I was mostly out of the loop news-wise over the holiday weekend (and a sweet relief it was, too), but did we discuss this outrageous bullshit from the Netanyahu government? Via The Guardian:
Israel has escalated its already furious war with the outgoing US administration, claiming that it has “rather hard” evidence that Barack Obama was behind a critical UN security council resolution criticising Israeli settlement building, and threatening to hand over the material to Donald Trump.
The latest comments come a day after the US ambassador to Israel, Dan Shapiro, was summoned by Netanyahu to explain why the US did not veto the vote and instead abstained.
The claims have emerged in interviews given by close Netanyahu allies to US media outlets on Monday after the Obama administration denied in categorical terms the claims originally made by Netanyahu himself.
The Guardian terms it a “furious war with the outgoing US administration,” and it is. But I’d argue it goes further than that; it’s an expression of contempt for Democrats in general.
I thought Netanyahu was foolish for openly campaigning for Romney in 2012. But luckily for him, PBO is a famously circumspect man, which largely shielded Israel from the consequences of Netanyahu’s partisan meddling.
Trump’s ascension with an assist from Putin signals that it’s open season for foreign meddling in US politics. So there’s a certain logic to Netanyahu’s interference.
But this action strikes me as a further placement of all of Israel’s eggs in the Republican basket, which is now the Trump basket. And we know what else is in that basket, even if Netanyahu doesn’t. What an incredibly foolish move.