before Congress.

The AP reported that the White House is weighing several options:

Administration officials have discarded the idea of President Barack Obama himself giving an Iran-related address to rebut the two speeches Netanyahu is to deliver during his early March visit. But other options remain on the table.

Among them: a presidential interview with a prominent journalist known for coverage of the rift between Obama and Netanyahu, multiple Sunday show television appearances by senior national security aides and a pointed snub of America’s leading pro-Israel lobby, which is holding its annual meeting while Netanyahu is in Washington, according to the officials.

This is a variation of the same strategy that the president has used more often in recent times. After the Republican victory in the 2014 midterm election, the White House countered any growing Republican momentum with a strategy of action and media appearances that took anyway any honeymoon period that the new Republican congressional majority might have enjoyed.

The White House is very good at counter-programming against staged Republican publicity stunts like the Netanyahu visit. The strategy to undercut the Boehner/Netanyahu conspiracy illustrates that despite what the administration might say publicly, the Netanyahu visit is not welcome.

The power of the bully pulpit is strong. It would have been a bad idea for the White House to feed the media storyline of Obama versus Netanyahu by having the president give his own speech on the Iran nuclear talks.

If Boehner and Netanyahu thought that the president was going to sit back and allow them to tear him apart in his own country, they were wrong. The White House is going to derail the Republican attempt to embarrass the president. Netanyahu is free to visit the United States, but that doesn’t mean that he has to be given an uncontested platform to insult President Obama.

24 Replies to “The White House Is Gearing Up To Undercut Netanyahu’s Plan To Sabotage Obama”

  1. Glad to see that Obama isn’t going to let Boehner and Netanyahu run all over him. Already there has been bad publicity about the visit, and a media blitz by the Obama administration will continue the bad publicity for Boehner and Netanyahu. Meanwhile, talks with Iran continue.

  2. I have never liked Netanayahu. He is a right wing racist zealot as bad as Pat Robertson. I have especially despised him since Operation Cast Lead, the hideously brutal slaughter of 1400 Gazans in 2009, conveniently ended just before President Obama’s inauguration.

    Netanayahu was facing reelection that year too, if you recall.

    He has made common cause with right wing end times evangelical Christians because to him, they are useful idiots but to diaspora Jews they are a major threat to peace. They, like Netanayahu wants a war with Iran. The evangelicals want it because it will bring about Armageddon and all the Jews will be wiped out.
    Netanayahu thinks he can bully the US into fighting a war with Iran for him.

    He’s done enough damage to the peace process. I hope the Israelis have had enough of this nutjob too.

  3. Frankly I think the White House in making a major media blitz on the Netanyhu visit is not necessary. Already there is enough bad press on it and it appears the majority of us Americans disapprove of this visit. I do think an investigation into violations of the Logan Act are needed on the Speaker and that should be enough to sand bag the whole speech.

  4. Have Sec. of State Kerry’s staff explain to the Israeli embassy that we want to start seeing other countries.

    Like Palestine.

    We really don’t need mid-East oil. So we really don’t need Israel. Let them rot in the bloody stew they’ve cooked up for themselves.

    Send their aid $$$$ to Detroit.

  5. President Obama, as the Statesman he is, has allowed Netanyahu enough time to withdraw his acceptance of Boehner’s offer to speak before a joint session of Congress in order to embarrass the president and meddle in foreign policy making, which is in clear violation of the Logan Act.

    Netanyahu seems determined to insult and disrespect our president.

    I’m looking forward to President Obama’s media blitz to suck the oxygen out of Netanyahu and Boehner’s attempt to undermine U.S. foreign policy that is geared toward peace instead of another unnecessary war we CAN’T afford.

    I am so proud of our president!

  6. “BiBi” Netanyahu is a RW hack that will lose his reelection bid because of his dirty, sneaky, unethical behavior. Because of him, Israel is losing support among the people in the United States. I’d be interested to see a new poll to see how much American support has dropped since he’s been in office! Let the people of Israel know.

  7. The thing about his rebuttal is that you won’t see him walking down a spiral staircase, taking a swipe at a water bottle or talk about bread bags on his feet.Yet Fox and right wing blogs will find some way to make him into a Israel hating Muslim.

  8. The RW extremists are in full swing on the Israeli blogs! Trying to make another country think that America is ok with
    “BiBi” disrespecting our country!

  9. I’d love to see an announcement to the press gaggle that Netanyhoo is as welcome to visit as any other foreign national and holidaymaker…

    ….At about the same time as a State Department issues a press release stating that his diplomatic visa has been suspended until after the Israeli election, but his visa for a holiday would be processed in sequence.

  10. They always are, LF. It’s as if they’re totally blind to Netanyahu’s many faults. Anything he does is A-OK with them because they believe he’s the only one who can keep Israel safe. Bibi is a millstone around Israel’s neck and the source of many of its problems with its neighbors, the U.S., and other nations because the only way Bibi knows how to deal with his enemies is to attack, demonize and bully them. He showed who he really is when the comptroller’s report was released and he refused to appear before the public to discuss findings showing that he and his family are living high on the hog on Israeli taxpayers’ backs. A Ynet journalist wondered how Bibi can claim to be able to face-down Israel’s enemies when he’s too cowardly to address the claims in the comptroller’s report before the nation. He’s recently emerged to claim that opposition parties are out to “get” him. He still won’t address his over-the-top spending habits, though, coward that he is.

  11. Hasn’t Obama provided more funding to israel than any other president? And Netanyahu does this. Can we claw back any of that financial support?

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