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'Madness': Netanyahu's handling of US relations under scrutiny after UN vote | Benjamin Netanyahu | The Guardian
Tone in parts of Israeli media borders on contempt, as prime minister's growing friction with Biden linked to US abstention

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Tone in parts of Israeli media borders on contempt, as prime minister's growing friction with Biden linked to US abstention

The Israeli prime minister's handling of relations with the Biden administration, which led the US on Monday to decline to veto a ceasefire resolution at the UN security council, has been greeted by sharp criticism by Israeli commentators.

After the US abstention, prominent columnists across the Israeli media condemned Benjamin Netanyahu's growing friction with the US president, Joe Biden.

While Netanyahu, who has faced plummeting public approval ratings since Hamas's surprise 7 October attack on southern Israel, has long been a target for a large section of Israel's commentariat, the tone in some quarters after the rare US abstention in the security council bordered on derision and contempt.

Driving the sentiment is the vivid awareness within Israeli society of the huge importance of the US-Israeli relationship in terms of financial aid, arms sales and Washington's diplomatic support, including its frequently used veto on Israel's behalf on the security council.

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Washington's decision not to use its veto came after a weekend in which US officials say they spoke non-stop to Israeli counterparts warning them in advance, suggesting that Netanyahu's decision to cancel a visit by a delegation to the US in the aftermath of the vote was more calculated theatre than the result of surprise.

In the Hebrew-language newspaper Ma'ariv, Ben Caspit described the approach of the Israeli prime minister as "delusional", "madness" and "terrifying", adding: "This man is putting us all at risk: our future, our children's future, the strategic alliance that is the keystone of Israeli national security."

Equally damning was the lead editorial in the left-leaning Israeli newspaper Haaretz, which described Netanyahu as "Israel's agent of destruction" who "has become a burden for Israel".

"He is exposing it to strategic risks that could exact a very heavy price. For the sake of his own political survival, he is wilfully harming Israel's citizens. He must resign and give Israel a chance to rescue itself from the damage he has caused."

The centre-right Yedioth Ahronoth was no less scathing, featuring a cartoon of a diminutive Netanyahu arm-wrestling a much larger Biden, in which Netanyahu's fist barely encircles Biden's finger.

In the same paper, the columnist Nahum Barnea painted an imagined scene where US officials were seen laughing at Netanyahu's cancellation of a delegation to Washington in protest.

"Netanyahu," he continued, "has been dealing with America the way a spoiled teenager deals with his parents: with perpetual rebellion, perpetual insults and perpetual scandals."

Outside the media, the renewed calls for Netanyahu to resign were echoed by others including Gershon Baskin, who was involved in the negotiations to secure the release of the kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit over a decade ago.

"Netanyahu is off the rails," wrote Baskin on X. "He is an existential danger to Israel. He must be gone from our lives."

Many of those criticising Netanyahu offer the same trenchant analysis. Faced with dismal poll numbers, widespread unpopularity after 7 October - the security failings of which are blamed on him - and a political crisis over ultra-Orthodox conscription, they suggest that Netanyahu has sought to pick a fight with Biden to appear "strong".

The growing criticism of Netanyahu's calculations come amid warnings that unanimous passage of the UN security council ceasefire resolution, with the US abstention, presages stronger moves against Israel amid growing calls for further sanctions and restrictions on arms transfers.

While UN resolutions are in theory binding on member states, the reality is that the passage of the resolution is likely to be more important in reinforcing moves beyond the security council.

As the former US ambassador to Israel Daniel Kurtzer explained on Monday, the Biden administration "is weighing whether Israel is in compliance with National Security Memorandum-20 which … requires recipients of US arms to provide assurances that US arms will be used in accordance with international law and that they will not impede or restrict the delivery of US humanitarian assistance".

The resolution may also weigh indirectly on legal cases before international bodies, including the international court of justice and international criminal court, as well as on deliberations by individual countries and bodies such as the EU over potential punitive action.

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Attempting to explain the thinking behind the US abstention on Monday, Frank Lowenstein, a former state department official who helped lead Israeli-Palestinian negotiations in 2014, told the Washington Post he believed three major factors drove the move.

They include deep disagreements between Washington and Israel over a large-scale invasion of Rafah, the catastrophic humanitarian situation in Gaza, and Israel's announcements of new settlements while the secretary of state, Antony Blinken, was visiting the country on Friday.

"Biden did everything he could for months to avoid a big public fight. It reflects a very serious shift in the White House's position towards how to manage the Israelis throughout the rest of this war. The Israelis are either going to pay attention now or we're likely going to continue down this path."

In a further sign of Israel's diplomatic difficulties, Annalena Baerbock, the minister for foreign affairs of Germany, a country historically one of Israel's strongest supporters, said she would send a delegation to remind Israel of its obligations under international humanitarian law.

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Kavika
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1  seeder  Kavika     3 weeks ago
"Netanyahu," he continued, "has been dealing with America the way a spoiled teenager deals with his parents: with perpetual rebellion, perpetual insults and perpetual scandals."

Now Netanyahu has rescheduled the meeting that he canceled with the US administration when he had a moment of insanity or he saw the US polls that day and knew if he did do something the thin ice he is on would soon be no ice.

 
 
 
George
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1.1  George  replied to  Kavika @1    3 weeks ago
Now Netanyahu has rescheduled the meeting

Bullshit, complete bullshit.

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Jean-Pierre   said   in Wednesday's briefing that “the prime minister’s office has agreed to reschedule the meeting dedicated to Rafah” and they are working to find “a convenient date.”

White House Confirms Israel Delegation Will Meet With U.S. After Netanyahu Canceled (msn.com)

This is from Bidens Press secretary, after Joe dementia called begging for a meeting Bibi agreed to reschedule when convenient the meeting with the old fool.

 
 
 
Kavika
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1.1.1  seeder  Kavika   replied to  George @1.1    3 weeks ago

Israel asks US to reschedule scrapped meeting on Rafah military plans

Do you have anything to say about the article itself?

 
 
 
Greg Jones
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1.2  Greg Jones  replied to  Kavika @1    3 weeks ago

Netanyahu cares little what Biden says or does as he continues to cleanse Gaza of its Hamas terrorists. It's doubtful he will be going anywhere anytime soon because some in Israel sympathize with the Palestinians. Is there a valid reason you never seem to criticize Hamas and Palestinian militants for failing to release any hostages who are still alive....and then simply surrender?

 
 
 
Kavika
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1.2.1  seeder  Kavika   replied to  Greg Jones @1.2    3 weeks ago
Is there a valid reason you never seem to criticize Hamas and Palestinian militants for failing to release any hostages who are still alive....and then simply surrender?

Is there a valid reason that you don't read or can't understand when I talk/criticize Hamas/Hezbollah/Islamic Jihad? IMO, Hamas isn't going to release the hostage unless they get everything they want and don't see any way that Hamas will surrender, it would simply be another way of them dying, fighting or in prison.

I'm not the subject of the article, so if you have something additional to say about the article, now is the time.

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
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2  Sean Treacy    3 weeks ago

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