Republican hero Netanyahu has been broken by President Obama as the tough-talking conservative tried to make things right with the White House by apologizing to Israeli Arabs for race-baiting comments.
According to The New York Times:
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel apologized Monday for warning last week that Arab citizens were voting in “droves,” comments that have been denounced by President Obama, other world leaders, American Jewish leaders and many Israelis as anti-democratic, race-baiting and fear-mongering.
“I know that my comments last week offended some Israeli citizens and offended members of the Israeli Arab community,” Mr. Netanyahu said, according to a translation provided by his party, Likud. “This was never my intent. I apologize for this.”
It is amazing how quickly the Republican hero crumbled after the Obama administration suggested that they may have to reassess their across the board support for Israel in the UN. Netanyahu has flip-flopped on opposing the two-state solution, shut up about the nuclear deal that the Obama administration is negotiating with Iran and has now apologized to Israeli Arabs for his ugly race baiting.
The message is clear. Obama owns Netanyahu. The Israeli Prime Minister needs the American President. Netanyahu can’t afford to jeopardize the U.S./Israeli relationship. While the president has maintained that this rift will not impact security arrangements between the two countries, it is clear that Netanyahu remains terrified that the United States may become inclined to think twice before unconditionally backing Netanyahu in the UN.
Republicans have accused President Obama of going on a mythical apology tour for years, but they stay silent while their hero Netanyahu flip-flops and apologizes for the very things that conservatives loved him for.
Obama is the senior partner in this relationship, and all it took was one little possible doubt to remind Netanyahu of who is in charge.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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