When words matter and when they don't
President Hussein Obama and his State Department have made a big deal out of Prime Minister Netanyahu's election campaign statement
- since walked back
- that there would be no 'Palestinian state' on his watch. The Obami have claimed that 'words matter
' (Hat Tip: Memeorandum
"We take him at his word when he said that it wouldn't happen during his
prime ministership, and so that's why we've got to evaluate what other
options are available to make sure that we don't see a chaotic situation
in the region," the president said in an interview with The Huffington
Post on Friday.
Citing a similar statement by White House spokesman Josh Earnest, Rabbi Shmuely Boteach points out that the Obama administration doesn't treat all words equally.
So let’s get this straight. When foreign
leaders speak, it matters. What they say is consequential. Bibi’s going
to have to pay for his remarks.
But I have one question. Why doesn’t any of this apply to Iran? Why, on Saturday Ayatollah Ali Khameini uttered the words “Death to America” even as John Kerry was expressing optimism the very same day that the United States would come to a nuclear accord with Iran!
Suddenly, Iran’s words don’t matter?
Labels: Ayatollah Ali Khameni, Bill Clinton, Binyamin Netanyahu, Ehud K. Olmert, fierce moral urgency, Hillary Clinton, hypocrisy, Iran, Jackson Diehl, Rabbi Shmuely Boteach