President Obama Informs Netanyahu That US Government Is Re-Evaluating Relationship With Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu didn’t get to celebrate very long after his election victory as President Obama called the foreign leader to deliver on a promise made after Bibi disrespected the White House earlier this year.

In a long-awaited announcement, President Obama told Netanyahu on Thursday that the US government is finally going to re-evaluate its relationship with Israel. That’s probably not the kind of congratulatory phone call Netanyahu wanted.

According to the New York Times, an anonymous administration official recounted the phone call.

“The president told the prime minister that we will need to re-assess our options following the prime minister’s new positions and comments regarding the two state solution.”

The moves comes after Netanyahu promised that a two-state solution would never come to fruition as long as he is in charge in what is largely considered a desperate last ditch effort to appease hard-line right-wing Israeli voters in the last hours of the election. Netanyahu also insinuated that Arab Israelis are an enemy of Israel when he warned that they were voting in “droves.” The Prime Minister’s obvious goal was to bring more Jews to the polls by using a touch of racism. In short, Netanyahu’s own mouth is to blame for souring the friendship between America and Israel.

And it looks like all the options are on the table, including how the United States deals with Israeli-Palestinian issues at the United Nations.

For years, the US has used its veto power to block efforts to create a Palestinian state, which would effectively enact the two-state solution the rest of the world has supported for a long time as a way to resolve the longstanding conflict between Israel and the Palestinian people. And now, it appears the US may now be willing to allow a resolution “calling for the establishment of a sovereign Palestine roughly along the pre-1967 lines that divided Israel from the West Bank and Gaza.”

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said that the words coming out of Netanyahu’s big mouth “do have consequences for actions that we take at the United Nations and other places.”

“Steps that the United States has taken at the United Nations had been predicated on this idea that the two-state solution is the best outcome,” Earnest added. “Now our ally in these talks has said that they are no longer committed to that solution. That means we need to re-evaluate our position in this matter, and that is what we will do moving forward.”

Sounds like President Obama has more of a spine when it comes to foreign policy than Republicans thought.

The move the US makes could also have worse consequences for Israel since Palestinians have been trying to nail the Jewish State for crimes against humanity committed during the recent violence in Gaza.

Despite the US claim to be opposed to ethnic cleansing and the nations who commit it, we have repeatedly blocked UN votes condemning Israel for those exact war crimes. Now, that may change. And since Palestine is officially joining the International Criminal Court next month to make the case against Israel, Netanyahu could very well be facing a double whammy in the near future. It could also be a triple whammy if President Obama is able to reach a deal with Iran. If taking the $3 billion a year in defense aid from US taxpayers is also on the table, that would be a quadruple whammy of historic significance.

As Agence France-Presse notes, it has been “30 years since then president Ronald Reagan allowed anti-Israel resolutions to pass at the UN after Israel bombed Iraq’s nuclear facilities.”

To recap, Netanyahu approved of a campaign of genocide against the Palestinian people and has used the American government to shield his nation from international consequences. He spoke to Congress in an effort to sabotage delicate negotiations with Iran that would prevent the Iranians from getting a nuclear weapon. In doing so, he disrespected the White House and the American military he would gladly see fight a bloody costly war in Iran while Israel watches from the sidelines. Then he went back to Israel and ramped up anti-Arab sentiment and withdrew his support of an independent Palestine just so he could win a fourth term as prime minister, a post he has held for far too long. And now, his words and actions are coming back to bite him and the people of Israel in the ass. Israel has lost respect from the world and has become a dangerous threat to peace as Netanyahu continues to seek Israeli dominance of the region.

For months, many, including myself, have called for the US government to re-evaluate our relationship with Israel. And now it is happening. Not only could Israel face condemnation at the UN, the creation of a Palestinian state, and a separate US-Iran peace deal, they are losing the best friend they have ever had in its 67 year history as a created state. And Israelis only have Netanyahu to blame and themselves for voting for him again.