Jul 28, 2014 Comments Off on Israel Furious As Obama Calls Netanyahu, Demands ‘Unconditional’ Cease-Fire Chuck Biscuits
Excerpted from The Blaze: Israeli politicians from the right and left are fuming at President Barack Obama following a late-night phone call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu calling for an “unconditional” humanitarian cease-fire, likening Obama to “background noise” and one Israeli lawmaker calling for a “cease-fire from Washington.”
The new criticism came one day after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was skewered by top Israeli media personalities after presenting a cease-fire proposal viewed in Israel as heavily tilting toward Hamas. One reporter compared Kerry’s lack of understanding of the Middle East to an “alien who just disembarked his spaceship,” while another cast him as a “blithering fool,” “dangerous,” and “duplicitous” in a column titled “John Kerry: The Betrayal.”
In their Sunday night telephone call, Obama “underscored the United States’ strong condemnation of Hamas’ rocket and tunnel attacks against Israel and reaffirmed Israel’s right to defend itself” and said that “ultimately” a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict should disarm terrorist groups and demilitarize Gaza, the White House said in a statement.
However, the part of the call that ruffled Israeli feathers was this: “Building on Secretary Kerry’s efforts, the president made clear the strategic imperative of instituting an immediate, unconditional humanitarian cease-fire that ends hostilities now and leads to a permanent cessation of hostilities based on the November 2012 ceasefire agreement.” Keep reading