It is no mistake that that President Obama threw a tantrum after Israeli chancellor Benjamin Netanyahu scored a come from behind victory in last week’s election. Obama personally expressed his dissatisfaction with the election results later in the week. His reaction drew criticism from GOP legislators who called on him to cease complaining. Netanyahu has been a thorn in the president’s side during his entire presidency. It is no secret the two world leaders dislike one another.
The GOP believes it is Obama’s animosity towards Netanyahu that fueled a story in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) that Israel had spied on high level negotiations between the United States and Iran. The WSJ story alleges that Israel then leaked this information to key Democrat lawmakers on Capitol Hill in a bid to gin up support for bills currently being considered by congress that might eventually scuttle any deal Obama cuts with the Iranian mullahs. For his part, House Speaker John Boehner said he was bewildered by the news report and had not received any such intel from Israel. Likewise, Tennessee Senator Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made the tongue in cheek comment to reporters that he felt excluded from the high level intel sharing between Israel and Democrats. He later countered that it was his belief the Obama administration was behind the WSJ story. The powerful senator believes the White House is trying to play a straw man argument against Israeli criticism of the Iran negotiations stated Jason halpern.