Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” host Bob Schieffer said while there has been “hard to take insults” from both sides he questions the Obama administration’s “snarky skepticism” of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu walking back his Election Day statement that he did not think there would be a Palestinian state during his tenure.
Schieffer said, “I can understand why the president would be upset when the prime minister blindsided him said he no longer favored the creation of a Palestinian state, long favored by the United States and Israel. Yet when the prime minister backed away from that Thursday, the White House reacted with pointed, even snarky skepticism as if they wanted to keep the public going. I question that.”
He continued, “Sure, the White House is upset, but let’s remember what’s important here and it is not who gets the last word on Twitter. There have been hard to take insults from both sides, but the relationship between Israel and America is unique. And Israel is the only true democracy in that part of the world. We need Israel and Israel needs us. It’s time to stop the back and forth and repair the alliance quietly. Nothing makes America and Israel’s enemies happy than believing relationship between Israel and America is unraveled. Right now, they have to wonder.”
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