White House planted false tale re Bibi speech....
This NY Times correction at the bottom of a Jan. 29 article on Israeli-US relations after the recent spat over PM Netanyahu's speech says it all:
Correction: January 30, 2015
An earlier version of this article misstated when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel accepted Speaker John A. Boehner’s invitation to address Congress. He accepted after the administration had been informed of the invitation, not before.
In other words, the White House deliberately sandbagged a foreign leader whose country is a key ally. The apparent motive: to cause a change in the Israeli government after the March elections.
The premise of the Times‘ original reporting, and the massive political and diplomatic firestorm that followed, was that Bibi had committed a truly unpardonable sin—the word “unprecedented” was used by MSNBC and Fox News alike—by failing to even bother notifying the White House before accepting Republican Speaker John Boehner’s invitation to address Congress on the Iranian nuclear program. In doing so, Bibi had not only disrespected the current occupant of the White House, whose aides have called Bibi a “chickenshit,” but much more seriously—the institution of the Presidency itself.
The Times‘ original version of events, which was based on the word of senior White House sources—who else could be authorized to state with certainty that Bibi hadn’t bothered to inform the White House of his visit?—quickly went viral. Israel’s Prime Minister hadn’t simply accepted an invitation to address Congress. . . . Instead, the Prime Minister of Israel was planning to waltz into Congress like he owned the place while giving the Institution of the Presidency the finger, in open violation of established diplomatic protocol. Commentators across the political spectrum united in stuttering outrage at Bibi’s hubris, and his stunning disregard for American Constitutional norms. . . .
Only, now it turns out that—according to the Times—the story wasn’t true at all. In fact, Netanyahu had informed the White House of his visit before announcing it to anyone—a minor detail which means that the paper’s original reporting and all the huffing, puffing outrage that followed was dead wrong.
SO: Senior White House aides deliberately sabotaged Israel's prime minister, which they would surely not have done without approval from the very top. Fitting coming from a president who just called the Paris kosher market attacks "random" shootings.
But the latest polls show Netanyahu's Likud party gaining since the White House scheme was launched.
Bottom Line. Israel has a hyper-partisan adversary in the White House, who looks to blame Israel at every opportunity.
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