The White House refused to give Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon an audience with Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, and National Security Advisor Susan Rice during his trip to the United States this week, senior American officials confirmed Friday. The reason for the cold shoulder was a number of statements Ya’alon made six months ago, in which he criticized the Obama administration and Kerry in particular.
“Given some of his comments in the recent past, it should come as no surprise that he was denied some meetings,” a senior U.S. official told Haaretz. During his visit, Ya’alon met with Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power. A senior American official told the Associated Press that the White House wanted to instruct Power to decline meeting with Ya’alon but that they had only learned of the meeting after she had consented.
Apparently the meeting with Power consisted of her berating him about Israeli building in Jerusalem. There’s more:
During his visit to the U.S., Ya’alon tried to clear the air between him and the administration. Just before he left and following Economy Minister Naftali Bennett’s statements attacking John Kerry, Ya’alon issued a statement in which he praised U.S. support of Israel. During his visit to the American capital Ya’alon gave an interview to the Washington Post in which he claimed that the crisis between him and Kerry was over. “We overcame that,” he said.
Ya’alon was surprised to learn that U.S. officials leaked reports of their denying him an audience with senior officials, but he has no intention of starting another public quarrel with the Obama administration.
Could anything be more juvenile? These are supposedly professionals! The intention was to weaken Ya’alon here in Israel, but it probably had the opposite effect. According to Ha’aretz, Ya’alon was informed a week ago that his meeting requests would not be honored, but US officials waited for the most opportune time to leak it to the press.
Just more evidence, if more is needed, of the US administration’s contempt for Israel.
I have a message for the crowd of middle-school pupils that Obama has selected as advisers and staff:
You don’t get it, but Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood, the Iranian regime, Bashar al Assad, and other Islamist radicals that you either support or fail to oppose are your enemies. They would love to cut off your head, Susan Rice, and yours too, Zbig Brzezinski. Today Israel is sitting right on the seam line between civilization and barbarism, and if you know what’s good for you, you will hold your Israel-hating noses and support her.