Report: 'Post-partisan' Obama makes Dermer price of detente
There may be nothing in the US-Israel relationship that has gotten Barack Hussein Obama more upset
than Prime Minister Netanyahu's appointment of Ron Dermer
as Ambassador to the United States. Dermer, an American immigrant, is the scion of a Republican family from Florida. Obama doesn't like Republicans. Now, Haaretz's Barak Ravid is reporting that Dermer's replacement
is to the price of 'mending' Prime Minister Netanyahu's ties with Washington.
Senior administration officials said the White House is not planning
any retaliation against Netanyahu, nor is it considering ways to punish
him if he wins the election. Nevertheless, the wounds caused by the
premier’s address to Congress are far from being healed, and Netanyahu
will have to make great efforts to restore good relations with the Obama
“We are not the ones who created this crisis,” said
a senior administration official. “President Obama has another two
years in office and we wish to go back to a reality where you can work
together despite the differences. The prime minister of Israel is the
one who needs to find a way to fix this.”
Although White House officials don’t say so explicitly, they seem to
imply that one way to repair the relations between Netanyahu and Obama
would be to replace Israel’s ambassador to Washington, Ron Dermer. The
latter is seen as an instigator who concocted Netanyahu’s Congress
speech behind Obama’s back with John Boehner, the Republican speaker of
the House of Representatives.
In his speech to AIPAC, Netanyahu praised Dermer
for standing firm and taking the heat in Washington. If Netanyahu wins
the election and continues to back Dermer, the ambassador will find
himself isolated in the American capital. As long as Obama is in the
White House, nobody in the administration will work with him.
Former U.S. ambassador to Israel Dan Kurtzer, who is close to the Obama administration, wrote
in an article on Politico Magazine on Tuesday that “Dermer’s ability to
function as the Israeli ambassador is now severely weakened, perhaps
even fatally so.”
In acting more as Netanyahu’s personal envoy than
Israel’s ambassador, Dermer “has lost touch with a large segment of
Americans – including a majority of the Jewish community that votes for
the Democrats. Ambassadors are an expendable lot – I know from
experience – and Dermer has now outlived his usefulness as Israel’s
envoy to the United States,” Kurtzer wrote.
Petty. Vindictive. Describes Obama and his crew perfectly.
Labels: AIPAC, Barack Hussein Obama, Binyamin Netanyahu, Iranian nuclear threat, John Boehner, joint session of Congress, partisanship, Ron Dermer